If winning the Jackpot is your big dream, then you should definitely play in the Mega Millions Lottery. Actually, there is almost no lottery in the world that offers so much money! In total, more than 300 million dollars has been won in this lottery. An impressive result, and one of the reasons Mega Millions is incredibly popular in the United States.
From Big Game to Mega Millions
Mega Millions was established in 1996. Back then it was known as ‘The Big Game’. The Multi-State Lottery Association changed this in 2002. Mega Millions is incredibly popular in the United States. Millions of people love to participate every week, in the hope of becoming a millionaire. However, you can also play the lottery in other countries. During the first draw just six states took part. Nowadays, much more states organize it, and perhaps because of it they’re welcoming a new millionaire soon.
Always exciting this USA lotto
In total Mega Millions has extended with 35 state lotteries in the past 20 years. Nowadays 41 states have joined together to organize this very popular lottery. This has clearly been shown during a fantastic Mega Millions Jackpot in 2007. Only in the state of Virginia alone more than 10.000 tickets were sold! Almost the entire nation was excited about this big Jackpot.
Easy to participate
It’s very easy to participate in Mega Millions. When you purchase a ticket online or in a store, you have to choose five numbers and the so-called ‘Mega Ball’. The five numbers need to be picked from a range of 1-75 and the MegaBall from 1 to 15. The MegaBall has a beautiful golden colour. The amount of money you win depends on the numbers that match with the numbers that are drawn. So you win the Jackpot when 5 numbers and the MegaBall match.
The golden Mega Ball is a great bonus for every Mega Millions player. It boosts your winnings incredibly. For example, if you have 4 matching numbers you win 500 dollars. Very nice, but if you also have the Mega Ball the win is going to be 5000 dollars! It exists since 2003 and was established by the Texas Lottery. In a way, it can be compared to the PowerPlay of the Powerball lottery. Both options multiply your win.
Odds of winning
Thanks to Mega Millions, Tuesday and Friday are more exciting than ever. In the evening the lottery draw takes place at 11 p.m. You can check the results afterwards at the website of LotteryUSA. You do need to have a bit of luck to become a millionaire though. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1:258,890,850. Fortunately the chance of winning a nice prize is a little bit higher, namely 1:14.7. Lucky winners can claim their prize 180 days after they’ve purchased the ticket. A short overview of the odds of winning during a Mega Millions draw:
Matching numbers Prize Odds of winning
5 and the bonus Jackpot 1:258,890,850
5 1 million dollars 1:18,492,204
4 and bonus 5000 dollars 1:739,688
4 500 dollars 1:52,835
3 and bonus 50 dollars 1:10,720
3 5 dollars 1:766
2 and bonus 5 dollars 1:473
1 and bonus 2 dollars 1:56
Only bonus 1 dollar 1:21
Mega Millions does not only draw 5 numbers, but also a Megaplier number that is completely random. Think about 2 or 5 times for example. So you never know how much your winning prize will be multiplied, which is a difference with the Powerball multiplier. However, both lotteries are similar in the rule that the Jackpot doesn’t have a multiplier.
In 2013, Mega Millions underwent an interesting change. It was decided that the Megaplier now gave players that have 5 matching numbers the chance of winning 5 million dollars, instead of 1 million dollars. Obviously all the participants liked this decision very much.
Very high minimum Jackpot
The minimum Jackpot of Mega Millions is 12 million dollars. If there’s no hit, this amount of money will increase very quickly. Although no winner of 12 million dollars even complained. In total more than 10 jackpots are worth more than 250 million dollars. The 5 matching numbers and the Mega Ball can really change your live forever. Of course a smaller prize is nice as well, because 100.000 or 250.000 dollars have made a lot of people incredibly happy as well. You can even win more than 100.000 dollars without having the MegaMillions Ball. We wish you the best of luck!