MegaMillions Help & FAQ

Mega Millions – Home of the Giant Jackpots

Draw Day Draw Time Minimum Jackpot Record Jackpot Jackpot Odds Prize Divisions
Wednesday & Saturday 11pm ET (1pm AEST/3pm AEDT) US$15 million (approx. $19 million) US$656 million (2012) 1 : 258,890,850 9

Mega Millions is one of America’s multi-state lotteries that regularly produces giant-sized jackpots.

Like many other lotto games, Mega Millions has undergone changes both to the brand and the format over the years. Previously known as the The Big Game and then the Big Game Mega Millions, it finally changed to its current name Mega Millions in 2002.

The biggest single winner of Mega Millions came on the 25 March 2011 drawing, where $319 million USD (approx. $412 million) was claimed.

The minimum jackpot is $15 million USD (approx. $19 million), and each time it is won is paid in 30 yearly instalments, increasing by 5% each year.

Mega Millions is most renowned for the largest jackpot win ever, a staggering $656 million USD (approx. $848 million) was claimed on 30 March 2012 by three ticket-holders; from the states of Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Can I Participate in the Mega Millions?

Residents in the USA are only permitted to play the official Mega Millions lottery . At Lottoland® you can bet on MegaMillions from Australia (except South Australia), and rest assured if you predict the winning numbers then you will be paid out as if you played the game officially. Find articles about the MegaMillions in our MegaMillions Lotto Magazine including How to Bet on MegaMillions.

What Is the Format of the MegaMillions Lottery?

MegaMillions recently changed its draw format on 22 October 2013 and is now 5 from 75 white numbered balls, and 1 “Megaball” from a range of 1 – 15. There is one further ball drawn from a range of 1 to 5 and this is known as the MegaPlier. The MegaPlier is an extra feature that if bought will multiply your winnings by the number drawn out, and is applicable to all the prize divisions except the jackpot.

What Are My Potential MegaMillions Winnings?

The MegaMillions jackpot has no limits either for the size of the pot or the number of times it can rollover. The change in format of the MegaMillions game means it is even more difficult to land the jackpot as there is a 1 in 258,890,850 chance of claiming it. The previous version had odds of 1:175,711,535 of winning the main prize.

The second prize division of $1 million USD (approx. $1.3 million) is awarded for matching 5 main numbers, and if the MegaPlier drawn is number 5, then you will receive $5 million USD (approx. $6 million) if you added this feature.

How Much Does MegaMillions Cost to Bet?

A single game consisting of 5 main numbers (from 75) and 1 Megaball from a range of 1 to 15 starts at a cost of $5 each. If the official jackpot reaches US$500 million the price for a game increases to $10 due to increased insurance cost for Lottoland®. There is an additional feature called MegaPlier and for an extra $1.50 per game, it will boost any prize you win except for the jackpot. The MegaPlier is an extra ball drawn from 1 – 5, and the number drawn is the multiple of your winnings i.e. 5 will be 5 times your winnings.

Lottoland® reserves the right to increase single game prices without notice at any point due to the rising insurance costs and demand for each jackpot.

Be smart and save: Bet early and choose the subscription option to lock in the price for all upcoming draws.

How Do I Fill out a MegaMillions Bet Slip?

The MegaMillions bet slip has 6 games available for you to fill in. A single game requires 5 main numbers picked from a range 1 – 75, and 1 Megaball out of 15. Each field tells you how many more numbers are required to complete a single game. At Lottoland® if you decide to select more than 5 main numbers, then your selections will automatically be combined to bet with all the possible different games on the draw, and this is known as a System bet.

This is a convenient way of betting for the serious lotto player or those who bet as a syndicate and want to give each player a number to choose from. You can also choose to add a feature called MegaPlier that boosts your winnings in all prize categories except the jackpot.

What Is the MegaPlier?

The MegaPlier is a bonus feature that boosts your winnings in all prize divisions except the jackpot. The MegaPlier is drawn from 5 numbers and depending on which number will determine how much your prize is multiplied by. For example if you won prize category 2 of $1 million USD (approx. $1.3 million) and the MegaPlier was number 5, you would end up with $5 million USD (approx. $6 million).

