How to Play Mega Millions

Mega Millions can be played by visiting authorised retailers in any of the 46 participating jurisdictions. Simply follow the steps below and be in with a chance of becoming a multi-millionaire:

  1. 1. Pick up a playslip from an authorised retailer in any of the participating states
  2. 2. On the playslip, pick five main numbers between 1 and 70
  3. 3. Pick one Mega Ball between 1 and 25
    Alternatively, select the Quick Pick or Easy Pick option to have your numbers randomly selected
  4. 4. Repeat these steps for each line of numbers you want to play. Each line costs $2
  5. 5. Select how many draws you wish to enter in advance (where available)
  6. 6. Choose whether to play the Megaplier for an additional $1 per line
  7. 7. Pay the retailer for your ticket(s) and remember to store them safely until after the draw

Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesday and Friday at 11pm ET. Visit our Numbers page afterwards to check if you’re a winner.

How to Win Prizes

Six numbered lottery balls – five main balls and a Mega Ball – are dispensed at random in every drawing. The five main numbers are drawn from a pool of 70 balls, and the Mega Ball is drawn from a separate pool of 25 numbers.

You win prizes by matching the numbers you selected with those drawn in the lottery. The more numbers that you match, the bigger the prize. The smallest prize is won by just matching the Mega Ball, while the jackpot is won by matching all five main numbers and the Mega Ball. There are nine different prize tiers in total, details of which can be found on our Prizes page.

Playing the Megaplier

The Megaplier costs an additional $1 per line. To play it, simply mark the option on your playslip. You don’t need to select any further numbers.

On the night of the draw, a Megaplier number between 2 and 5 will be randomly selected. If you opted to play the Megaplier, any non-jackpot prizes you win are multiplied by this number. The bonus is the same for all players.

See our Prizes page for more information about the kind of money that can be won when you play the Megaplier.

Playing Just the Jackpot

Just the Jackpot offers a cheaper way to play Mega Millions as it costs just $3 for two lines, rather than the usual $4, but the only prize that you can win is the jackpot. This means you'll need to match all five main numbers as well as the Mega Ball.

Ticket Cut-Off Times

Ticket sales close at different times on the day of the drawing in each of the participating states. Your state lottery will be able to tell you the cut-off time for buying Mega Millions tickets.

How to Claim Prizes

Prizes can only be claimed in the state in which the winning lottery ticket was bought. How you claim your winnings depends on the size of the prize and the state you are playing in. Winning tickets must be checked and validated by the lottery operator in the state where the ticket was bought, or by an agent of the operator, such as an authorized retailer, before prizes can be paid out.

For full details of how to claim Mega Millions prizes, see our Claims page.