How to play Mega Millions

Mega Millions’ characteristics and rules

To play, you just need to choose five numbers from 1 to 70 and an extra Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. This amazing game increases its jackpot for every draw without a winner, and it allows you to try your luck twice a week.

History of Mega Millions

The draw goes back to 1996, when the first draw was held under the name of “The Big Game”. The game changed its name to Mega Millions in 2002, with the famous “Mega Ball” replacing the original “Golden Ball».

In 2003, when Texas entered the draw, the Megaplier option was added just in Texas. It was not until 2010 that the other states incorporated it into the game. The last way to play to arrive was “Just The Jackpot”, included in 2017.

Currently, it is known for being one of the biggest draws in the world, and the game has become established in 45 states, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Ways to play Mega Millions

Mega Millions allows you to increase your possibilities to win with: 

  • Megaplier: for just $1 extra, this option will allow you to multiply your prizes (except the jackpot) up to 5x.

Mega Millions dates

Mega Millions drawings are held twice a week, Tuesday and Friday evenings. The specific time varies by location. The drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia at 11:00 p.m. EST. With TuLotero you can play 365 days a year, 24 hours a day (always before the closing time).


You can play for only $2 for each play. 

If you also decide to increase your possibilities to win big, you can add the Megaplier option for one extra dollar.


In each draw, there are two machines involved. The first machine extracts five random numbers from 1 to 70, and the second machine extracts the Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. If your combination matches the winning numbers, you are the jackpot winner!

If two or more people get the same combination, the jackpot will be split between the winners on a pari-mutuel basis.

Jackpot and prizes

The jackpot starts at a minimum of $20 million. Besides, for each draw without a winner, the jackpot will continue to grow. In Mega Millions, the sky is the limit!

Mega Millions prize table

Match Prize x2 x3 x4 x5
5 + MB Jackpot
5 of 5 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000
4 + MB $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000
4 of 5 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500
3 + MB $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000
3 of 5 $10 $20 $30 $40 $50
2 + MB $10 $20 $30 $40 $50
1 + MB $4 $8 $12 $16 $20
MB $2 $4 $6 $8 $10

*Megaplier does not apply to the jackpot.

Game Curiosities

Mega Millions holds the record for the world’s second biggest jackpot, and the biggest jackpot with a single winner in history. The jackpot reached the outrageous number of $1,537,000,000!

Biggest prize with a single winner, And second biggest jackpot

In the very first Mega Millions draw, there was a jackpot winner! The draw took place on May 17, 2002, and the winner took home $28 million dollars.

Jackpot in the first draw, May 17, 2002

Mega Millions is the only draw in which you can get a second prize as high as $5 million, thanks to the Megaplier.

Huge second prize, Megaplier

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