Prior to Powerball rule changes resulting in a gigantic $1.5 billion jackpot in January 2016, Mega Millions awarded the top two jackpots – $656 million shared by 3 ticket holders in 2012 and $648m in 2013 shared between 2 ticketholders. The lottery draws are done on Wednesday and on Saturday.
How to Play Mega Millions
Players need to choose numbers from two different sets. Five numbers out of 75 need be selected first, plus 1 gold ball number out another set of 15 gold balls. The player needs to only guess one of the sets correctly in order to win a prize. Those that get the 5+1 combination correct, get the top jackpot. Besides these nubers, there is a Megaplier number as well, which can multiply the winnings if one chooses to pay for it.
Mega Millions Prizes and Odds
The odds of winning the top jackpot (1 in 259 million) are lower than those offered by Powerball. However, the overall odds of winning a prize is more attractive than Powerball offerings, with odds of 1 in 14.7 based on a $1 play. Other than the Grand Prize, all Mega Millions prizes are set amounts.
The lottery starts at a minimum of $15 million and grows by a minimum of $5 million per draw each time the jackpot rolls over.
|Prize Tier||Odds of Winning||Average Prize|
|1 in 258,890,850||Jackpot Prize|
|1 in 18,492,204||$1,000,000|
|1 in 739,688||$5,000|
|1 in 52,835||$500|
|1 in 10,720||$50|
|1 in 766||$5|
|1 in 473||$5|
|1 in 56||$2|
|1 in 21||$1|
There is also a multiplier feature called PowerPlay. With this feature you are able to increase non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.
|Megaplier||Prize Times MegaPlier||Odds|
|5x||Prize Won Multiplied by 5||1 in 2.5|
|4x||Prize Won Multiplied by 4||1 in 5|
|3x||Prize Won Multiplied by 3||1 in 3.75|
|2x||Prize Won Multiplied by 2||1 in 7.5|
Where can I Buy Mega Millions?
Mega Millions tickets can be purchased in multiple states including: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia. A complete list of which states can be found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Millions
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