What you need to know about Mega Millions to become a Millionaire

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what are Mega millions?

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with MEGA jackpots and MEGA fun.

Mega Millions is available in 47 jurisdictions, including 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Millions of players allow jackpots to rise to even higher levels more quickly. Nine thrilling ways to win the game are available after you select six numbers. The starting jackpot will change depending on sales and will be disclosed prior to each drawing until further notice.

Where can I find Mega Millions results?

on the Mega Millions official website: megamillions.com. Soon after each drawing, the winning numbers are posted. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, after Mega Millions lottery security has confirmed winning ticket sales, information on the number of winners is posted.

After each draw, many private lotteries provide an email or texting service where you can automatically receive the winning numbers.  Each Mega Millions state has a player information phone number that you can call as well.

The creation of Mega Millions?

Even more exciting than playing the game is Mega Millions’s history! Interest in multi-state games reached an all-time high in 2000 following a Big Game jackpot of a record $363 million. Additionally, the number of players increased as interest in the multi-state games did. The creation of Mega Millions was completed in May 2002 with the participation of New York, Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Beginning on May 15, 2002, sales for the nation’s newest multi-state jackpot game, the first drawing took place on May 17, 2002.

Players from other states quickly joined the massive fun! Washington had signed up for Mega Millions by September 2002, and Texas started advertising the game to its players in December 2003. California joined the group in June 2005, making Mega Millions the nation’s most popular multi-state jackpot game.

A historic cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball went into effect on January 31, 2010, and 23 additional state lotteries joined Mega Millions.

Today, including the Virgin Islands Lottery, all American lotteries participate in Mega Millions.

Where and when do the drawings take place?

Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 p.m. Central Time, 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time, and 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time is the time for Mega Million drawings. Atlanta, Georgia’s WSB-TV is where drawings are held.

What was my win amount?

Mega Millions offers nine different ways to win, with prizes starting at $2 and going all the way to the jackpot. Details on each prize level can be found on the official website.  Your non-jackpot prize is multiplied by the Megaplier you buy for an extra $1 (available in most states)

Top 10 Mega Millions lottery jackpots

According to megamillions.com, these are the top 10 Mega Millions jackpots of all time.

  1. $1.537 billion — Oct. 23, 2018; South Carolina.
  2. $1.337 billion — July 29, 2022; Illinois.
  3. $1.05 billion — Jan. 22, 2021; Michigan
  4. $656 million — Mar. 30, 2012; Kansas, Illinois, Maryland.
  5. $648 million — Dec. 17, 2013; California, Georgia.
  6. $543 million — July 24, 2018; California.
  7. $536 million — July 8, 2016; Indiana.
  8. $533 million — Mar. 30, 2018; New Jersey.
  9. $522 million — June 7, 2019; California.
  10. $516 million — May 21, 2021; Pennsylvania.


Where can I find Mega Millions to play?

There are 47 jurisdictions in which you can purchase Mega Millions tickets, including 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For information, visit the Where To Play page of the official website. For retailer/agent information, kindly contact the Mega Millions lottery in the state that is closest to you.

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What does Megaplier mean?

In the majority of states, there is a Megaplier feature that allows players to multiply non-jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3, 4, or 5. You can play the Megaplier for an extra $1 in a participating state.

If you purchased the Megaplier feature, any non-jackpot prize you win on a Mega Millions play will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn. For instance, if the Megaplier number drawn is 5 and you win the $1 million second-tier prize in Mega Millions, your prize would be a whopping $5 million if you had purchased the Megaplier for just an extra $1!

Just the Jackpot: What is it?

In some states, there is an exciting option called Just the Jackpot that offers players two chances to win the jackpot for just $3.00. Tickets only for the jackpot are not eligible for any other prize tiers.

How much time do I have to claim my Mega Millions award?

The time period for claiming prizes ranges from 90 days to one year from the draw date because claim periods vary by jurisdiction based on local rules and regulations. To find out the appropriate claim period for that ticket,  contact the lottery in the state where your ticket was bought.

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