Mega Millions Lottery

Mega Millions is touted as the lottery with the biggest jackpot game in the United States. Its jackpot starts at $12 million with other prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000.

On March 6, 2007, Mega Millions Lottery set the record for the largest US lottery jackpot when two tickets (one each from Georgia and New Jersey) split a prize of $390 million.

A Mega Millions Lottery ticket costs $1. A player picks six (6) numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five (5) from 1 to 56 (white balls) and one (1) from 1 to 46 (mega ball). Players can also opt for Easy Pick where the lottery terminal randomly selects one or more of their numbers.

In California, all prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales and the number of winners. All other Mega Millions states set the 2nd through 9th prizes at pre-determined amounts.

Some states also have the Megaplier option to increase non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3 or 4 times.

Mega Millions is drawn at 11 PM Eastern Time every Tuesdays and Fridays. Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mega Million Lottery began as the Big Game jackpot in 2000. As interest in the multi-state games grew, so did the participants. In May 2002, New York and Ohio joined Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia to create Mega Millions.

On May 15, 2002, Mega Million Lottery tickets went on sale and the first drawing was held on May 17, 2002. Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million and jackpots can easily roll to even higher levels.

By September 2002, Washington had joined Mega Millions and in December 2003, Texas began offering the game to its players. In June 2005, California became the 12th member, solidifying Mega Millions as the United States' most widely played multi-state jackpot game.

On January 31, 2010, 23 more state lotteries joined Mega Millions as an historic cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball went into effect.

Here's a list of jurisdictions where Mega Millions is available:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Washington, DC
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

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