USA Mega Millions FAQs
Question: When does the Mega Millions draw take place?
The Mega Millions draw takes place twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday night at 23.00 ET in Atlanta, Georgia.
Question: What time do ticket sales for Mega Millions close?
For Mega Millions tickets purchased through a retailer, the cut off time for purchases varies from state to state so please check the rules in your jurisdiction.
Question: Does Mega Millions have a guaranteed minimum jackpot amount?
Yes. The guaranteed minimum jackpot is US$40 Million.
Question: How much does it cost to play Mega Millions?
It costs US$2 to enter Mega Millions.
Question: How many numbers do I have to pick from for Mega Millions?
You have to pick five main numbers between 1 and 70, and one Mega Ball between 1 and 25.
Question: How does the Megaplier work?
You can enable the Megaplier for US$1 per draw, with your non-jackpot prizes multiplied by the number drawn on the night. The potential Megapliers are 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x.
Question: How do I win playing Mega Millions?
There are nine winning prize tiers in Mega Millions, with prizes awarded for matching anything from just the Mega Ball. To win the jackpot a player must match all five main numbers plus the Mega Ball.
Question: What is Just the jackpot?
Just the Jackpot is an additional wager for Mega Millions, introduced in October 2017. For just US$3, you receive two chances to win the jackpot alone. None of the other eight prizes are eligible in Just the Jackpot, and you’ll receive two sets of Mega Millions numbers to see if you’re a winner.
Question: Can I play Mega Millions if I live in South Africa?
Yes. You can choose US Mega Millions online here.
Question: If I win, how long do I have to claim my prize?
Claim periods vary from state to state and are between 90 days and a year. Players are advised to check the rules of the state where the ticket was purchased as prizes not claimed within the specified time period will expire.
If you have played online then your winnings will automatically be deposited into your online account.
Question: How old do I have to be to play Mega Millions?
The minimum age to play Mega Millions varies from state to state and is between 18 and 21. Players wishing to play online must be aged 18 or over.
Question: Are Mega Millions winnings taxed?
Yes. Mega Millions jackpot winnings are subject to both state and federal taxes.
Question: Does Mega Millions have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
Mega Millions does not have a rollover limit or jackpot cap and will continue to roll over until a player matches the five main numbers plus the Mega Ball drawn.