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. What time do ticket sales close?

The cut-off time for ticket sales varies from state to state, but is usually an hour before the draw takes place. Please check the time with your state lottery.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. How do I claim a prize?

The claims process depends on how much you have won, but for any prize of up to $599 you should be able to collect your money from an authorized retailer. You will need to visit a regional claims center for prizes above $600, and contact your state lottery if you have won the jackpot. You need to claim your prize in the state where you bought your ticket. Go to the How to Claim page for more information.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. What is the Megaplier?

TThe Megaplier is an optional feature which gives you the chance to increase non-jackpot winnings by up to five times their original value. A random multiplier - 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x - is drawn and your prize will be boosted by this amount if you have added the Megaplier to your ticket. It costs an extra $1 per line to play.

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11. What is the minimum Mega Millions jackpot?

Jackpots start at $40 million.

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12. Is there a jackpot cap or rollover limit?

No. The jackpot keeps growing until it is won, and has previously climbed as high as $1.53 billion. This record jackpot was claimed by a single ticket holder on October 23rd 2018.

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13. When is the next Mega Millions drawing?

The next drawing will take place on

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14. What is Just the Jackpot?

Just the Jackpot is available in many of the participating states and allows you to enter two lines for a total of just $3. However, if you select Just the Jackpot on your ticket you are only eligible to win the top prize. You cannot win any other award, even if you match a few of the numbers.

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

The next jackpot is worth

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16. What is the difference between the cash and the annuity if you win the jackpot?

If you win the jackpot, you can choose to accept the advertised jackpot as an annuity – consisting of 30 annual payments – or a reduced lump sum. The annuity value is larger because it represents how much money you will receive over time if the lottery invests the prize for you, taking into account the interest it is expected to accrue.

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