Mega Millions

Mega Millions is a multi-state US$1 lottery game in the United States. Twelve U.S. states currently license Mega Millions as a provider of multistate lotteries in those states (29 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands license Powerball, Mega Millions’ main competitor). As of 2007, Mega Millions features jackpots of at least US$12 million, payable in 26 annual payments or a lump sum cash payout.

Draws:
Mega Millions is drawn Tuesdays and Fridays

History:
Tickets went on sale in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia for the new lottery on August 31, 1996, then known as The Big Game. Six days later, the first drawing was held. Drawings were held weekly on Fridays until they held a Tuesday drawing on February 10, 1998. On January 13, 1999, jackpot winners had the choice to claim the prize in lump sum for the first time (however, an Illinois winner in late 1998 was allowed to receive their prize in cash.) In May 1999, New Jersey joined The Big Game. On May 9, 2000, The Big Game offered a jackpot worth $363 million. The prize was won by two ticket holders from different states. This was the largest under its old name and was once the world’s largest. This was later surpassed on February 18, 2006 by a $365 million jackpot from Powerball, the other big interstate lottery. On April 16, 2002, the last Big Game jackpot was won. This prize was worth $331 million and there were 3 winners. On May 14 that year, The Big Game held its last drawing. New York and Ohio joined the Big Game on May 15, 2002. This was when the game was changed to its current name, Mega Millions. Also, the “Big Money Ball” changed its name to the “Mega Ball.” After its name change to “Mega Millions” from “The Big Game,” the yellow ball in the logo of the Mega Millions read “The Big Game.” The first Mega Millions drawing was held on May 17, 2002. Three more states later joined: Washington (also in 2002); Texas (2003), and California (2005). After rolling over 15 times, Mega Millions offered a jackpot $390 million on March 6, 2007. This set a new world record for the largest jackpot, returning the title to Mega Millions after being held briefly by Powerball. There were two winners in the $390 million draw, one each from Georgia and New Jersey.

Playing the game:
As of 2007, to play the game, a player picks five numbers from 1 to 56 (white balls) and one additional number from 1 to 46 (the Mega Ball number, a yellow ball). The Mega Ball number can be a duplicate of one of the white ball numbers, since the balls are drawn from separate machines. The Mega Ball number cannot cross over to be used for matching a white ball number, or vice versa. The overall payout in Mega Millions is 50 percent.

Payouts:

Matches Payout Odds of winning
Normal balls(pool of 56) Mega ball(pool of 46)
5 1 Jackpot 1 in 175,711,536
5 0 $250,000 1 in 3,904,701
4 1 $10,000 1 in 689,065
4 0 $150 1 in 15,313
3 1 $150 1 in 13,781
3 0 $7 1 in 306
2 1 $10 1 in 844
1 1 $3 1 in 141
0 1 $2 1 in 75
Overall odds of winning any prize 1 in 40

Record jackpots:

Prize Date Winners Description
$390M March 6, 2007 Two ticket holders World’s largest jackpot
$363M May 9, 2007 Two ticket holders Largest Big Game prize
$330M August 31, 2007 Four ticket holders Largest shared MM prize
$315M November 15, 2005 Individual Largest single winning prize

Where to Play:

PlayUKinternet – Recommended
TheLotter

Source’s and Reference’s:
Wikipedia – website
Mega Millions Official – website

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