Mega Millions is an American multi-jurisdictional lottery game that was first released in 1996 under The Big Game and briefly rebranded as The Big Game Mega Millions six years later. As of January 30, 2020, it is available in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Big Game Mega Millions drawing was the inaugural one, which took place in 2002. Following the retirement of The Big Game as the name of the game, all versions of what is now Mega Millions featured a gold ball with six stars to represent the game’s initial membership, though some lotteries insert their respective logo in the ball. The game was initially offered in six states.
When to do Drawing?
Every Tuesday and Friday at 10 p.m. Central time, Mega Millions of drawings take place.
How to play?
Players in the Mega Millions can choose their own numbers between 1 and 70 as well as a “Mega Ball” or have numbers produced at random for them.
A player would win the jackpot in the drawing if all five of their numbers and the “Mega Ball” were the same.
Of course, there are other prizes in the game besides the jackpot.
According to organizers, if a player matches all five numbers but not the “Mega Ball,” they will win $1 million.
The player would win $10,000 for matching four numbers plus the “Mega Ball.” If a player reaches four digits sans the “Mega Ball,” they will receive a $500 prize.
Three numbers must match for the “Mega Ball” to be worth $200.
A player will receive $10 if they match three numbers, two numbers, and the “Mega Ball.”
A $2 prize is awarded for matching the “Mega Ball,” and a $4 prize is awarded for matching one number and the “Mega Ball.”
In Illinois, players additionally have the choice to upgrade their $2 ticket by purchasing a $1 “Megaplier.” Any non-jackpot prize, such as matching all five drawn numbers, would have its value doubled.
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If a player wins tonight’s jackpot, which is currently estimated at $830 million, it will rank as the fourth-largest lottery reward ever given out in the United States.
The only wins that were bigger were all at least $1 billion in value, including the record-breaking jackpot of about $1.6 billion from a Powerball drawing in January 2016.
Only two other Mega Millions jackpots have exceeded this week’s prize: $1 billion in Jan. 2021 and $1.5 billion in Oct. 2018’s drawing.