Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 pm ET. Five white balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 70; one gold Mega Ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 25. You win if the numbers on one row of your ticket match the numbers of the balls drawn on that date. There are nine ways to win a prize, from $2 to the jackpot. If no one wins the jackpot, the money is added to the jackpot for the next drawing. Overall chances of winning a prize are 1 in 24.
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*Prize amounts in California are paid on a pari-mutuel basis and will differ from the fixed prize amounts shown here. Go to http://www.calottery.com/play/draw-games/mega-millions for the California Lottery Web site and prize amounts.