Latest Mega Millions Winning Numbers Table
|18 Jan 2022||04 19 39 42 52 09||$347,000,000|
|14 Jan 2022||05 08 13 22 48 25||$325,000,000|
|11 Jan 2022||02 03 19 52 58 16||$300,000,000|
|07 Jan 2022||07 29 43 56 57 06||$278,000,000|
|04 Jan 2022||04 06 16 21 22 01||$244,000,000|
|31 Dec 2021||02 05 30 46 61 08||$221,000,000|
|28 Dec 2021||03 05 08 31 38 04||$201,000,000|
|24 Dec 2021||16 17 25 36 37 16||$187,000,000|
|21 Dec 2021||25 31 58 64 67 24||$171,000,000|
|17 Dec 2021||21 32 38 48 62 10||$160,000,000|
Although there are plenty of lotteries available in the United States, Mega Millions is probably one of the most popular ones, if not the most popular. What is it exactly, how do you play it, and what are the odds of winning? Check it out below!
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What Is Mega Millions?
Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery that you can play in 47 jurisdictions and 45 states, including California, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, and Massachusetts, as well as the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands.
How To Play Mega Millions
Mega Millions is a pretty straightforward lottery. You simply pick five numbers from a range of 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball). If you don’t feel like choosing the numbers on your own, you can also select the Quick Pick option and let the terminal pick random numbers for you.
In most states, you might also encounter something called Megaplier, which increases prizes (aside from the jackpot) by 2,3,4, or 5 times. Each play costs an additional $1. The Megaplier ball is drawn before each Mega Millions draw. There are fifteen balls in the Megaplier pool – five marked with 2x, six marked with 3x, three marked with 4x, and one marked with 5x.
You need to match all six numbers (5 from the white balls and 1 of the gold Mega Balls) to win a jackpot. However, that’s not the only prize available – there are nine prize levels (eight without the jackpot). The starting jackpot is based on sales and is announced before each draw.
Some states offer an exciting feature called Just the Jackpot, where players only play for the jackpot. The players pay $3, and in exchange, they receive two plays only for the Jackpot that are not eligible for any other prize. For information about whether your jurisdiction offers this option, you should visit the website of that particular lottery.
Mega Millions Drawing Schedule
Mega Millions has a regular drawing schedule – the lottery drawings are held twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday, 11 p.m. ET.
Mega Millions Payouts and Odds of Winning
Here is a short explanation of Mega Millions payouts and what are their odds of winning:
- 5 white balls + Mega Ball – jackpot; odds are 1 in 302,575,350
- 5 white balls – $1,000,000; odds are 1 in 12,607,306
- 4 white balls + Mega Ball – $10,000; odds are 1 in 931,001
- 4 white balls – $500; odds are 1 in 38,792
- 3 white balls + Mega Ball – $200; odds are 1 in 14,547
- 3 white balls – $10; odds are 1 in 606
- 2 white balls + Mega Ball – $10; odds are 1 in 693
- 1 white ball + Mega Ball – $4; odds are 1 in 89
- only Mega Ball – $2; odds are 1 in 37
Mega Millions FAQ
When Are the Mega Millions Drawn?
The Mega Millions draws are held two times a week – Tuesday and Friday, both at 11 p.m. ET.
Can I Buy the Mega Millions Ticket Online?
It depends on your location. According to the Mega Millions rules, if you are located in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the District of Columbia, then you can buy a ticket online by registering with the lotteries in the said states. Additionally, you can also purchase a Multi Millions subscription in the state of New York.
Important: If you want to buy a Mega Million ticket online, you need to be physically present within the borders of the states that offer an option to do so. Some of them might also require you to be a resident.
What To Do if I Win the Mega Millions – How To Claim the Prize?
If you happen to win a prize, you most likely want to claim it! Where you can do it depends on how much you won and where you bought your ticket.
If you bought your ticket traditionally, in a physical location, you can collect a prize lower than $600 at a district office, claim center, or an authorized retailer. Prizes higher than that can be claimed at a district office, claim center, or lottery headquarters. Please keep in mind that the winning tickets can only be claimed in the same state they were purchased in.
If you bought your winning ticket online, you will receive an email notifying you about it, and the prize will be transferred into your player account.
Now, for the jackpot. If you are one of the jackpot winners, you will be encouraged to contact the lottery headquarters in your state. You will also be asked to choose if you want to receive one cash payment or if you prefer an annuity (30 payments in 29 years).
How Many Numbers Do You Need To Win Mega Millions?
To win a jackpot, you need to match six numbers in one draw – five from white balls and the gold Mega Ball. However, matching the number, even just on the gold Mega Ball or the gold Mega Ball and one white ball, is enough to receive a prize.
Has Anyone Ever Won Mega Millions?
Yes, plenty of people have won Mega Millions in the past. In fact, as of July 2021, there were four jackpot winners this year alone, with the latest one taking place in Illinois in June.
What If No One Wins?
It’s actually pretty easy – if no one wins the main prize during one drawing, the jackpot prize pool from that draw is added to the next game’s jackpot.
What Are the Chances of the Top Prize?
The odds of winning the Mega Million jackpot are one in 302,575,350.
What Are the Overall Odds of Winning?
The overall odds of winning any prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 24.