Mega Millions FAQs

Playing Mega Millions is relatively easy and the rules are straightforward but here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Mega Millions Lottery. The answers are generally short, and often refer to more detailed explanations given elsewhere. If you have any further questions, and have not looked at the Mega Millions and Mega Millions numbers pages yet, you may find the answers there.

When does the Mega Millions draw take place?

The Mega Millions lottery is drawn twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday at approximately 23.00 EST

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What time do Mega Millions ticket sales close?

Cut off times for ticket sales prior to the draw vary from state to state so players are advised to check locally. Players buying their ticket online from a Lottery Ticket Concierge should check cut off times carefully as ticket sales can close up to five hours prior to the draw taking place.

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How do I win playing Mega Millions?

Players must choose five numbers from 1 - 75 then one further number from 1 - 15, the Mega number. Players in some states also have the option to add a Megaplier to their ticket. There are nine prize tiers ranging from just matching the Mega to matching all five and the Mega to win the jackpot. For the full prize breakdown, see the Mega Millions Prizes page.

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Can I play Mega Millions if I do not live in a participating state?

Yes. Thanks to the Online Ticket Concierge service, players can now buy tickets for lotteries even if they live outside of participating states or countries. Visit the Buy Tickets to find out more.

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If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

This varies from state to state and prize to prize, so players are advised to check with their local district for exact details. The claim period ranges from 180 days to 1 year and prizes remaining unclaimed will be retained by the winner's state lottery to be added to the prize fund or donated to good causes.

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How old do I have to be to play Mega Millions?

Age limits vary from state to state, with the maximum age limit being 21 in Arizona, Iowa and Louisiana. All players must be 18 or over to play online, but check with your local jurisdiction before playing if you are under 21.

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Are winnings from Mega Millions taxable?

All winnings from Mega Millions are subject to federal and state tax, so all players are advised to check with their local tax authority.

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What are the odds of winning a prize on Mega Millions?

The odds of winning a prize on Mega Millions are 1 in 15 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.

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Does Mega Millions have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

Yes, it is $15 million.

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Does Mega Millions have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

No, there is no rollover cap at present which means the Mega Millions jackpot will continue to roll over until it is won.

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What is the biggest jackpot ever won on Mega Millions?

The biggest jackpot won on Mega Millions to date was $656 million, which was shared by three winning ticket holders from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland on 30th March 2012. The biggest jackpot won by a single ticket holder was $319 million which was won on 25th March 2011 by one player from New York.

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When is the next Mega Millions draw?

Tuesday 25th October 2016.

What does the Mega Millions jackpot currently stand at?

The next Mega Millions jackpot is $30,000,000

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How much does it cost to buy a Mega Millions ticket?

The cost of a single ticket is $1, to add the Megaplier bonus costs an additional $1. Please note a small handling fee will also be required if you purchase your ticket through an online concierge service.

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More Information

For more information about Mega Millions, visit