Mega Millions was originally called ‘The Big Game’ when it launched in 1996, and was briefly known as ‘The Big Game Mega Millions’ from 2002, before becoming simply ‘Mega Millions’ as we know it today. A truly nationwide lottery, it is offered in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. Today, the Mega Millions lotto is administered by a consortium made up of the twelve original lotteries, and the draws are overseen by the Georgia Lottery.
So far, the biggest jackpot ever won in Mega Millions was a crazy $1.537 billion, yes billion, going to one single ticket holder in South Carolina in March 2019! Now, that really is ‘mega!’
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|Guess Range 5/70 + 1/25|
Latest Result (May 29, 2020):
Latest Result (May 29, 2020)
Playing Mega Millions is very easy. Just pick 5 numbers from 1 to 75, along with an extra Mega Ball number from the same range. If you match all the numbers correctly, you’ll win the huge jackpot. However, with nine prize tiers in total, even if you don’t win the mega jackpot, you’ve got a good chance of winning something.
As with the Powerball lotto, jackpot winners get the choice of being paid in 30 annual instalments, increasing 5% each year to account for inflation, or in a cash lump sum. The advertised jackpot is based on the jackpot being paid over 30 years. This makes sense because US lottery winnings are subject to tax – with the smaller annual payments leading to significant tax savings for the winner.
As mentioned above, US lottery winnings are subject to tax withholding. Please be aware that, if you are resident outside the US, you will also be subject to tax laws in your country of residence.
|Prize||Chance to win|
X: 5 + 1
|Prize : Jackpot||Chance to win : 1 in 302,575,350|
X: 5 + 0
|Prize : $1,000,000||Chance to win : 1 in 12,607,306|
X: 4 + 1
|Prize : $10,000||Chance to win : 1 in 931,001|
X: 4 + 0
|Prize : $500||Chance to win : 1 in 38,792|
X: 3 + 1
|Prize : $200||Chance to win : 1 in 14,547|
X: 3 + 0
|Prize : $10||Chance to win : 1 in 606|
X: 2 + 1
|Prize : $10||Chance to win : 1 in 693|
X: 1 + 1
|Prize : $4||Chance to win : 1 in 89|
X: 0 + 1
|Prize : $2||Chance to win : 1 in 37|
|Overall chances of winning any prize:||1 in 24.12|