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Gameplay

01.

To play Mega Millions, participants choose five main numbers from a set of 1 to 70, and an additional number called the Mega Ball from a set of 1 to 25. The Mega Ball number is drawn separately from the main numbers. Players can select their own numbers or opt for a quick pick, where the numbers are randomly generated for them

Jackpot

02.

The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million. If there is no jackpot winner in a drawing, the prize amount rolls over to the next drawing, increasing the jackpot.  This process can continue until someone wins the jackpot, leading to some enormous prize amounts.

Secondary prizes

03.

In addition to the jackpot, there are several other prize tiers in Mega Millions.  These prizes range from a few dollars to millions of dollars, depending on the number of matching numbers and the Mega Ball.

Drawings

04.

Mega Millions drawings are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.  The drawings take place in Atlanta, Georgia, and the results are available shortly after.

Odds Of Winning

05.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are quite challenging, with a 1 in 302,575,350 chance of matching all five main numbers and the Mega Ball.  However, there are multiple other prize tiers with better odds of winning.

Ticket Cost

06.

The cost of a single Mega Millions ticket varies by state, typically priced at $2 per play. Some states also offer the Megaplier option for an additional $1, which can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times.

Claiming prizes

07.

Winners of Mega Millions prizes must claim their winnings within a specific time period, usually ranging from 90 days to one year, depending on the state where the ticket was purchased.  It is important to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until claiming the prize.