Mega Millions Rules

Mega Millions has been enjoyed by millions of players across America since it began in 2002. It is an easy game to play, but it is important to understand the Mega Millions rules so you can make sure you enter draws on time, don’t miss out on any prizes, and play safely.

Rules for Buying Mega Millions Tickets

  • The minimum age for buying Mega Millions tickets depends on the state in which you play. In most cases this is 18, but in Nebraska you must be over the age of 19 and in Arizona, Iowa and Louisiana you must be at least 21. To play online, you must be aged 18 or over.
  • When you buy a ticket from a retailer, it is your responsibility to check that the ticket is valid for the draw date of your choice. You are then responsible for keeping the ticket safe, as it acts as proof of purchase in the event of any prize claims.
  • Different ticket sale cut-off times apply in each of the participating states. Contact your state lottery for details of ticket cut-off times.
  • Lottery tickets must be paid for in full prior to the draw taking place.
  • Lottery tickets are non-refundable.
  • You must have a valid winning ticket to claim Mega Millions prizes
  • Mega Millions costs $2 per line to play. The Megaplier costs an additional $1 per line.
  • You must specify which Mega Millions draw(s) you want to enter in advance. You may enter multiple draws in advance, as determined by individual state lottery rules.

Game Rules

  • You must select five main numbers from 1 to 70 plus one Mega Ball from 1 to 25. Your playslip will be invalidated if you attempt to select greater or fewer numbers.
  • If you wish to play the Megaplier, you must elect to do so at the point you purchase your ticket by marking the option on your playslip. You cannot opt-in to play the Megaplier at a later date.
  • During each Mega Millions draw five numbered balls between 1 and 70 will be randomly drawn. These numbers represent the five main winning Mega Millions numbers for that draw. One further ball numbered between 1 and 25 will be randomly drawn from a separate pool of balls. This represents the winning Mega Ball number for that draw.
  • As the Mega Ball is drawn from a separate pool, it may be the same as one of the five main numbers drawn.
  • The five main lottery numbers drawn can be presented as the ‘winning’ lottery numbers in any order, but they are not interchangeable with the Mega Ball number drawn from the second pool.
  • Before each Mega Millions draw, a Megaplier number will be drawn. A number between 2 and 5 is randomly selected, and any non-jackpot prizes won by players who opted in to the Megaplier are multiplied by this number. At their discretion, state lotteries may change one or more of these Megaplier numbers for special promotions.
  • The Megaplier applies to non-jackpot prizes only.
  • To win a prize, you must match your chosen lottery numbers with those drawn in the Mega Millions draw. The five main lottery numbers can be matched in any order, but the Mega Ball drawn must match the Mega Ball number stated on your ticket for any prizes to be valid.
  • Your chosen Mega Millions numbers are only valid to play in the draw(s) stated on your ticket. If you enter multiple draws in advance, the same ticket will be used for each draw you have entered. Lapsed tickets cannot be used to claim prizes.

Prize Rules

To claim a Mega Millions prize, you must present a valid winning ticket. If you lose your ticket, you will be unable to claim any prizes. The procedures for claiming Mega Millions prizes can vary by state. See our How to Claim page for more information.