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How to Play Mega Millions

The Mega Millions Lotto is one of the biggest lotteries in the US if not the world. If you’re ready to play the game, we’ll guide you through the process of picking your numbers, buying your tickets and collecting your prize money step-by-step with this convenient resource.

Step 1: Solo or Multiplayer

You may think that you’re alone when buying lottery tickets at a retail location or online, but there is also the syndicate option when playing the Mega Millions Lottery. This method of play allows a group of individuals or organization to pool money and tickets together and in the event of a winning draw, those participating people then split the winning sum. We’ll revisit the syndicate option when we discuss purchasing your tickets.

It’s your decision to make, play the Mega Millions lotto game on your own terms or join a group of players with whom to pool your resources. Once you’ve made your decision, it’s time to talk about numbers.

Step 2: Picking Your Numbers

The US Mega Millions is a 6-ball lottery chosen from a drum of numbers ranging from 1-75. Five regular numbers are chosen by the player with the addition of one golden ball, the numbers in this field are 1-15.

Select your own numbers if you are keen to fill out your own ticket selection or make use of a quick-pick feature automatically generates the ticket’s numbers using random number generation (RNG) software. The order of the numbers chosen is irrelevant, only that they produce matches with those numbers picked at the time of drawing.

When you have chosen your numbers, the next step is to secure your ticket(s).

Step 3: Purchasing Tickets

Mega Millions players can purchase one or multiple tickets, up until the draw deadline or months in advance. Each ticket costs $1.00 to play with an additional service fee applied if purchased online.  The Megaplier feature can be added to ticket purchases for $1.00 in each instance. Megaplier tickets are able to multiply winning sums by up to five times the original prize amount and count for all prizes except for the jackpot.

Players may buy tickets by the line in several increments as an individual player or as part of a syndicate. Syndicate tickets cover all combinations of a certain selection of numbers.

Tickets may be purchased up to 15 minutes before the upcoming draw. Local retailers or online ticket services may offer other cut-off times.

Step 4: The Draw

The Mega Millions Lottery draw takes place twice a week, with numbers being drawn every Tuesday and Friday evening at 11:00pm EST. The initial five numbers to be drawn will be pulled from a field of 1-75, The Mega Ball pick coming from a field of 1-15.

The draw is broadcast on television stations across the US as well as receives coverage online via Mega Millions website, YouTube and retailers.

Step 5: What to do When You’ve Won

With nine ways to win, the odds of winning the most minimum of prizes are 1:21. Win a prize by matching numbers from your ticket with those drawn by the lotto on Tuesdays and Fridays. All prize values are fixed except for the Jackpot amount.

Cash awards can be claimed in-person so long as they are not in excess of the retailer’s limit, as most retailers do not carry the amount of cash to settle wins of more substantial amounts. Larger prizes will need to be claimed at the state’s lottery headquarters or via mail. The grace period of claiming one’s winnings with the Mega Millions lotto is several months. However, if not claimed within the given time frame, the winnings will be forfeited and divvied among state funds or re-entered into the lottery. Check with the official lottery website for the Mega Millions prize claim conditions.

The Megaplier prize multiplier and odds can be seen below:

If you successfully win a jackpot prize with your numbers you’ll be afforded two options when it comes to claiming your money. You’ll have the opportunity to receive structured payments over the course of 30 years or a lump sum subject to state and federal tax laws at the time of receipt.

The Mega Millions Lottery

The Mega Millions Lottery is one of the largest numbers games in the world in the US and has a minimum seed of $15 million and record setting jackpot amount of $640 million.  The lottery game combines ticket sales from a majority of states in the US, resulting in some of the largest lottery jackpots in the history of numbers games.

Buy tickets online before the next draw for an opportunity to be the next Mega Millionaire.


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