MegaMillions

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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:

Match Win Odds
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.

8 thoughts on “MegaMillions

  1. Hello

    The odds posted for winning Mega Millions lottery using the new numeric range and published in this article are mistaken.

    For mathematical reference, 2^3 = 8 and 2^4 = 16.

    The correct odds (mathematical combination) of winning Mega Millions with a numeric range of 1-75 (base 75), for the positions 1-5, plus an additional numeric range of 1-15 for the mega position is (75^5)*15 = 35,595,703,125.

    The old value (base 56), being (56^5)*46 = 25,333,661,696

    The odds of winning the Mega Millions grand prize increasing by ~40 percent.

    The new numeric range (combinations) affecting greatly the odds of matching the first 5 positions. This new value increasing from (56^5) = 550,731,776 to (56^5) = 2,373,046,875:1, or a ~430 percent increase in difficulty.

    • typo correction, line 11 should read:

      … to (75^5) = 2,373,046,875:1, or a ~430 percent …

      not

      … (56^5) = 2,373,046,875:1,…

      • Hello

        Much like I shared with the readers in my posting would like to see the simple mathematical equations used to determine the Mega Million combinations (odds) that are posted in the above chart, to which I maintain my assertion, are incorrect.

        Stark Inconsistency 1) if the first number position has a numeric range of 1-75, with all numbers being eligible for selection, fundamentally not possible to have 1:56 odds.

        Stark Inconsistency 2) if the numeric range for the Mega number position is 1-15, with all numbers being eligible for selection, fundamentally not possible to have 1:21 odds.

        In closing, please take 30 seconds, instead of simple trusting the Mega Millions website, and perform the simple math yourself, after which will realizes as I did, that the posted values in the chart are incorrect, not able to be replicated.

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