How to Play

Mega Millions tickets cost $1.00 per play.                                               

Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 to 15 - or select Easy Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.

The jackpots start at $15 million and grow by a minimum of $5 million per draw each time the jackpot rolls.

What if you win the jackpot?

Annuity option: The Mega Millions annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous one. We used to pay the jackpot in equal installments, but players expressed concern that the cost of living would be increasing while their payments were not. We changed to payments that increase each year to help protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power.

See more information about the annuity option.

Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

In addition to the jackpot, there are other prizes ranging from $1 to $1,000,000*.

* In California all prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales and the number of winners. All other Mega Millions states set the 2nd through 9th prizes at pre-determined amounts.

Megaplier

Most states offer a Megaplier feature to increase non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times; it costs an additional $1 per play. To find out if your state participates, visit the lottery website in the state in which you play. The odds of each of the Megaplier numbers being drawn are listed in the Megaplier Prize Chart: