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Mega Millions


Mega Millions, is a multi-state lottery draw game, with an optional Megaplier add-on, playable in forty-four U.S states (including Michigan), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is one of America's mind-bogglingly big lottery games, with a starting Jackpot prize of $40 Million in annuity value.

Mega Millions was first served on the Michigan Lottery’s games menu sometime in mid-1996, it was known as The Big Game then and was retitled to Mega Millions in May of 2002, about six years later.

To maintain a public edge for frequent large jackpots and bigger lower-tier prizes, Mega Millions offers a low-priced ticket and a starting jackpot value of $40 million. Not only do jackpots roll faster and higher, but the change in the prize structure gave players a much better chance than ever before of winning the second-tier prize of $1 million or up to $5 million if also playing the optional Megaplier.

Mega Millions tickets are sold both online and at all 11,000 licensed Michigan Lottery retail counters at a cost of $2.00 per play and an add-on option called Megaplier can be added for an extra $1. This Megaplier optional feature increases non-jackpot prizes by a factor of 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.


5 White Balls + Mega Ball1: 302,575,350Jackpot*
5 White Balls1: 12,607,306$1 Million
4 White Balls + Mega Ball1: 931,001$10,000
4 White Balls1: 38,792$500
3 White Balls + Mega Ball1: 14,547$200
3 White Balls1: 606$10
2 White Balls + Mega Ball1: 693$10
1 White Ball + Mega Ball1: 89$4
Mega Ball1: 37$2


5 White Balls1: 12,607,306$2 Million$3 Million$4 Million$5 Million
4 White Balls + Mega Ball1: 931,001$20,000$30,000$40,000$50,000
4 White Balls1: 38,792$1,000$1,500$2,000$2,500
3 White Balls + Mega Ball1: 14,547$400$600$800$1,000
3 White Balls1: 606$20$30$40$50
2 White Balls + Mega Ball1: 693$20$30$40$50
1 White Ball + Mega Ball1: 89$8$12$16$20
Mega Ball1: 37$4$6$8$10

To stand a chance of winning prizes in Mega Millions, players must first pick six numbers from two distinct number pools – any five different main numbers from a pool of 1 to 70 numbers and one bonus Mega Ball number from a pool of 1 to 25 numbers.

To win, the multimillion-dollar jackpot prize, a player’s preselected six numbers should match the draw’s winning numbers in five main numbers plus the Mega Ball format.

Mega Millions of drawings are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. If no ticket wins the Jackpot in a draw, the jackpot prize rolls over to the next draw and grows by a minimum of five million dollars per roll overdraw. Jackpot winners in Michigan, as with most Mega Millions of jurisdictions, have a choice to either receive their winnings in thirty years on year payment annuities with a 5 percent increase per payment or a one-time cash, lump-sum payment option.

If there is more than one Mega Millions jackpot prize winning a ticket, the winning prize is shared equally among all winners. All non-jackpot prizes are set pay-outs as shown in the prize tables above, but, in some states, all prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales volumes and the number of winners. If available funds are insufficient to pay set prizes, non-jackpot prizes may be paid on a pari-mutuel basis and could thus be lower than the amounts set.


Mega Millions began on August 31, 1996, as the Big Game. The first drawing took place on September 6, 1996, with six states participating: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia. There was a jackpot winner in the very first Mega Millions drawing. The drawing on May 17, 2002, resulted in a $28 million winning ticket in Illinois. There was a second jackpot winner just one week later - which means there were two jackpot winners within the first three Mega Millions drawings.

Since the game began in 2002, there have been 179 jackpots won by 203 individual tickets (20 jackpots have been shared by two or more winning tickets). Mega Millions has awarded 15 jackpots of more than $300 million, including a record $656 million on March 30, 2012, which was the world’s largest lotto jackpot until January 2016.

The largest Mega Millions prize won on a single ticket is $543 million, won in California on July 24, 2018. Close behind are a $536 million ticket sold in Indiana on July 8, 2016, and $533 million won in New Jersey on March 30, 2018.

Six Mega Millions jackpots have been won on a Friday the 13th. Michigan has been especially lucky on that special day, with four winning jackpots (June 2008, May 2011, June 2014, and one shared with Rhode Island in October 2017). A Friday the 13th jackpot was also won in New York in March 2009 and in Ohio in November 2015.

Jackpots have been won in...

All of the original participating states have had Mega Millions of jackpot winners. Beginning in January 2010, the game was expanded to all American lotteries including the Virgin Islands. Since that time, jackpots have been won in 22 different jurisdictions: Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Four jackpots have been won to date in 2018. A Florida player won a $451 million prize on January 5, a $533 million jackpot was won in New Jersey on March 30, a $142 million prize was won in Ohio on May 4 and $543 million was won in California on July 24. The latter is the third largest prize in Mega Millions history. In 2017, six jackpots were won: two in California ($191 million on January 27 and $61 million on April 28), one in Arkansas ($177 million on March 31), one in Illinois ($393 million on August 11), one in New York ($105 million on September 22) and a $42 million prize on October 13 shared by tickets sold in Michigan and Rhode Island (that state’s very first Mega Millions jackpot winner!)


Just the Jackpot was introduced in October 2017 and gives players two chances at winning the jackpot prize for the price of $3. If you choose the Just the Jackpot wager, you will only be eligible to win the jackpot prize. Players cannot claim prizes in any of the eight other prize tiers, which range from $2 to $1 million.

In some states, a special offer called Just the Jackpot is available. Jackpot players will love this exciting new wager type that allows them to play specifically for the jackpot only. At a price of $3, the player will receive two plays for the jackpot only. Just the Jackpot tickets are not eligible for any other prize levels. To see if the lottery in your jurisdiction offers this option, visit that lottery’s website (you can find links on our “Where to Play” page).