Mega Millions® Frequently Asked Questions

Playing Mega Millions®

Q: What is Mega Millions®?

A: Mega Millions® is a multi-state jackpot game. All Mega Millions® participating lotteries contribute a percentage of sales to a jackpot prize pool. Jackpots start at $15 million and increase by $5 million after every draw until won.

Q: What is the Megaplier®?

A: Megaplier® is the option that can be added to any Mega Millions® play for an additional $1 that will multiply non-jackpot winnings by the multiplier selected in that draw either 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.

Q: When and where is Mega Millions® drawn?

A: Mega Millions® drawings are held at 10:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday and Friday in Atlanta, Georgia. Past draws are available to watch online.

Q: Can I enter non-winning Mega Millions® tickets in Play It Again™?

A: No. Only non-winning instant (scratch-off) tickets may be entered into Play It Again.™

Q: Are Mega Millions® tickets eligible for Points for Prizes™?

A: Yes. Visit to enter. Winning and non-winning numbers from terminal-generated games like Mega Millions® are eligible. Points for Prizes™ codes from terminal-generated games must be entered within 180 days of purchase date and/or the last draw date printed on the front of the ticket.

Q: Is it possible for the Megaball® number to be the same as one of the five white ball numbers?

A: Yes. The five white ball numbers and the one Megaball® number are drawn from separate sets of balls, so the Megaball® number could be the same as one of the white ball numbers.

Q: Which has better odds – picking my own numbers or requesting a quick pick?

A: Whether you pick your own numbers or have the terminal randomly select numbers for you, the odds of winning are the same.

Purchasing Tickets

Q: How much do Mega Millions® tickets cost?

A: Mega Millions® tickets cost $1 per play. The Megaplier® option costs an additional $1 per play.

Q: Can I purchase Mega Millions® tickets in advance?

A: To play multiple upcoming draws, request from 2 to 20 Multi Draws either on the playslip or through the retailer. Multi Draws will include the next upcoming draw and be consecutive from that draw. Draws cannot be skipped.

Q: How late can I purchase Mega Millions® tickets on a draw night?

A: Mega Millions® sales are suspended 15 minutes prior to the draw.

Q: Can a Mega Millions® ticket be voided or canceled?

A: No. Once a Mega Millions® ticket has been printed, it cannot be canceled.

Q: Can I buy Mega Millions® tickets online or by mail?

A: No. Mega Millions® tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery retailer.

Prizes and Claims

Q: Do Mega Millions® tickets expire?

A: Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date on which the prize was won.

Q: Do I have to match the numbers in the exact order drawn?

A: No. The order of the numbers drawn does not matter in Mega Millions®.

Q: Can I redeem a winning Mega Millions® ticket in any state?

A: Although the winning numbers are the same in all Mega Millions® states, a ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.

Q: I lost my ticket. Can I claim a prize with a playslip or store receipt?

A: Mega Millions® prizes can only be claimed with a ticket printed from the lottery terminal. Playslips or store receipts will not constitute proof of purchase. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments, meaning the person who presents the ticket for claim will be presumed to be the owner. Always sign the back of any lottery ticket immediately.

Mega Millions® Jackpot

Q: What happens if more than one person wins the jackpot?

A: If there is more than one jackpot-winning ticket, the prize will be split equally among the winners.

Q: Why does a jackpot winner receive a smaller amount than the advertised jackpot?

A: The advertised jackpot is the total amount won if a winner selects an annuity over 30 annual payments (29 years). The amount of cash on hand is actually less than that and the advertised jackpot is what the cash on hand would total if invested over the 29 years. If a player chooses a lump sum, the player does not receive the interest that the cash on hand would have earned over 29 years. Applicable withholding taxes will also be deducted.

Q: What happens if the jackpot is not claimed?

A: If the jackpot is not claimed within the time frame set by the jurisdiction in which it was won (180 days in Arkansas), the jackpot funds will be returned to the states based on each state’s proportion of the sales that contributed to that jackpot.

Q: What happens if an annuity prizewinner dies?

A: Annual prize payments can continue to be paid to the winner’s heirs, or the annuity may be cashed out by the estate.

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