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Mega Millions USA – American lottery

Mega Millions USA – American lottery

The roots of the American Mega Millions lottery go back to 31st of August 1996. It boasts of some of the largest lottery jackpots ever recorded, the biggest reaching $390 million, and so its reputation has spread and people all over the world play MegaMillions online and help build up and win those huge jackpot prizes.

This massive multi jurisdictional American lottery game started out as The Big Game, with 6 states participating and draws being held on Fridays. As more and more US states started to join the Big Game its popularity and reputation grew. When New York and Ohio joined on May 15th 2002 the name was changed to The Big Game Mega Millions but gradually the name was whittled down to the catchy and manageable MegaMillions monicker. Today you can buy tickets in 43 US states and foreigners can of course buy Mega Millions tickets online.

To play Mega Millions you pick 5 numbers from a pot of 56, these are referred to as the white balls plus one Mega Ball which is drawn from a seperate matrix of 46 numbers. Match your six numbers to the winning MegaMillions numbers and you’ll be dancing and singing all the way to the bank! The draw takes place at 11 pm Eastern time on Tuesdays and Fridays and Mega Millions drawing are usually held in Atlanta, Georgia. If a MegaMillions jackpot is not won, it rolls over to the next draw.

When Texas came into Mega Millions in 2003 it began offering an option which until that point had only been available in the Texas lottery, the Megaplier, which is similar to Power Play in the Powerball lottery. Basically this option proved to be so popular that it is now available in most US states and when you play MegaMillions online.

Click any of the links for more information on aspects of playing Mega Millions lottery online:

Guess Range   5/56 + PB 1/46
 
Participating   Arizona , Arkansas , California , Colorado , Connecticut , Delaware , Georgia , Idaho , Illinois , Indiana , Iowa , Kansas , Kentucky , Maine , Maryland , Massachusetts , Michigan , Minnesota , Missouri , Montana , Nebraska , New Hampshire , New Jersey , New Mexico , New York , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio , Oklahoma , Oregon , Pennsylvania , Rhode Island , South Carolina , South Dakota , Tennessee , Texas , Vermont , Virginia , Washington , Washington, D.C. , West Virginia , Wisconsin , U.S.A.
 
Schedule   Tue 23:00 Fri 23:00
 
Jackpot Type   Jackpot paid in 26 annual installments.
 
Cash Value   About 50.00%
 
Tax Requirement   About 34.00%
 
Multiplier Prizes   Multiply any non-jackpot prize amount won by 2,3 or 4, depending on the Megaplier number drawn. The 2nd prize will always be multiplied by 4, for a $1,000,000 cash prize.

Mega Millions USA – American lottery
Prize Divisions – Winning Odds

Divisions Match Winning Odds
1 Prize 5+PB 1:175,711,538
2 Prize 5 1:3,904,701
3 Prize 4+PB 1:689,065
4 Prize 4 1:15,313
5 Prize 3+PB 1:13,781
6 Prize 3 1:360
7 Prize 2+PB 1:844
8 Prize 1+PB 1:141
9 Prize 0+PB 1:75

 

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