Mega Millions FAQs

Have you got a query about Mega Millions? Learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions here:

Answers

1. When do drawings take place?

Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday evening at approximately 11pm ET. The draws are held in Atlanta, Georgia.

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2. How do I win a prize?

To win the jackpot, you must match all five main numbers plus the Mega Ball. There are eight other ways to win prizes, and you can win $2 by matching the Mega Ball alone. Visit the Prizes page for more information.

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3. Can I still play if Mega Millions tickets aren’t sold in my state?

Yes. You can take part by visiting an authorized retailer in a participating state, although you must return to the same state to collect any prize if you win. As an alternative, you can pick your numbers online.

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4. How long do I have to claim a prize?

Each participating state has different rules for when prizes must be claimed. Take a look at the How to Claim page for all the different time periods.

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5. Is there a minimum age limit?

Yes. Each state has its own rules for how old you must be. See the Mega Millions Rules page which shows the different age regulations in the participating states.

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6. Do I have to pay tax on my winnings?

Yes. Winnings must be declared on your income tax form and any prize above $5,000 will be subject to an initial 25 percent federal withholding, with any other tax due, depending on your income for the year, at tax time. You may also have to pay state taxes, depending on where you live. The Rules page shows the different rates of tax in the participating states.

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7. What are the odds of winning a prize?

The chances of winning any prize are 1 in 23.9, while the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

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8. What is the minimum Mega Millions jackpot?

Jackpots start at $40 million.

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9. Is there a jackpot cap or rollover limit?

No. The jackpot keeps growing until it is won, and has previously climbed as high as $656 million. This record jackpot was shared between three ticket holders on March 30th 2012.

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10. When is the next Mega Millions drawing?

The next drawing will take place on

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11. How much is the next Mega Millions jackpot worth?

The next jackpot is worth

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