The USA Mega Millions is a very popular international lottery game which is played by millions of punters across the globe. The lottery is very popular because it is one of the most lucrative lottery in the world, with its record jackpot prize standing at a staggering $1.537 billion, this is a huge amount of money which can resuscitate a country’s economy. What makes these jackpot prizes this big is the fact that the lottery is a rollover lottery and if it goes for a long time without a winner, the jackpot prize will escalate.
The lottery was launched 24 years ago in 1996 as ‘The Game’ and was later renamed Megamillions in 2002 and it has been making millionaires ever since. According to the information on the Mega Millions official website, the lottery can only be played in a total of 47 jurisdictions, that is, the 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Do not despair if you do not reside in the regions mentioned above because you can still play Mega Millions through various online lottery providers which offer you a chance to bet on international lotteries, such companies are;
How do you play the USA Megamillions?
The Mega Millions is a 5/70 lottery which means that you must pick 5 different numbers from numbers 1 – 70 and one ball which is referred to as the ‘gold Mega Ball’ from 1 – 25, so in total, you must select up to a total of six numbers from two separate pools of numbers and if you manage to match all the six winning numbers, you will automatically win the jackpot. Besides picking the numbers on your own, you can also make use of the Random Number Generator whereby the computer system randomly selects your Mega Millions numbers on your behalf. It is important to note that you can also win using this system. The good thing about this lottery is that not only are you supposed to match all the numbers in order to win, there is a total of eight other prize categories where you can win without hitting the jackpot;
5 + 1 Jackpot
4 + 1 $10,000
3 + 1 $200
2 + 1 $10
1 + 1 $4
When are the draws conducted?
Mega Millions lottery has a total of two draws which are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time but the draws will be on Wednesday and Saturday at 05:00 hrs in South Africa due to the different time zones. You can get the lottery results on the official mega millions website https://www.megamillions.com/ and the results will be posted shortly after each drawing, you can also check the results via a number of verified online lottery websites.
Who can bet on the Mega Million?
If you are wondering how you can play the Mega Millions outside of its jurisdiction, it will interest you to know that you can buy tickets for the Mega Millions lottery through the use of international online lottery companies, but please note that you will not be betting on the actual lottery, but against the results on the lottery because Mega Millions tickets are not sold outside the United States. Below is a list of the states where the Mega Millions can be legally played;
Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia District Of Columbia
Idaho Illinois Indiana
Iowa Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana
Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee
Texas Vermont Virginia
Virgin Islands Washington West Virginia
What are the odds of winning the Mega Millions?
Mega Millions is not an easy lottery to hit the jackpot because the odds are stacked against the punters, difficult as it may, a lot of people have managed to hit the jackpot several times. Here are the odds of winning various prizes on the Mega Millions;
5 + 1 (Jackpot) 1 in 302,575,350
5 1 in 12,607,306
4 + 1 1 in 931,001
4 1 in 38,792
3 + 1 1 in 14,547
3 1 in 606
2 + 1 1 in 693
1 + 1 1 in 89
1 1 in 37