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The Ultimate Guide to the New Mega Millions

The new Mega Millions is going to take the lottery world by storm because it brings bigger prizes and a far bigger jackpot. As of October 28th, the brand-new format of the Mega Millions took into effect. In this article, we are going to tell you all about the Mega Millions rule changes as well as the impressive track record of this fantastic game.

What Brought on the New Mega Millions?

If you’re a lottery fan, then you must know all about the Powerball vs. Mega Millions battle. This clash of the lottery titans has brought better play options, more winners, and most importantly, bigger jackpots. The Mega Millions lottery was the biggest game in the entire world after its legendary $656 MILLION jackpot from 2012, which became the single largest lottery prize to ever be awarded on a single ticket.

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.

But the Powerball managed to up that record as well, when Mavis Wanczyk won a staggering $758 MILLION on August 23rd, 2017. Given all of these bold moves from the Powerball, the Mega Millions has been planning its grand offensive for quite a while now, and on October 28th, the Brand-New Mega Millions is finally going to be unleashed onto the lottery World.

The New Mega Millions in a Nutshell

Starting October 28th, the Mega Millions lottery got bigger, better, faster, stronger. It enforced a new set of rules that make this game all that more exciting. The Mega Millions officials changed everything from gameplay ranges and ticket price and all the way to prize ranges and jackpot amounts. While the game’s spirit remains intact, the new Mega Millions will simply blow everybody’s minds with the huge jackpots expected in the near future.

How to Play the New Mega Millions

While the big upgrade changed everything about the game, rest assured that the gameplay format is the same. This means that you will still have to choose five main numbers and a Megaball, but the number range is different.

Starting with the Mega Millions draw on October 31st, 2017, you have to choose your five main numbers from 1 to 70, and your Megaball from 1 to 25. While this means that you essentially have to do the exact same thing, this change in number range brought about a sizable increase in winning odds.

The New Mega Millions Jackpot

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. Since both lotteries have a minimum jackpot of $40 MILLION, then you should expect to see some enormous lottery prizes as of this autumn. This rule change in the Mega Millions will make a sizable difference to its jackpot track record and it will make the world’s biggest lottery feud explode.

The New Mega Millions Secondary Prizes

The only Mega Millions prize that will remain at its current amount is the $1 MILLION second-tier prize. As for the rest of the secondary prizes in the Mega Millions, these will be upped to a brand-new range. In the table below, you can see the full set of prize increases, which should convince you that the jackpot is not the only reason why you are well worth playing Mega Millions.

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

Starting with the draw on October 31st, 2017, the Mega Millions starting jackpot is larger. However, it is also more difficult to win than it used to be, since the new set of rules has come with a change in the odds. This has upped the players’ chances of scooping the jackpot to 1 in 302,575,350, which is close to the odds of winning the Powerball.

But the change in number range also has also made the fabulous $1 MILLION second-tier prize easier to win. The odds of scooping the second prize used to be 1 in 18,492,204, but now they are at 1 in 12,607,306. This means that there is potential for even more second prize winners in the Mega Millions.

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

The Megaplier Option – How to Boost Mega Millions Prizes

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. Naturally, this option is available in the new version of the Mega Millions, which means that the bigger prizes in the new game can get even bigger still. And it is so easy to use this feature! When you Megaply, you have the chance to get larger prizes in the Mega Millions.

 Mega Millions Megaplier

After the main numbers and the Megaball, the lottery officials draw the Megaplier, which can be 2, 3, 4, or 5. The amount of the Megaplier determines how many times the secondary prizes will be increased. The best thing about the Mega Millions lottery is that the multiplier also increases the $1 MILLION secondary prize the same amount of times. This does not happen in the Powerball lottery, which only doubles the second prize regardless of the amount of the drawn multiplier.

The Amazing Track Record of the Mega Millions Lottery

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. Below, you can see a brief insight into the history of the game, as we have included the key moments in its history.

2017 brings 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.

Top Mega Millions Jackpots to Date

Just so that you can have 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 18, 2014

$414 million

2

5

August 11, 2017

$393 million

1

6

March 6, 2007

$390 million

2

7

January 4, 2011

$380 million

2

8

August 28, 2009

$336 million

2

9

August 31, 2007

$330 million

4

10

November 4, 2014

$326 million

1

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

Play Mega Millions from Canada on theLotter

So, are you ready to play the new Mega Millions? We have it available right here on theLotter Canada, so that you can play the amazing new game from Canada. We offer you the safest way to play US Mega Millions from outside of the US. Not only do we make it easy for you to play, but we can also provide you with the means to optimize your game. Let us tell you all about the amazing benefits that come with playing Mega Millions on theLotter Canada.

How theLotter Canada Can Enhance Your Mega Millions Game

theLotter Canada is not only the safest platform you can play on, but also the tool that could help you optimize the way you play to maximize your chances of winning. Take a look at how much you can do our platform and just how much bigger the game can get for you:

1. Subscribe to the Mega Millions – Make sure you never ever miss another Mega Millions draw by subscribing on theLotter Canada. It is a small step that can take you a very long way.

2. Playing Systematic Forms – If you want to get better chances of scooping a prize, as well as the opportunity to win more in the Mega Millions, then play with a systematic form on theLotter Canada. By playing with every single possible combination of 6 to 11 numbers, you get your very own multiplier in the game.

 Mega Millions tickets

3. Playing in a Mega Millions Syndicate – On theLotter Canada, you can become part of a Mega Millions syndicate by simply purchasing your share. This way, you have more tickets in the game and more chances to win the huge prizes.

4. Playing with Mega Millions Bundles – If you want to get the ultimate lottery thrill, then play the Mega Millions Bundle Pack. This way, you will have single entry tickets in the game, as well as a share in a Mega Millions syndicate.

theLotter Canada’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

2009

US (New York)

$250,000

2011

Switzerland

$250,000

2012

Spain

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

Mega Millions Prize Taxes for Canadian Players

At the moment, theLotter Canada purchases Mega Millions tickets in New Jersey, New York, US and in Oregon, US. 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 Megaball! Good luck!