What is Mega Millions?
Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with MEGA jackpots and MEGA fun.
You can play Mega Millions in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands; a total of 45 jurisdictions. See the Where To Play page for details. With millions of people playing, jackpots can roll to even higher levels at a faster rate. Jackpots start at $15 million. You choose six numbers and there are nine exciting ways to win in the game.
Each play costs just $1.00.
Where can I get results for Mega Millions?
Right here on the official Mega Millions website. Winning numbers are posted shortly after each drawing. Information on the number of winners is posted on Wednesday and Saturday mornings after Mega Millions lottery security has verified winning ticket sales.
Many individual lotteries offer an email or texting service where you can automatically receive winning numbers after each draw. Find your lottery on our Where to Play page for more information. You can also call a player information telephone number in each Mega Millions state. These numbers are listed on the Contact Us page.
How was Mega Millions created?
The history of Mega Millions is as exciting as playing the game! Following a record $363 million Big Game jackpot in 2000, interest in multi-state games was at an all-time high. And as interest in the multi-state games grew, so did the participants. In May 2002, New York and Ohio joined Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia to create Mega Millions!
Sales for the country's newest multi-state jackpot game began on May 15, 2002, and the first drawing was May 17, 2002. Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million and, with millions of people playing, jackpots can roll to even higher levels at a faster rate.
It didn't take long for players in other states to join the mega fun! By September 2002, Washington had joined Mega Millions and in December 2003, Texas began offering the game to its players. In June 2005, California became the 12th member, solidifying Mega Millions as the country's most widely played multi-state jackpot game.
On January 31, 2010, 23 more state lotteries joined Mega Millions as an historic cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball went into effect. Today, all American lotteries participate in Mega Millions, including the Virgin Islands Lottery.
When and where are the drawings held?
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 p.m. Central Time, 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time, 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Check with your state lottery for the cut-off time to purchase tickets.
How much did I win?
There are nine ways to win in Mega Millions, and prizes range from $1 all the way to the jackpot. See our How to Play page for details of all prize levels. Remember that if you purchase the Megaplier for an extra $1 (available in most states), your non-jackpot prize is multiplied by that Megaplier; a table summarizing Megaplier payouts is also on the How to Play page.
Where can I play Mega Millions?
You can buy Mega Millions tickets from lottery retailers/agents in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands; a total of 45 jurisdictions. See the Where To Play page for details. Please check with the Mega Millions lottery in the state closest to you for retailer/agent information.
How does Mega Millions take care of business?
Unlike some multi-state or multi-country lotteries that have central offices, all Mega Millions duties are shared by member states as part of their membership in the game.
While most accounting is handled by each member state individually, key duties such as projecting jackpots, budgeting and expenditures, settlements of draw and wagering data, financial settlements (prize expense shares and banking/cash settlements), monitoring of draw data and statistics, public relations, draw show production and broadcasting, technical duties (i.e. software development) and legal work are all shared.
How long do I have to collect a Mega Millions prize?
It depends on the state where you bought your tickets. The time period for claiming a prize ranges from 180 days to 1 year from the draw date.
Can a group of people share a Mega Millions prize?
Yes, Mega Millions prizes can be shared. Winners can decide how to share a prize when they claim it. Some restrictions do apply. Please check with the lottery in the state where you bought your tickets.
Can I buy Mega Millions tickets online?
If you are a resident of Georgia, Illinois or Minnesota, you may buy Mega Millions tickets online by registering with the lotteries of those states. You may also purchase subscriptions for Mega Millions online in New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota and Virginia. You must be residents of these states to participate in these purchase options. Details may be found on those lotteries' websites (see Where to Play).
What happens to Mega Millions payments if the winner dies before collecting?
If a winner dies before receiving all annual payments, Mega Millions will continue to pay the annual payments, as scheduled, to the winner's designated beneficiary or to the winner's estate.
Winners who choose the annuity method will receive an immediate payment followed by 29 annual Mega Millions payments. Check with your state lottery for more specific information.
Are prizes taxable?
Yes. All prizes are subject to income taxes. For tax-withholding information, please check with your Mega Millions lottery.
What are the payout options?
If you are a Mega Millions jackpot winner, you will have the choice of a Cash Option or an Annual Payout. Annuity option: Provides for an initial annual payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5 percent larger than the previous one. Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. Prize claim parameters vary from state to state. Contact your Mega Millions state lottery for detailed information.
What happens if I lose a ticket?
Mega Millions is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Protect yourself by signing the back of your tickets. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. Unless signed, anyone in possession of the ticket can file a claim.
What happens to a Mega Millions jackpot prize if it is not claimed?
If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the required time limit (which varies by state), each participating state in the Mega Millions game will get back all the money that state contributed to the unclaimed jackpot. Each state uses its unclaimed lottery prizes for different purposes. Contact the lottery where you play to find out how unclaimed prizes are used.
Can a Mega Millions jackpot winner claim the prize anonymously?
Public disclosure laws vary from state to state. Some states require their lotteries to publicly identify winners, while others do not. Check with your Mega Millions state lottery.
What is the Megaplier?
Most states use a Megaplier feature in which players can increase non-jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. In a participating state, you can play the Megaplier for an extra $1. Any non-jackpot prize won on a Mega Millions play will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn if you have purchased the Megaplier feature. For example, if you win the $1 million second-tier prize in Mega Millions, and the Megaplier number drawn is 5, your prize would be a whopping $5 million if you purchased the Megaplier for just $1 extra! To find out if your state participates, visit the lottery web site in the state in which you bought the ticket.
Mega Millions is now, hands down, the biggest jackpot game in the country! With millions of people playing, jackpots can roll to even higher levels at a faster rate. Jackpots start at $15 million. You choose six numbers and there are nine exciting ways to win in the game.
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