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The Mega Millions California lottery is a classic choice for lottery players who like to pick their numbers and go for the big jackpot. If you have a selection of lucky digits, this game gives you the perfect opportunity to put your wager on them, with the chance to win millions.
How Does the Mega Millions Work?

Mega Millions is a national lottery that you'll find throughout the United States. However, each state operates the lottery independently and the rules may vary by location. The California Mega Millions does not use the MEGAplier or other additional wagers.

To play you pick five numbers between 1 and 70 and one MEGA number that's between 1 and 25. If you want to randomize your Mega Millions numbers, you can also opt for the Quick Pick option. This offers a selection of randomly generated numbers. You can use Quick Pick for the first five numbers, just the MEGA number, or all six.

With a single slip, you can select up to five plays with your own numbers or up to ten plays using Quick Pick numbers.

How to Fill Out Your Slip

If you're writing on a paper slip, it's important to follow these guidelines:

• Use blue or black ink
• Write your numbers clearly
• Don't erase – use the VOID box if you make a mistake

You can make it easier to avoid common errors by ordering your tickets online. Simply click on your lucky numbers and order the tickets.

Once you receive your Mega Millions ticket, it's important to make sure everything is in order. You don't want the hassle of an error if you win!

• Check all your numbers carefully
• Sign the back of the ticket
• Keep your ticket in a safe place
How Does Advance Play Work?

If you want to play for multiple days with a single slip, you can choose the Advance Play option. This allows you to play anywhere from two to eight days in advance. You can also choose a 16-day or 20-day advance play option.

How Late Can You Buy a Ticket for Mega Millions?

The California Lottery's tickets are distributed through 22,000 authorized retailers in the state of California. You can purchase your tickets as late as 7:45 p.m. Pacific Time on the day of the draw. Draws take place on Tuesday and Friday.

How Much Can You Win with MEGA Millions?

The jackpot for Mega Millions is the same nationwide, and grows over time. It starts at $40 million and increases by at least $5 million for every draw where the prize goes unclaimed. To win the jackpot, you must match all five numbers and the Mega Ball number.

Though some states with Mega Millions offer a $1 million guarantee for a 5 of 5 win, the Mega Millions jackpot in California is pari-mutuel for all prizes other than the ultimate jackpot. The amount you win varies depending on the number of people who bought tickets and the number of winners.

Though this could mean a smaller prize, it may also mean a jackpot that's larger than the guaranteed Mega Millions prize in other states. It all comes down to the luck of the draw.

How Do You Collect If You Win?

If you're a lucky lottery winner of the Mega Millions jackpot, you'll typically receive your winnings over 30 yearly payments. If you would prefer to take the cash value of the prize rather than the annual payments, you have 60 days from the date of the lottery to select this option.

How Much Do You Get If You Have the MEGA Ball Number?

The Mega Ball number increases your winnings for any match. For the Mega Ball choose a single number between 1 and 25. Potential winnings vary with ticket sales, so you'll want to check back regularly to see how the winnings are trending now.

If you're ready to take your change with the Mega Millions CA lottery, don't wait! You can purchase your tickets online now and catch the next drawing to test your luck. You could find yourself cashing in on millions!