How Can Players Bet on the Mega Millions Lottery?
The Mega Millions lottery is one of America’s major draws with its massive jackpots. To bet on this lottery, players simply have to choose five main numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25 to enter the drawings. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday at 23.00 EST. All Mega Millions prizes, apart from the jackpot, have a fixed value; the only exception is in California, where non-jackpot Mega Millions prizes are pari-mutuel.
The minimum Mega Millions jackpot is $40 million and there is no maximum limit for the jackpot. There is the possibility that the jackpot rolls over, which means that it increases because it is not won by any of the players. Whenever this happens, the top Mega Millions prize will increase by a minimum of $5 million for the next drawing.
Mega Millions prizes can reach great amounts. In fact, the largest Mega Millions jackpot was an astounding $1.537 billion, which was won in October 2018. Other massive jackpots date back to March 2012 and December 2013, where three ticket holders shared a staggering prize of $656 million, and another two ticket holders shared the sum of $648 million respectively.
In all of the participating states except California, players can enjoy a supplementary game called Megaplier. This game is offered for just an additional $1 per line, and it can help boost the value of any non-jackpot Mega Millions prizes that are won. The Megaplier offers players the chance to receive a payout with a maximum of $5 million, without winning the jackpot. The prize chart below shows the various prizes that can be won with Megaplier, the payouts and the odds of a certain Megaplier number being drawn:
|Match||Base Prize||2x (1 in 3)||3x (1 in 2.5)||4x (1 in 5)||5x (1 in 15)|
|5 Numbers||$1 million||$2 million||$3 million||$4 million||$5 million|
|4 Numbers + Mega Ball||$10,000||$20,000||$30,000||$40,000||$50,000|
|3 Numbers + Mega Ball||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500|
|2 Numbers + Mega Ball||$10||$20||$30||$40||$50|
|1 Number + Mega Ball||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20|
|Mega Ball Only||$2||$4||$6||$8||$10|