Mega Millions Rules
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The Mega Millions rules make the game easy for anybody to play. The rules are also made to provide reasonable odds of winning cash prizes. The MegaMillions is a standard lottery in which players pick numbers and match them with the numbers of the draw to win prizes. Players choose 5 different numbers from 1-56, then a single Mega Number from 1-46. These 6 numbers make up a Megamillions ticket.
Draws are held for the game twice each week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 22:59 -Eastern Standard Time. During the draw 5 numbers are drawn from a machine randomizing a set of balls numbered 1-56. The Mega Number is drawn from a seperate machine which randomizes a set of balls numbered 1-46. You can view the Mega Millions results online within minutes of the live draw by checking our Mega Millions results page.
Cash prizes are won for matching your numbers with the results. Matching the Mega Number alone can also win you a cash prize. The Mega Millions jackpot is won by matching all 6 numbers, although their are 9 prize categories in total. A list of the cash prizes available can be found on our prize structure page. In any draw where there is not a jackpot winner then the prize “rolls over” creating a bigger jackpot for the next draw. The Mega Millions rules allow for the jackpot to rollover an unlimited amount of times.
The odds to win in each of the 9 prize categories vary, more precise information can be found on our odds page. If you want to know more about the value of these various prizes then see our Megamillions prize structure page.
The minimum age to play the game varies between 18 and 21 depending on which state in America you purchase your ticket. When purchasing your ticket online you must be at least 18 years or older.
American jackpot winners can choose to claim the annuity values of Mega Millions jackpot prizes. Meaning they can receive the advertised prize value over 26 annual installments. If you win a jackpot when playing online from outside of America you must choose to receive your prize as a single cash payment.
With a good understanding of the rules you may want to read more about how to play MegaMillions online.