What Is a Subscription?

Subscriptions remove the hassle of buying repeat games and the fear of missing out on that big jackpot win. Our Subscription feature allows you to set up a reoccurring bet or bets on a given lottery draw. The subscription is open ended and will run for as long as you want it to. You can opt out at any time and cancel the subscription in your player account. Please find more information here: How to cancel a subscription

What Does "Place bet when" mean?

This option allows you to only bet when the jackpot is a set amount or higher. So if you choose $7 million, you will only bet on the draw when the jackpot is at a minimum of $7 million.

What Are the Mega Millions Prize Divisions?

The Mega Millions is a 5 from 75 and 1 from 15 lottery. The more numbers you match with those drawn, the higher the prize category that you qualify for.

You can win the jackpot, Prize Category 1, by matching all of the draw numbers i.e. 5 of the balls drawn from 75 plus the Megaball out of 15.

The total lottery prize money is divided into 9 divisions.

Prize division Average individual prize
1 (5 main numbers + Megaball) $49,530,000.00 USD* (approx. $64 million)
2 (5 main numbers) $1,000,000.00 USD (approx. $1.3 million)
3 (4 main numbers + Megaball) $5,000.00 USD (approx. $6,460)
4 (4 main numbers) $500.00 USD (approx. $646)
5 (3 main numbers + Megaball) $50.00 USD (approx. $64)
6 (3 main numbers) $5.00 USD (approx. $6)
7 (2 main numbers + Megaball) $5.00 USD (approx. $6)
8 (1 main number + Megaball) $2.00 USD (approx. $2.50)
9 (Megaball) $1.00 USD (approx. $1.20)
* Average jackpot since 6 September 1996

When Are the Mega Millions Winning Numbers Drawn?

Mega Millions takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays 11pm (ET) in the USA and because of the time difference this equates to Wednesday and Saturday afternoon in Australia. Go to our MegaMillions Results page to find current and past winning numbers and division prizes for the Mega Millions lottery.

How Do I Get My MegaMillions Winnings?

As a Lottoland® player you will be automatically informed of results and any winnings will be credited to the balance of your Lottoland® user account automatically. You then have the option of using these winnings to bet on more games, or you can withdraw the money to your bank account.

Please note that all new Lottoland® players must first verify their identity before any withdrawals can be made due to Australian Federal Government Anti-Money Laundering legislation. Refer to our help section to find more information about how to verify your identity.

What Are the Differences Between MegaMillions and US Power?

Mega Millions and US Power are very similar in terms of format; for Mega Millions you choose 5 numbers out of a range of 1 to 75 plus 1 Megaball out of 15, while the US Power is also 5 numbers but from 1 to 69 and an additional number is drawn from 1 to 26.

The respective odds of the underlying lotteries are as follows:
US Powerball: 1 in 292,201,338
Mega Millions: 1 in 258,890,850

The main difference between the two multi-state lotteries is the starting jackpot which is a minimum of $15 million USD (approx. $19 million) for Mega Millions, whilst US Power begins at $40 million USD (approx. $52 million). Both games have an additional feature called the MegaPlier and Power Play, however whilst the MegaPlier multiplies winnings by a number drawn (aside from the main prize), Power Play has a fixed bonus for each prize category except the jackpot.

Currently US Powerball holds the world record for the largest jackpot payout of $ 1.6 billion USD (approx. $ 2.3 billion) on 13 January 2016, however MegaMillions is not that far behind with $656 million USD (approx. $848 million) claimed on 30 March 2012.

Why Is Lottoland®'s Jackpot Size Different to the One Advertised on the Official Lottery Website?

We have collaborated with one of the world’s largest insurance companies to boost the regular MegaMillions Jackpot size meaning you can only bet on this exclusive Jackpot at Lottoland®. If you would like some more information, please have a read through our blog article about special jackpots.

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