USA - MegaMillions Information

Official USA MegaMillions

US$ 174,000,000
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Mega Millions was initially called The Big Game Mega Millions as the successor of The Big Game. Its minimum advertised jackpot is USD 15,000,000 which is paid in 26 equal year installments. The jackpot also increases whenever there is no winner yet for the current jackpot.
Hosted In

USA
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, 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
Schedule
Guess Range (on all info pages)
Jackpot Type
Tax Requirements
Tuesday 23:00
Friday 23:00
5/75 + MegaBall 1/15
26 Annual installments
Cash Value: About 50%
About 34.00%
Prize Breakdown
Lottery Starts From: $ 15,000,000
Jackpot
1:258,890,850
5+1MB
$1,000,000
1:18,492,204
5
$5,000
1:739,688
4+1MB
$500
1:52,835
4
$50
1:10,720
3+1MB
$5
1:766
3
$5
1:473
2+1MB
$2
1:56
1+1MB
$1
1:21
0+1MB
*The overall odds of winning any prize in the game are approximately 1 in 14.7.

About the USA – MegaMillions

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 Game.”


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 game.


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.