Mega Millions, the game that holds the record for the largest jackpot in North America, began on August 31, 1996, as the Big Game. In May 2002, the multi-state game was given the new name of "Mega Millions." On January 31, 2010, 23 more state lotteries, including the Iowa Lottery, began selling Mega Millions tickets as a historic cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball went into effect. The largest Mega Millions jackpot won so far was a $656 million prize split by players in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in March 2012.
Pick 5 numbers from 1 - 56 then pick your Mega Ball number from 1 - 46.
Pick your own numbers or let the computer pick them for you by asking for an easy pick.
Purchase up to 10 consecutive drawings at a time.
Drawings held at 10:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Sales cut-off time is 8:59 p.m. on the day of the drawing.
Win the jackpot by matching all 5 white numbers and the Mega Ball. Other prizes also awarded.
Mega Millions prizes must be claimed within 365 days of the drawing for which they were eligible.
Ask for the Megaplier with your Mega Millions purchase!
For an extra $1 Megaplier purchase you could multiply your prize from 2 to 4 times (except the jackpot). And if you match 5 white balls (regularly a $250,000 prize), you'll win $1 million***!
The Megaplier is chosen randomly at drawing time. How much a player's prize is multiplied is determined by the Megaplier.
|Matched Numbers||Prize (no Megaplier)||Odds|
|5 + Mega Ball||*Jackpot||1 in 175,711,536.00|
|5||**$250,000||1 in 3,904,700.80|
|4 + Mega Ball||**$10,000||1 in 689,064.85|
|4||**$150||1 in 15,312.55|
|3 + Mega Ball||**$150||1 in 13,781.30|
|2 + Mega Ball||$10||1 in 843.75|
|3||$7||1 in 306.25|
|1 + Mega Ball||$3||1 in 140.63|
|0 + Mega Ball||$2||1 in 74.80|
Overall Odds: 1 in 39.89
If the player has elected the Megaplier option, the winning matches and the probabilities for matching the numbers drawn stay the same. The following table sets forth the amounts paid to set prize winners for the multiplier numbers drawn:
|Match||MP = 4||MP = 3||MP = 2|
|5 + Mega Ball||*Jackpot||*Jackpot||*Jackpot|
|4 + Mega Ball||***$40,000||***$30,000||$20,000|
|3 + Mega Ball||***$600||***$450||***$300|
|2 + Mega Ball||$40||$30||$20|
|1 + Mega Ball||$12||$9||$6|
|0 + Mega Ball||$8||$6||$4|
* The jackpot prize will be divided equally among multiple winners based on the amount available to the lottery for the jackpot prize pool. The prize pool is estimated to be 55% of Mega Millions sales, but may be higher or lower based upon the number of winners at each guaranteed prize level, as well as the funding required to meet the official advertised jackpot. The official Mega Millions grand prize annuity amount is subject to change based on sales forecasts and/or actual sales.
**For any drawing, if prize liability exceeds the lesser of 300% of Mega Millions sales or 50% of Mega Millions draw sales plus $50 million, then these set prizes become pari-mutuel.
*** The set prize amounts published here are based on the expected number of winners sharing in the prize pool. In some cases, these prizes maybe paid on a pari-mutuel basis and will be lower than these prize levels.