Play the Mega Millions!

Pick 5 regular numbers (1-70) and one Megaball (1-25) – or use quickpick to select your numbers for you. Match all 6 numbers to win the jackpot.

There are also 8 additional prize categories, starting at $2 if you match the megaball number.

The starting jackpot amount will vary based on sales until further notice – this amount will be announced before each draw.

Mega Millions How to Play

Welcome to Mega Millions, where your dreams have the potential to come true with just a single ticket. Playing Mega Millions is not only exciting but also straightforward. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps of how to play Mega Millions and increase your chances of winning big.

Random Ticket Picker Algorithm

Use our Random ticket picker computer algorithm to generate yourself a unique set of numbers to use in the Mega Millions draw!


Match Prize* Odds
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Jackpot 1 in 302,575,350
$1,000,000 1 in 12,607,306
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$10,000 1 in 931,001
$500 1 in 38,792
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$200 1 in 14,547
$10 1 in 606
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$10 1 in 693
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$10 1 in 89
$2 1 in 37
Overall chances of winning any prize: 1 in 24

* In California, all prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales and the number of winners. All other Mega Millions states set the 2nd through 9th prizes at pre-determined amounts.

How to Play Mega Millions

Playing Mega Millions is as easy as 1-2-3. Here's a step-by-step guide to get you started:

Step 1: Get Your Mega Millions Ticket

Your journey to becoming a Mega Millions winner begins with obtaining a ticket. Here's how you can do it:

- Visit an Authorized Retailer

Mega Millions tickets are available at authorized retailers across the participating states. Simply walk into a store that sells lottery tickets, fill out a play slip, and hand it to the cashier along with your payment.

- Quick Pick Option

If you're not sure which numbers to choose, you can opt for the Quick Pick option. With this, the lottery terminal will randomly select numbers for you.

- Online Play

Visit a reputable service provider and follow the instructions to buy a ticket online. This option is especially convenient for those who prefer playing from the comfort of their homes.

Step 2: Choose Your Numbers

Mega Millions is a game where you select five main numbers from a pool of 1 to 70 and one Megaball number from a pool of 1 to 25. The combination of these numbers determines whether you win and the amount you win. Here are some tips for selecting your numbers:

- Familiarize Yourself with Past Results

You can look up past winning numbers to see if there are any patterns or trends. Keep in mind that lottery numbers are drawn randomly, but some players find it interesting to study previous outcomes.

- Use Birthdays or Significant Dates

Some players like to use special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, or other meaningful numbers when choosing their lottery numbers.

- Random Selection

For a truly random selection, consider using the Quick Pick option. This way, you leave it to chance, which can be exciting.

Step 3: Play and Wait for the Draw

After obtaining your Mega Millions ticket with your chosen numbers, it's time to play and wait for the draw. Here's what to do:

- Check the Draw Date

Mega Millions drawings are typically held on every week. Make sure you have your ticket ready for the upcoming draw.

- Watch the Draw Live

If you enjoy the anticipation, you can watch the Mega Millions draw live on various television stations or online streaming platforms.

- Check the Numbers

After the draw, check your numbers against the winning numbers. If your selected numbers match the winning numbers, congratulations, you're a winner!

Join the Mega Millions Excitement Today

Now that you know how to play Mega Millions, you're ready to embark on your journey to potential riches. Whether you're a casual player or a devoted lottery enthusiast, Mega Millions offers a thrilling opportunity to chase your dreams and turn them into reality.

Remember to play responsibly, have fun, and keep your fingers crossed for that life-changing jackpot. Who knows? The next Mega Millions winner could be you!