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Mega Millions FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Mega Millions Lottery

Answers

1. When do the Mega Millions draws take place?

Draws take place twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday night at 23.00 ET in Atlanta, Georgia.

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2. When was Mega Millions launched?

Mega Millions launched in 1996 as 'The Big Game' with just six participating states. In 2002, its name was changed to Mega Millions and an increasing number of states have joined the game since that time.

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3. Does Mega Millions have a guaranteed minimum jackpot amount?

Yes. The guaranteed minimum jackpot is $40 million.

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4. How do I win playing Mega Millions?

There are nine winning prize tiers in Mega Millions, with prizes awarded for matching just the Mega Ball. To win the jackpot, a player must match all five main numbers plus the Mega Ball drawn. View the prizes available and odds of winning on the Mega Millions Prizes page.

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5. Can I play Mega Millions if I live outside a participating State or Jurisdiction?

Yes. You can choose your numbers online from all over the world, regardless of your location.

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6. If I win, how long do I have to claim my prize?

Claim periods vary from state to state and are between 180 days and a year. Check the claim period for your state here. Players are also advised to check the rules of the state where the ticket was purchased as prizes not claimed within the specified time period will expire.

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7. How old do I have to be to play Mega Millions?

The minimum age to play Mega Millions varies from state to state and is between 18 and 21. Players wishing to purchase tickets online must be aged 18 or over.

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8. Are Mega Millions winnings taxed?

Yes. Jackpot winnings are subject to both state and federal taxes which vary from state to state. Find out how much tax you would pay if you won a Mega Millions prize by visiting the Taxes page.

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9. Does Mega Millions have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

No. Mega Millions does not have a rollover limit or jackpot cap and will continue to roll over until a player matches all five main numbers and the MegaBall drawn.

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10. Where can I see the latest winning Mega Millions numbers?

Find the winning numbers and a prize breakdown for each draw by visiting the dedicated page.

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11. What is the Megaplier?

The Megaplier is an additional game which is offered at $1 per line, boosting the value of any non-jackpot prizes. Take a look at the Megaplier prizes here.

The Megaplier is not available in California as State law requires all lottery prizes to be pari-mutuel.

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12. How do I identify a lottery scam?

If you have received a letter, email, phone call, or text message saying that you have won a large amount of money and you haven’t purchased a lottery ticket, then it is a scam and you should not respond with any details. Scams can be reported to your state’s attorney general. Read more about scams.

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13. How do I claim Mega Millions winnings?

Prizes must be claimed in the state where your ticket was purchased. If you played online, non-jackpot prizes are paid into your account. If you win the jackpot, you will be contacted by a representative after the numbers have been checked and you will then be guided through the claims process.

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14. What are the odds of winning a Mega Millions prize?

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24. Find out more about Mega Millions prizes and odds by visiting the dedicated page.

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15. What is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won?

The biggest jackpot won was $656 million on March 30th 2012, split between three ticket holders. Take a look at some of the other biggest Mega Millions winners here.

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16. Where can I watch the Mega Millions drawing live?

Mega Millions drawings and results are broadcast through many TV stations, including; WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta, CBS-8 in California and WABC-7 in New York.

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17. How many states can participate in Mega Millions?

At present, 44 states and two jurisdictions, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, participate.

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18. What time do Mega Millions ticket sales close?

For tickets purchased through a retailer, the cut off time for purchases varies from state to state so please check the rules in your jurisdiction. For tickets purchased online, sales can close up to three hours before the draw.

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19. Where can I find the latest Mega Millions statistics?

Find the latest statistical information including the most common numbers and most overdue numbers on the Mega Millions Statistics page.

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20. What is the price of a Mega Millions ticket?

The price of a single Mega Millions ticket is $2 when purchased from an authorized retailer. A ticket with the supplementary Megaplier is an additional $1.

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