How does the Mega Jackpot work?

Mega Millions® tickets cost $2.00 per play. Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball) – or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.

How does mega jackpot lottery work?

Mega Jackpot has 200,000 numbers available in each draw. Once all available numbers are sold the winning numbers are randomly drawn. Mega Jackpot is $5.50 per number and has a guaranteed 1st prize of $200,000 in every draw.

What if you get the Mega Ball only?

What happens if you match the Mega Ball only? If you match only the Mega Ball (and don’t match any of the 5 regular numbers), you win a $2 prize and break even on the $2 cost of your Mega Millions ticket.

How Mega Millions is paid out?

Mega Millions and other lotteries generally allow a winner to decide how they want to take possession of the jackpot – either by choosing an annuity where the jackpot is paid out over a 30-year period or by taking it in one lump sum.

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How long does it take to get your winnings from Mega Millions?

If you’re wondering how long do you have to claim a lottery ticket when you win playing Mega Millions or Powerball, you’ll be glad to hear that most states give at least 180 days (excluding New Mexico where a winner has just 90 days) and many states give winners up to a year to collect their prizes.

Do you get anything on the lottery for 2 numbers?

2 numbers plus the Powerball – $7

If your ticket matches two numbers and the Powerball you’ll get $7 but the odds to get there begin to skyrocket to 1 in 701.

How much does the Mega Ball pay by itself?

Mega Millions offers nine different prize tiers, from $2 for matching the Mega Ball alone, to the jackpot, which is won when all five main numbers and the Mega Ball are matched. The jackpot starts at $20 million; if no one wins the jackpot in a drawing, it rolls over to the next one.

What does Mega Ball number mean?

A mega number, usually known as a powerball, mega ball or bonus ball, is a number drawn in a lottery game that comes from a second number field, rather than among the game’s “regular” numbers.

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