U.S. - Mega Millions Lottery Information

Guess Range 5/70 + PB 1/25
Multiplier Prizes Multiply any non-jackpot prize amount won by 2, 3, 4 or 5, depending on the Megaplier number drawn.
Hosted in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, U.S., Puerto Rico, USA
(Local draw time)
Jackpot Type CASH
Tax Requirement Lottery prizes are subject to taxation at source. There are three tax bands. Tax Band 1: Tax-free up to $599.99. Tax Band 2: Any prize between $600 and $4,999.99 is subject to a tax rate of 30% for non-residents. Tax Band 3: Any prize above $5,000 is subject to a tax rate of 38.82% for non-residents. Check the tax laws in your country of residence for any further local taxation you may be subject to.

Chances to win U.S. - Mega Millions

Divisions Match Winning Odds
1 Prize 5+PB 1:302,575,350
2 Prize 5 1:12,607,306
3 Prize 4+PB 1:931,001
4 Prize 4 1:38,792
5 Prize 3+PB 1:14,547
6 Prize 3 1:606
7 Prize 2+PB 1:693
8 Prize 1+PB 1:89
9 Prize 0+PB 1:37

U.S. - Mega Millions Information

Mega Millions, one of the world's most popular lotteries, has a 5/70 + PB 1/25 game matrix and a guaranteed starting jackpot of $40 million. With a second division prize guaranteed at $1 million, a total of 9 prize divisions, and a Megaplier option that can multiply secondary prizes, players have an incredible chance of winning huge lottery prizes.

Mega Millions History

Mega Millions was originally called ‘The Big Game’ when it staged its first draw on 6 September 1996. The Big Game started with six participating states and a weekly draw on Fridays. A Tuesday draw was added in February 1998.

In May 2002, ‘The Big Game’ was rebranded as ‘Mega Millions’ and its original 'Big Money Ball' became the 'Mega Ball.' When Texas joined the Mega Millions consortium in 2003, it offered an additional option called the Megaplier. By January 2011, the Megaplier had become part of the lottery's offering in all participating states, with the exception of California.

In 2010, as part of a cross-sell expansion agreement with Powerball, additional jurisdictions began participating in Mega Millions. Today, the US Mega Millions lottery is offered in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In October 2013, the Mega Millions lottery changed the number guess range for both the regular and Mega Ball numbers. The lottery increased the opening jackpot from $12 million to $15 million and added a 5x multiplier feature and a 2nd place prize worth $1 million.

At the end of October 2017, the Mega Millions lottery introduced changes to its number guess range, its opening jackpot, the size of its secondary prizes, and the overall odds of winning prizes. These changes were intended to boost the popularity of the Mega Millions lottery and result in higher jackpots than ever before.

Mega Millions Rules

To play this US lottery, participants select five regular balls from a guess range of 1-70, as well as an additional Mega Ball from a separate number matrix with a guess range of 1-25. Mega Millions offers a multiplier option called the 'Megaplier' which can multiply secondary prizes by 2-5 times depending on the Megaplier drawn alongside the main draw. Learn more about this exciting lottery with our Mega Millions Guide.

Players at theLotter will receive an automated email (or SMS) to notify them of their winnings. Prizes are paid into players' theLotter accounts after the prize money has been received from the official lottery operator. Jackpot and second division prize winners may need to collect their prizes in person. Players eager to win Mega Millions lottery prizes should purchase their Mega Millions lottery tickets online in time for the next draw.

Players who regularly play Mega Millions will also enjoy its sister American lottery. Play the US Powerball lottery for more exciting lottery action.

Record Mega Millions Lottery Draws


Mega Millions set a world record when it awarded a $656 million jackpot in its draw on 30 March 2012. That amazing prize was shared between three winners – from Kansas, Illinois, and Maryland. Mega Millions nearly broke its own record when it awarded a $648 million jackpot to two lucky winners – from California and Georgia – in a draw on 17 December 2013. Mega Millions held its world record for nearly four years until Powerball surpassed it with a $1.586 billion jackpot on 13 January 2016. Mega Millions nearly surpassed the Powerball record when it awarded a $1.537 billion jackpot on 23 October 2018. That amazing draw did set one world record. This was the largest lottery prize ever won by a single ticket.