MEGA Millions Lottery

MEGA Millions Lottery Rules

Mega Millions has very simple and basic rules. To start you need to purchase a lottery ticket. Then, you have to mark down six numbers, 5 white ones fr om 1 to 70 and a gold one from 1 to 25. You can do it yourself or trust the selection of numbers to Quick Pick option.

During the draw all balls are put into two lottery drums, from which they are randomly selected afterwards to create the winning combination. The winner is the one who was able to correctly identify all six numbers. If nobody wins the current jackpot, it is increased and the entire amount is transferred to the next draw.

An additional option is called Megaplier. You need to pay extra for it, but it's worth it because if you win, your prize is multiplied by the coefficient of the current game, which can vary from two to five. Using Megaplier, you can multiply your winnings by many times. The jackpot is excluded from this option.

Date, Time and Place of Lottery

Broadcasts of Mega Millions lottery are held regularly in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 23:00 local time. Ticket sales for the next draw stop a few hours before it starts.

Requirements

Mega Millions is an American state lottery and the organizers of the game do not impose any specific requirements for participants. Any person who has reached the age of 18 by the time of ticket purchase can take part in the game. Your nationality and location do not matter.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

The size of Mega Millions the prize fund is not fixed and depends on the number of tickets sold for the current game. However, the minimum jackpot is set at $40 millions. If nobody wins it, it increases and is transferred to the next draw. In addition to the grand prize there are eight other prize categories. In each category winnings are equally divided among all winners. Due to the Megaplier option, your prize can be increased significantly. 

In order to win minimum reward, you just need to match one additional Golden ball.

Mega Millions prize categories

Match Odds Prize
5 + 1 1:302 575 350 Jackpot
5 + 0 1:12 607 306 $1 000 000
4 + 1 1:931 001 $10 000
4 + 0 1:38 792 $500
3 + 1 1:14 547 $200
3 + 0 1:606 $10
2 + 1 1:693 $10
1 + 1 1:89 $4
0 + 1 1:37 $2

Prize categories with Megaplier option

Match Megaplier 2 (1:7.5) Megaplier 3 (1:3.75) Megaplier 4 (1:5) Megaplier 5 (1:2.5)
5 + 0 $2 000 000 $3 000 000 $4 000 000 $5 000 000
4 + 1 $20 000 $30 000 $40 000 $50 000
4 + 0 $1 000 $1 500 $2 000 $2 500
3 + 1 $400 $600 $800 $1000
3 + 0
$20 $30 $40 $50
2 + 1 $20 $30 $40 $50
1 + 1 $8 $12 $16 $20
0 + 1 $4 $6 $8 $10

All Mega Millions prizes, except the jackpot, are valid during 180 days.

  • Prizes less than $249 999 are paid out during till the end of the day.
  • Prizes fr om $250 000 to $499 999 are paid out the same day they are won, if the participant can visit GLC office or local lottery departments till 4 p.m. If participant can't visit lottery office, he can get his prize the next day after draw. 
  • Prizes more than $500 000 are paid out during 5-10 working days since date of withdrawing claim and are transferred to your bank account. 

Mega Millions prize taxes

The tickets are purchased in Georgia wh ere all prizes more than $5 000 are subject to income federal taxes 25% and state tax of 6%. If player decides to get the prize personally taxes for non US residents is 36%. Organizers levy taxes during withdrawal. That’s why all winnings more than $5 000 will be transferred to the prize account levying 31% — 36% taxes.

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