Mega Millions is one of our favorite multi-state draw games, but how well do you know how to play it? And how much do you know about it?
Read our blog to learn interesting facts and how you can potentially WIN BIG with Mega Millions!
1) When was Mega Millions first introduced?
According to the Mega Millions website, the draw game was initially known as “Big Game,” and was first introduced to residents of Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia on August 31, 1996.
In May 2002, the draw game was renamed to its current name, “Mega Millions”. California became a member of the game in June 2005. Today, Mega Millions is played in 46 jurisdictions, including 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
2) How much is the Mega Millions jackpot?
The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million and grows over time; increasing by at least $5 million for every draw where the prize goes unclaimed. On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions reached its largest jackpot ever at $656 million. The jackpot was split three ways, by winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
3) How do you play Mega Millions?
To play, you pick five numbers between 1 and 70 and one MEGA number between 1 and 25. The jackpot is won by matching all five regular numbers and the MEGA number.
4) How much does it cost to play Mega Millions?
Each Mega Millions ticket is $2.
5) When are the Mega Millions draw days?
Mega Millions draws take place every Tuesday and Friday. Draws close at 4:00pm Pacific Time. Make sure to purchase your lottery tickets before the draw closes!
6) What are the odds of winning a prize?
According to the California Lottery website, the odds of winning any prize in Mega Millions is about 1 in 24 and the odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 303 million.
7) How much money do you win if you get less than all 6 matching numbers in Mega Millions?
Some states with Mega Millions offer a $1 million guarantee for a 5 of 5 win.
However, the Mega Millions jackpot in California is a little different. The California Mega Millions jackpot is pari-mutuel for all prizes other than the ultimate jackpot. This means that the amount you win varies depending on the number of people who bought tickets and the number of winners.
This could mean a smaller prize, but it could also mean a jackpot that’s larger than the guaranteed Mega Million prize in other states. It all comes down to the luck of the draw!
8) How long do players have to claim prizes?
You have up to one year from the date of the draw to claim the Mega Millions jackpot prize. For all other Mega Millions prizes, you have 180 days to claim your prize.