What is Mega Millions? – How to Play Mega Millions?

What is Mega Millions?

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with MEGA jackpots and MEGA fun. 

You can play Mega Millions in 45 states plus the U. S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, a total of 47 jurisdictions. 

See the Where To Play page for details. With millions of people playing, jackpots can roll to even higher levels faster. 

You select six numbers, and there are nine thrilling ways to win in the game. 

Until further notice, the starting jackpot will differ based on sales and will be informed before each drawing.

What is Mega Millions - How to Play Mega Millions

How to Play Mega Millions?

Mega Millions tickets cost $2.00 per play.

You can choose six numbers from two different pools – five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one from 1-25 for the gold Mega Ball – or you can select Easy Pick/Quick Select. Match all six winning numbers to win the jackpot.

The starting jackpot will change based on sales until further notice and will be announced before each drawing.

Mega Millions offers nine different ways to win prizes, starting at the jackpot and ending with $2:

How to Play Mega Millions

* All prizes in California are pari-mutuel. This means that payouts are determined based on the sales and number of winners. The 2nd through 9th Mega Millions prizes are set at predetermined amounts in all other Mega Millions states.

What if you win the jackpot?

Annuity option The Mega Millions Annuity is paid as one payment and then 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% larger than the last. This protects the winners’ purchasing power and lifestyle during periods of inflation.

See more information about the annuity option.

Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.


Many states offer Megaplier features to increase non-jackpot prize amounts by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. It costs $1 extra per play. The Megaplier is drawn before each Mega Millions drawing, which takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

From a pool of 15 balls, five are marked with 2X, six with 3X, three with 4X, and one with 5X. This mix results in the following odds for each of the Megaplier numbers and their associated prize values:

How to Play Mega Millions - Megaplier

Just the Jackpot

A special offer known as Just the Jackpot is offered in some states. This exciting new wager type allows jackpot players to bet only on the jackpot. 

The player will be awarded two chances to win the jackpot at the cost of $3. Only the Jackpot tickets are eligible for other prize levels. 

Visit the website of your local lottery to see if it offers this option. Links can be found on our ” How to Play” page.

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