Mega Millions Help and FAQs

Have any questions? Check out some of the FAQs we’ve listed below. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, get in touch with our Customer Experience Team.

What is Mega Millions?

Mega Millions is one of the biggest lotteries in the United States, and tickets for this lottery can be sold in 45 different states across the continent, making it a multi-state lottery. It boasts some of the biggest jackpots in the world, so it is quite popular around the globe.

When and where does the Mega Millions lottery take place?

Mega Millions draws take place every Tuesday and Friday at 23:00 EST in Atlanta, Georgia.

What’s the history of Mega Millions?

The first ever draw took place on September 6, 1996, under the name ‘Big Game’, and only 6 states could participate. The ability to choose a cash payout was not available back then - this started in January 1999. In May 2002, the lottery was renamed to ‘Mega Millions’ and more states started to join. 2013 marked another special moment for Mega Millions, as it became the first lottery to offer second-tier prizes worth up to $5 million. The first ever Mega Millions jackpot was claimed by Samuel Rice and the Rice Partnership of Catham, who enjoyed a wonderful $28 million prize.

How many jackpots were won in Mega Millions?

A total of 188 jackpots were given out to 213 individual tickets and another 20 were shared by more than one ticket since 2002. 19 of Mega Millions jackpots were worth more than $300 million!

What was the biggest jackpot prize to be given out in a Mega Millions lottery?

How does $1.537 billion sound? On October 23, 2018, one lucky player won that massive sum, making it the largest ever Mega Millions jackpot to be won by a single ticket-holder, who wanted to remain anonymous. The ticket was sold in South Carolina.
The next on the list would be the whopping $656 million given out on March 30, 2012. This prize was shared between 3 ticket holders - Merle and Patricia Butler from Illinois, 3 work colleagues from Maryland, and another anonymous winner from Kansas.

I’m not sure if I won Mega Millions. What can I do to check?

To win the Mega Millions jackpot, you need to match all 5 numbers and one bonus number. However, there are other prizes to be won (see table below). You can check if your numbers match the winning numbers by visiting our Mega Millions results page. If you’re not sure which numbers you submitted, you can view them in your account. But don’t worry! We will still send you an email to inform you that you have won and we will make sure that the prize money is transferred to your account as soon as possible.

What are the odds of winning in Mega Millions?

You can win different prizes with Mega Millions, depending on how many numbers you match. Prize amounts are set, except for the jackpot amount which is determined by the number of tickets sold.
The odds of winning in Mega Millions differ across the tiers:

MatchOdds of WinningPrize *
5 + 1 1:302,575,350 Jackpot
5 1:12,607,306 $1,000,000
4 + 1 1:931,001 $10,000
4 1:38,792 $500
3 + 1 1:14,547 $200
3 1:606 $10
2 + 1 1:693 $10
1 + 1 1:89 $4
0 + 1 1:37 $2

* The amounts shown above have been taken from the official Mega Millions lottery prize breakdown.

Are there minimum and maximum amounts to Mega Millions jackpots?

The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million, and it can only go higher from there! There is no maximum jackpot, so it will continue to roll over until the jackpot is won. No wonder this lottery is called Mega Millions!

What happens when nobody wins the Mega Millions jackpot?

If nobody wins the jackpot, there will be a rollover, which means that the jackpot will increase. Since there is no capping on the Mega Millions jackpot, this will continue to increase until someone wins the jackpot.

Will there be any deductions to my Mega Millions prize?

Prizes from tiers 1-3 will have 39.6% deducted. Taxes, duties, or levies which relate to your national tax regimes may also apply.

How is the Mega Millions jackpot paid out?

Tier 1 prizes (i.e. the jackpot) can be paid out in two ways: either yearly over a period of 30 years, or as a discounted lump sum at once. This is solely at our discretion.