US Mega Millions Lottery

The Mega Millions Lottery is a multi state lottery in the US. This lottery is similar to Powerball in that you pick 6 numbers and have an opportunity to increase your winnings by paying extra for a multiplier.

The minimum jackpot in the Mega Millions Lottery is $15 million. This is a rolling jackpot which means if no one wins the jackpot than it rolls over and grows by a minimum of $5 million dollars per draw, although it is typically more depending on sales. 

How to Play 

You use a Mega Millions ticket to pick 6 numbers. 5 numbers come from the top part of the card and one number the mega million number comes from the bottom row of the card. To win the jackpot you have to have all six of the numbers. 

The Megaplier 

You may multiply your prize! Mark the Megaplier option on the Mega Millions playslip. This will select the Megaplier for all plays on the playslip, and double the cost of the ticket. Before the Mega Millions numbers are drawn, a number between 2 and 5 will be drawn. This is the Megaplier number. If you win a Lottery prize on your Mega Millions ticket (other than the jackpot), you'll receive the Lottery prize amount multiplied by the Megaplier number. Check Lottery results to see how many numbers you match. (Lottery Commission information)

Choosing a megaplier play can increase you winnings substantially and comes in really handy to have when you did not win the jackpot but won one of the smaller prizes instead. 

How Do You Win 

There are nine ways to win with the Mega Millions. You can win by simply picking the mega million number which pays out a few dollars. You can win by having the mega million number and one or two or three of the top numbers. Of course the higher you get in picking the right numbers to match the drawn numbers the more money you win. 

The Prizes 

Mega Millions Jackpot prizes are paid out in a annuity over 30 years. There is no option for collecting the prize all at once.