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History of the Mega Millions


This American Lottery was called The Big Game when it launched in 1996. Tickets went on sale in only a handful of US States, including Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. In the early days of The Big Game, draws were only held once a week on Fridays.

The Big Game went on to include many more States and an extra draw day, Tuesday. On 17 May 2002, the lottery was renamed to Mega Millions.

How Mega Millions works


Players must choose from two different ball sets:

  • 5 numbers from 1 to 70 and 1 number (the Mega ball) from 1 to 25.

  • The Mega ball is drawn from a separate ball set, meaning it is possible that it can be a duplicate of one of the drawn white balls.

To win the jackpot players need to match all 6 drawn lottery numbers. Additional tiers enable players to qualify for cash prizes as well.

Mega Millions rollovers and jackpots


The starting jackpot for Mega Millions is $40 million and grows by a minimum of $5 millions per draw each time the jackpot rolls.

Mega Millions holds the record for the second biggest lottery jackpot in the world, a massive $1.537 billion, set in October 2018 and won by a single winner!

It always seems as if Mega Millions is granting winners the biggest jackpots! Some other bumper examples include:

  • $656 million won on March 30, 2012, shared by 3 lucky ticket holders.

  • $648 million won on December 17, 2013 after 22 weeks of rollovers! It was shared between two lucky ticket holders.

As with the USA Powerball, Mega Millions offers both a cash or an annuity prize option. The annuity provides annual payments over a 30-year period. Payment of winnings for both USA lotteries is subject to both federal and applicable state tax deductions.

Play the Mega Millions lotto online

How to play

You will need to choose 6 numbers from two different ball sets

  • Choose 5 numbers from a possible 70 numbers

  • Choose the gold “Mega” ball from a possible 25 numbers

When to play

  • Mega Millions draws are held twice a week on Tuesday and Friday. Draws are held in Georgia, USA, at 23:00 PM (ET)