Mega Sena FAQs

Mega Sena is easy to play and offers the chance to win some great prizes. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the game.

Question: When does the Mega Sena draw take place?

Answer: Mega Sena draws are held twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8pm Brasilia time.

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Question: What time do Mega Sena ticket sales close?

Answer: Ticket sales for Mega Sena close approximately three hours before the draw takes place (5pm Brasilia time), but if you are playing through a lottery concierge service, you may want to buy your tickets earlier to avoid disappointment.

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Question: How do I win playing Mega Sena?

Answer: Mega Sena prizes are paid from matching four main numbers upwards. To win the jackpot, players must match all six main numbers drawn.

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Question: Can I play Mega Sena if I don't live in Brazil?

Answer: Yes! You can play Mega Sena online, no matter where you are located, through a lottery ticket concierge service. You simply choose your numbers and pay for your entries, after which a locally-based agent will buy tickets on your behalf and send a scanned copy of the entries to your online account. Once the draw is finished, your tickets will be checked and you will be paid any prizes you are due. Visit the Buy Tickets to find out more.

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Question: How old do I have to be to play Mega Sena?

Answer: You must be 18 or older to buy Mega Sena tickets.

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

Answer: All Mega Sena prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the relevant draw. After 90 days, you will no longer be able to claim any winnings owed to you.

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Question: Do I have to pay taxes on a Mega Sena prize?

Answer: All Mega Sena prizes are subject to an income tax of 13.8 percent. If you are playing Mega Sena through a lottery concierge service, it is advised that you speak with a tax professional in your country to discover if you will owe any additional taxes on your winnings.

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Question: What are the odds of winning a Mega Sena prize?

Answer: The odds of winning the Mega Sena jackpot are 1 in 50,063,860, while the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 2,298.

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Question: Does Mega Sena have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

Answer: Yes. The minimum guaranteed Mega Sena jackpot is R$2 million.

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Question: Does Mega Sena have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: There is no rollover limit or jackpot cap on Mega Sena, which can quickly push the value of the top prize to nine-figures!

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Question: What is the biggest jackpot ever won on Mega Sena?

Answer: The largest Mega Sena jackpot was worth R$263.2 million and was won by four ticket holders on Wednesday 31st December 2014. Each player received R$65,823,888.16. The largest Mena Sena prize won by a single ticket holder was worth R$205.3 million and was won on Wednesday 25th November 2015.

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Question: When is the next Mega Sena draw?

Answer: The next Mega Sena draw will take place on Wednesday 18th October 2017.

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Question: What is the current value of the Mega Sena jackpot?

Answer: The Mega Sena jackpot is currently worth R$4,000,000.

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Question: How much does it cost to buy a Mega Sena ticket?

Answer: A single ticket costs $3.00.

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