Mega Millions Prizes
There are nine Mega Millions prize tiers, ranging from matching just the Mega Ball right up to matching the five main numbers and the Mega Ball to win the jackpot. Players must choose five main numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25 to enter the drawings, which are held every Tuesday and Friday at 23.00 EST. All 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. Whenever the jackpot rolls over, the top prize will increase by at least $5 million for the next drawing.
The largest prize ever won on Mega Millions was $656 million, which was shared by three ticket holders in March 2012. The second largest Mega Millions prize was worth $648 million, and was split between two ticket holders in December 2013.
Mega Millions Prizes and Odds of Winning
In this table, you can view the odds of winning and prizes available for each tier. Payouts range from $2 for matching the Mega Ball up to the jackpot for matching five main numbers and the Mega Ball. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24:
|5 Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 302,575,350||Jackpot|
|5 Numbers||1 in 12,607,306||$1 Million|
|4 Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 931,001||$10,000|
|4 Numbers||1 in 38,792||$500|
|3 Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 14,547||$200|
|3 Numbers||1 in 606||$10|
|2 Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 693||$10|
|1 Number + Mega Ball||1 in 89||$4|
|Mega Ball Only||1 in 37||$2|
In all participating states except California, a supplementary game called Megaplier is offered for an additional $1 per line, boosting the value of any non-jackpot prizes won. The Megaplier offers players the chance to receive a payout up to $5 million, without winning the jackpot. This chart shows the various Megaplier prizes, 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|
Just the Jackpot
Just the Jackpot was introduced in October 2017 and gives players two chances at winning the jackpot prize for the price of $3. If you choose the Just the Jackpot wager, you will only be eligible to win the jackpot prize. Players cannot claim prizes in any of the eight other prize tiers, which range from $2 to $1 million.
To enter Just the Jackpot, pick up a play slip from an authorized retailer and select your numbers. In certain states, such as Wisconsin, your numbers will be generated by the terminal. For more information, you can ask your local lottery retailer and you can also contact your nearest lottery office.