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Rules of the Mega Millions Lottery
Prices for MegaMillions is £2.00 per ticket when you buy online. This is the roughly same amount as most European lottos like EuroMillions or EuroJackpot
Please Note: Mega Millions had a major rules change on October 22nd, 2013. Many of the former prizes and odds of winning have changed!
Mega Millions Rule changes, from 22/10/2013:
- You now pick 5 normal numbers from 1-75 (not 1-56) meaning your chances of winning the jackpot have decreased.
- You now pick 2 Mega Numbers from 1-15 (not 1-46) meaning you chances of winning small and mid-ranged prizes has increased.
- The 2nd tier prize has increased from $250,000 to $1,000,000.
- There is now a 5x (along with 2x,3x and 4x) Megaplier which will multiply any prize tier prize other than a jackpot.
How do you play Mega Millions lottery?
Mega Millions is played using 2 sets of drums; one drum contains numbers ranging from 1 to 75 and the other drum has numbers ranging from 1 to 15. Your ticket will consist of 6 numbers in total; you select your 5 ‘normal’ numbers from 1-75, and then choose your one ‘special’ Mega Number from 1-15 called the ‘Mega Ball’.
The average Mega Millions jackpot is just under$50,000,000 but the top prize has reached hundreds of millions of dollars on many occasions. Under the new rules jackpots will grow much higher and many experts are forecasting record breaking payouts in the coming years.
Mega Millions New Odds from 22/10/2013:
|5 numbers and the Mega Ball||Win or share the jackpot||1 in 258,890,850|
|5 numbers but not the Mega Ball||$1,000,000||1 in 18,492,204|
|4 numbers and the Mega Ball||$5,000||1 in 739,688|
|4 numbers but not the Mega Ball||$500||1 in 52,835|
|3 numbers and the Mega Ball||$50||1 in 10,720|
|3 numbers but not the Mega Ball||$5||1 in 766|
|2 numbers and the Mega Ball||$5||1 in 473|
|1 number and the Mega Ball||$2||1 in 56|
|Only the Mega Ball||$1||1 in 15|
Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 14.7.