Mega Millions Prizes
Mega Millions jackpots have a minimum of US$40 million. If more than one ticket holder scoops the jackpot the prize is then shared equally by all the winners, but if no player successfully matches all five main numbers and the Mega Ball, the jackpot will roll over to the next game. There is no limit to the amount of time the Mega Millions can roll over nor is there a jackpot cap in place, which means jackpots can run into hundreds of millions of dollars.
The largest jackpot ever won on Mega Millions was US$656 million, which was shared by three tickets in March 2012. The biggest jackpot won by a single ticket holder was US$536 million, which was won on 8th July 2016 by a player from Indiana.
Mega Millions Prize Tiers and Odds of Winning
Players are required to match five numbers from the range 1-70 then one further number from 1 – 25. The odds of winning a prize overall are 1 in 23.9. A full breakdown of the odds and the prizes for each tier can be found in the table below:
|Match||Odds of Winning||Estimated Prize Fund (US$)|
|Match 5 plus Mega Ball||1 in 302,575,350||Jackpot|
|Match 5||1 in 12,607,306||$1 million|
|Match 4 plus Mega Ball||1 in 931,001||$10,000|
|Match 4||1 in 38,792||$500.00|
|Match 3 plus Mega Ball||1 in 14,547||$200.00|
|Match 2 plus Mega Ball||1 in 693||$10.00|
|Match 3||1 in 606||$10.00|
|Match 1 plus Mega Ball||1 in 89||$4.00|
|Only Mega Ball||1 in 36||$2.00|
Just the Jackpot
One option available in some states is for participants to play Just the Jackpot. Anyone who chooses this type of wager pays just $3 for two lines of numbers (the usual price is $2 per line), but they can only win the jackpot and cannot win a prize in any of the other tiers.
The Megaplier can be played as an additional game for an extra fee alongside the main Mega Millions game in all jurisdictions except California. The Megaplier is drawn after the main numbers and Mega number from a separate pool ranging from 2 to 5. For example, a player who matched five main numbers on Mega Millions would win a base prize of $1 million, but if they bought a Megaplier and matched a theoretical Megaplier of 3, they would win $3 million. All non-jackpot winning prizes will be multiplied by that number. The Megaplier gives players the chance to win up to US$5 million without winning the jackpot. The odds for each Megaplier appearing are as follows:
|2x||1 in 3|
|3x||1 in 2.5|
|4x||1 in 5|
|5x||1 in 15|
For more information about Mega Millions, visit Mega-Millions.com.