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Your Guide to the Mega Millions Lottery Rules

One of the most popular American lotteries, Mega Millions has taken the world by storm quite a few times with its eye-popping jackpots. In this article, we are going to tell you all about the Mega Millions rules, as well as the impressive track record of this fantastic game.

Mega Millions Rules

What is the range of numbers for Mega Millions? This game works with two separate pools of numbers: a main one, where players need to choose 5 numbers from 1 to 70 and one for the additional number, drawn from 1 to 25. You need to match all 5 numbers and the Mega Ball in order to hit the jackpot, but Mega Millions offers a generous range of secondary prizes.

Can Canadians Play Mega Millions?

Sure. We offer you the safest way to play, while providing you with the means to optimize your game at the same time. Syndicates, systematic forms, multi-draws, and subscriptions are just some of the amazing benefits that come with playing Mega Millions on theLotter Canada.

Mega Millions Jackpot

The Mega Millions top prize starts at $40 million, which is the largest initial jackpot in the world, matched solely by Powerball. Moreover, it grows by at least $5 million with every single rollover. With no jackpot cap and no limit whatsoever, the top prize of this lottery can reach mouth-watering amounts very quickly.

What is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever? $656 million! Impressive, right? It is the third biggest jackpot ever delivered by any lottery. The Mega Millions lottery was the biggest game in the entire world after awarding this legendary jackpot.

But, in 2016 the Powerball lottery  broke this record with an unprecedented $1.6 billion. Ever since, the Mega Millions has gone out of its way to get the upper hand in this lottery feud. It has had some huge jackpots, and it even got close to setting the world record for the largest win on a single ticket, when a single lottery player scooped a whopping $536 million prize on July 8th, 2016.

Top Mega Millions Jackpots to Date

Just to get a clear image of the sheer size of the Mega Millions lottery, we have gathered the absolute biggest jackpots in the history of the game. Looking at the table below, it is all too clear how this amazing lottery has gotten this popular. And can you believe that it is getting even bigger?

Rank Date Amount # of winners

1

March 30, 2012

$656 million

3

2

December 17, 2013

$648 million

2

3

July 8, 2016

$536 million

1

4

March 30, 2018

$533 million

1

5

March 18, 2014

$414 million

2

6

August 11, 2017

$393 million

1

7

March 6, 2007

$390 million

2

8

January 4, 2011

$380 million

2

9

August 28, 2009

$336 million

2

10

August 31, 2007

$330 million

4

Mega Millions Jackpots by Year

If the table above was not enough for you to visualize the how big of a role the Mega Millions has played in the development of the lottery market, then the following one will tell you not only the largest wins it has had every single year, but also the number of jackpot winners it has had throughout the years. So, watch and be amazed by the stellar track record of the Mega Millions lottery:

Year Jackpots Won Biggest Jackpot

2017

6 so far

$393 million

2016

8

$536 million

2015

8

$265 million

2014

9

$414 million

2013

11

$648 million

2012

13

$656 million

2011

13

$380 million

2010

13

$266 million

2009

13

$336 million

2008

13

$275 million

2007

12

$390 million

2006

15

$270 million

2005

9

$315 million

2004

11

$294 million

2003

12

$183 million

2002

9

$165 million

Mega Millions Jackpots by Year

If the table above was not enough for you to visualize how big of a role the Mega Millions has played in the development of the lottery market, then the following one will consolidate the idea. You can see not only the largest wins it has had every single year, but also the number of jackpot winners it has had throughout the years. So, watch and be amazed by the stellar track record of the Mega Millions lottery:

Year Jackpots Won Biggest Jackpot

2018

3 so far

$533 million

2017

6

$393 million

2016

8

$536 million

2015

8

$265 million

2014

9

$414 million

2013

11

$648 million

2012

13

$656 million

2011

13

$380 million

2010

13

$266 million

2009

13

$336 million

2008

13

$275 million

2007

12

$390 million

2006

15

$270 million

2005

9

$315 million

2004

11

$294 million

2003

12

$183 million

2002

9

$165 million

Mega Millions Secondary Prizes

As appealing as the Mega Millions jackpot is, it is far from being the only reason why this American lottery is well worth playing. The 2nd category prize displays a fixed amount of $1 million. In order to scoop this prize, you have to match all the 5 main numbers of the draw.

How much do you win if you get 2 numbers in Mega Millions? Here is a common question regarding Mega Millions prizes. Just 2 numbers from the main range will not bring you any prize. In order to win something, you need to match 2 main numbers and the Mega Ball or 1 number and the Mega Ball. The only prizes you can win without the Mega Ball are those belonging to the 2nd, 4th and 6th category.

How much do you win if you have 1 number and the Mega Ball? This combination will earn you a $4 prize. You can also win a prize worth $2 by matching only the Mega Ball, but none of the main numbers.

Prize Category Match Prize Amount Winning Odds

Jackpot

5+PB

Varies

1:302,575,350

2nd Prize

5

$1 million

1:12,607,306

3rd Prize

4+PB

$10,000.00

1:931,001

4th Prize

4

$500.00

1:38,792

5th Prize

3+PB

$200.00

1:14,547

6th Prize

3

$10.00

1:606

7th Prize

2+PB

$10.00

1:693

8th Prize

1+PB

$4.00

1:89

9th Prize

0+PB

$2.00

1:37

Your Odds of Winning the Mega Millions Prizes

The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million and grows by a minimum of $5 million with every draw that the winning numbers are not matched. The players’ chances of scooping the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350, which is close to the odds of winning the Powerball.

The odds of scooping the second prize are at 1 in 12,607,306. This means that you can become a millionaire with Mega Millions even without matching all the numbers.

