Megamillions lottery is held in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California,
Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North
Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South
Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West
Virginia, Wisconsin, U.S., USA. Draws are held in WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. It
is supervised by the Georgia Lottery and they are scheduled twice a week, on Tuesdays
at 23:00, and on Fridays at 23:00 USA Eastern time.
History of Mega Millions
It was in August 31, 1996 when tickets were first sold in the states of Georgia,
Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maryland. Mega Million was created by lottery
directors Rebecca Paul of Georgia Lottery and Penelope Kyle of Virginia Lottery.
Since 1999, winners were already given the choice to receive their prize in cash.
It was in 2002 when the name “Mega Millions” was used as replacement for “The Big
How to play Mega Millions?
The player needs to select 5 numbers from a pool of 56 numbers, and 1 number from
a pool of 46 numbers, or select Easy Pick to play Mega Millions. Matching all six
winning numbers in a drawing is the way you win the jackpot.
How to Play Mega Millions with Icelotto?
Click PLAY on Mega Millions NEXT DRAW is all you need to do, then you simply need
to choose your lucky numbers and to complete your order by entering your payment
option. Choosing your lucky numbers can be done in 2 different ways: Quick Pick
where the system randomly selects or you can manually select numbers. You have the
option to choose to make a monthly subscription on the payment page.
Jackpot Prizes History
On March 30, 2012 drawing, the largest jackpot in American lottery history happened
with the Mega Millions largest jackpot winning of USD 656 million annuitized (with
a cash option of USD 474 million) was awarded. There were three jackpot-winning
tickets. All three tickets had been claimed as of April 18, with each set of winners
choosing the cash option. Mega Millions second-largest jackpot winning was USD 390
million, occurred on March 6, 2007 drawing. Two tickets, one each from Georgia and
New Jersey, split the then-record prize; both sets of winners chose the cash option,
splitting USD 233 million. Due to interest rates change, it resulted in different
ratios between the cash values and annuity values of jackpots. Mega Millions’ third
largest jackpot winning was USD 380 million, and second largest cash jackpot which
amounted to USD 240 million, occurred on January 4, 2011 drawing; two tickets, one
each from Post Falls, Idaho, and Ephrata, Washington, matched all six winning numbers.
The holders of each ticket also chose the cash option splitting USD 240 million.
For the jackpot type, the Jackpot was paid in 26 annual installments (tax rate of
34.00%) or in lump sum with a tax rate of approximately 50%.
The final 5/56 + 1/46 Mega Millions drawing was held on October 18, 2013 but its
jackpot of $37 Million was not won. On October 22, 2013, the drawing had a different
format wherein there has been a change in the annuity structure. The minimum jackpot
is now $15 Million with rollovers of at least $5 Million. Second prize (5+0) is
now $1 Million cash. Players now choose 5 of 75 white ball numbers, and 1 "Gold
Ball" number out of 15.
Schedule of Draws
On the night of each drawing, there are six prerecorded draws: four "test" drawings,
then the actual drawing, followed by a "post test" draw. The draws are scheduled
twice a week, on Wednesdays at 23:00, and on Saturdays at 23:00.The results of drawings
are not official until they are audited by the accounting firm Harvey, Covington
& Thomas, LLC.
Mega Millions most frequently drawn numbers
The Mega Millions most frequently drawn numbers are currently: 45, 36, 38, 3, 21,
27, 29, 31, 44, 48, 49, and 56. The Mega Millions least frequently drawn numbers
are currently: 9, 10, 14, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 34, and 53.
Aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center
In the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001,
the legislature in Albany, fearing a monumental loss of revenue, passed legislation
the following month, which was signed by Gov. George Pataki, that included joining
a multi-jurisdictional lottery game. Around the same time, for entirely different
reasons, Ohio's governor also gave the green light to joining a multi-jurisdictional
In 2005, Mega Millions was the target of a mailing scam. A letter bearing the Mega
Millions logo was used in a string of lottery scams designed to trick people into
providing personal financial information by cashing bogus checks. The letter, which
had been sent to people in several states via standard mail, included a check for
what the scammers said was an unclaimed Mega Millions prize. If the check was cashed,
it bounced, but not before the bank stamped it with a routing number and personal
account information and sent it back to the fraudulent organization, providing them
with the recipients' financial information.
A budget impasse due to the 2006 New Jersey Government shutdown led to the temporary
closing of its less-important agencies on July 1, 2006. Among the casualties were
the Atlantic City casinos and the New Jersey Lottery. Not only were New Jersey's
in-house games (such as Pick-6) not drawn for about a week, but all New Jersey lottery
terminals were shut down, meaning Mega Millions could not be played in New Jersey,
even though Mega Millions was drawn as usual. A similar shutdown happened in Minnesota
on July 1, 2011.
Megamilions Winning Probabilty
The overall probability to win any prize in the Megamillions draw is 1 in 14.7.
Megamillions has an equal payout after it reachs USD 363 million which takes into
account the smaller prizes and the taxes associated with the payouts. This calculation
assumes that one does not buy the 'megaplier' as this additional USD 1 only returns
extra USD 38 cents of profit on average. This is based on the assumption that the
jackpot is never split, which they often are. If one wants to win the jackpot, he
has to buy 258.9 million tickets in order to ensure that one wins. This gives him
the assurance of profit because the jackpot should still be higher than the amount
he has to pay.