Mega Million Prize Tier Odds of Winning

Jackpot – Minimum $40 million

1 in 302,575,350

2nd Tier - $1 million

1 in 12,607,306

What is the Megaplier Option?

The Megaplier option is one of the best things about the game because it can provide a sizable increase to lower-tier prizes. It is also the most convenient of the American lottery multipliers. Moreover, this awesome feature is very easy to use!

 Mega Millions Megaplier

How does the Mega Millions Megaplier work? It’s easy. You add Megaplier on your ticket if you want to win larger prizes. Even 5 times larger! After the main numbers and the Megaball, the lottery officials draw the Megaplier, which can be 2, 3, 4, or 5. The Megaplier determines how many times the secondary prizes won on tickets with Megaplier will be increased. The Megaplier also increases the second prize worth $1 million.

What is the Megaplier 5x? It’s the maximum value for this multiplier. The Megaplier 5x will multiply any prize you won by 5. If you are lucky enough to match the 5 winning numbers, you will scoop $5 million. Note that this does not happen in the Powerball lottery, which only doubles the second prize regardless of the amount of the drawn multiplier.

What are the types of payouts in the Mega Millions?

The Mega Millions lottery offers two types of payouts for jackpot winners: lump sum and annuity. Anyone who matches the 5 winning numbers and the Mega Ball, can choose between getting the prize amount all at once or over a period of 25-30 years. There are pros and cons to both options.

If you are in the situation of making such a decision, you should know that the taxation laws are different for lump sum and annuity. For instance, if you scoop the $40 million Mega Millions jackpot, this is the amount you will get if you go for the 30 years’ annuity option. However, if you want to cash it as a lump sum, you will receive around $25 million.

Those who are lucky enough to match all the winning numbers and hit the Mega Millions jackpot have a year to claim their prize. Note that Mega Millions prizes can be redeemed only in the state where the winning tickets were purchased.

Can you remain anonymous if you win the Mega Millions?

Anonymity after winning the lottery is a hot topic in many countries. When talking about a multi-state American lottery like Mega Millions, the answer depends on the state the ticket was purchased in. There are six American states that allow lottery winners to keep their identity away from the public eye: Delaware, Kansas, North Dakota, Maryland, South Carolina, and Ohio. All the other states request winners to reveal a number of details regarding their identity.

Mega Millions History

Ever since it was released back in 1996 as The Big Game, this lottery has continued to expand further and further until it reached the very top of the lottery market. From the 6 participating states and one weekly draw of The Big Game, the Mega Millions got to 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The name Mega Millions was adopted in May 2002. At the same time, the original Big Money Ball became the Mega Ball. The following year marked the addition of the Megaplier, and Texas joined the Mega Millions family. In 2010, an agreement with Powerball was reached and Mega Millions tickets were offered in the former Powerball states as well.

2017 brought along the start of a new era for the Mega Millions, as from this year on, we can expect even bigger prizes from this fantastic lottery. The question on everybody’s mind is “Will the Mega Millions jackpot reach the billion-dollar threshold?”. Well, in the new version of the game, the Mega Millions has every single chance to, so be prepared for greatness.

 Powerball vs. Mega Millions

Powerball vs. Mega Millions

The central reason why the Powerball lottery has always had an advantage on the Mega Millions was the fact that their minimum jackpot was $40 million, while the staring prize in the Mega Millions was of $15 million. But, this is no longer the case as of October 28th, 2017. As per the new rules of the Mega Millions, the first prize starts out at a whopping $40 million.

This means that after years and years, the Powerball and the Mega Millions finally start out their jackpot battle with the same chances. This rule change was meant to make a sizable difference for the Mega Millions and add more milestones to its jackpot track record. This clash of the lottery titans is bound to keep bringing better play options, more winners, and, most importantly, bigger jackpots.

theLotter’s Biggest Mega Millions Winners

Along the years, many of our players have managed to scoop Mega Millions prizes, but three of them were especially lucky to win the huge second tier prize. Since then, other theLotter Canada players have scooped prizes on our platform, and you can read all about them in our Lottery Winners Hall of Fame section.

Year of Win Country of theLotter Winner Amount of Mega Millions Prize

2017

Ukraine

$1 million

2009

US (New York)

$250,000

2011

Switzerland

$250,000

2012

Spain

$250,000
(+ 4th & 5th Prize)

Do Canadians Have to Pay Taxes on Mega Millions Prizes?

At the moment, theLotter Canada purchases Mega Millions tickets in New Jersey, New York, and Oregon. New locations might be added in the future. Please note that when purchasing the ticket, you cannot choose the location where it will be bought. When you play Mega Millions from Canada on theLotter, any prize you win will be taxed in accordance with the local tax laws of the American state they were purchased in.

According to the New Jersey Lottery officials, a federal tax of 30% will be withheld from all lottery prizes larger than $599.50. This law applies to all non-resident lottery winners. As for prizes above $4999.50, a tax of 44.7% will be applied to these, as per the New York Lottery. The state of Oregon features a 38% tax for all lottery prizes larger than $5,000.

After the taxes to the US have been paid, Mega Millions prizes are taxed further according to the local tax laws of the winner’s country. But Canadian players should be happy to know that they have no further taxes to pay. The Canada Revenue Agency does not feature special taxes for lottery winnings of any amount. Please note that there is no prize cap for tax-free lottery winning in Canada.

So, have you put in your Mega Millions ticket yet? Are you ready for the race for the jackpot starting at $40 million? Experience the new Mega Millions on a secure platform that can give your game a sizable boost and bring you closer to becoming a Mega Millions winner. All it takes to change your life is matching thee five main numbers and the Mega Ball! Good luck!

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