Mega Millions Numbers
Looking for the latest Mega Millions numbers? You'll find a full prize breakdown and jackpot amounts for the last five drawings here. Simply click on a result to find out more about drawings held by this amazing interstate lottery.
Latest Mega Millions Numbers
How to Play Mega Millions
Mega Millions is one of the biggest lottery games in America, as residents of over 40 states, as well as Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, can purchase tickets for some of the largest jackpots in recorded history.
Tickets cost $2 per play and can be purchased from authorized retailers or online if you live in Georgia, Illinois or Minnesota. If you're a resident of New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota or Virginia you can also buy subscriptions for Mega Millions tickets. All you have to do is pay for your entry and choose five numbers from one to 70 and a Mega Ball number from one to 25. If you're not the type to pick your own numbers, then you can opt for a Quick Pick, where the numbers will be randomly generated for you. Once you've handed in your ticket to the retailer, you'll receive a copy to keep for your records.
Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays each week in Atlanta, Georgia at 11pm ET. The minimum jackpot is always $40 million and there is no jackpot cap or rollover limit, which means that prizes can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Overall, there are nine ways to win!
Here's a breakdown of how the prize tiers work in most states:
|Prize Tier||Odds of Winning||Prize Amount|
|Match 5 + Mega Ball||1 in 302,575,350||Jackpot|
|Match 5||1 in 12,607,306||$1,000,000|
|Match 4 + Mega Ball||1 in 931,001||$10,000|
|Match 4||1 in 38,792||$500|
|Match 3 + Mega Ball||1 in 14,547||$200|
|Match 3||1 in 606||$10|
|Match 2 + Mega Ball||1 in 693||$10|
|Match 1 + Mega Ball||1 in 89||$4|
|Match 0 + Mega Ball||1 in 37||$2|
|Overall odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are 1 in 24|
The only exception to the pre-determined prize chart is California, where prizes operate on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning that prizes and payouts there are determined by the number of ticket sales and the amount of winning tickets.
In addition to the main Mega Millions game, there's also a Megaplier option where participants can exponentially increase the value of the non-jackpot prizes that they win. You must choose whether to play Megaplier when you purchase your ticket and you do not know which Megaplier number will appear until the draw takes place.
For just an extra $1 per play, you could increase the size of your prize by two, three, four or five times, depending on which number is drawn on the night. With the exception of California, this option is offered by all participating state lotteries. Here's how a potential prize could grow:
|Prize Breakdown||2x Megaplier||3x Megaplier||4x Megaplier||5x MegaPlier|
|Match 4 + Mega Ball||$10,000||$15,000||$20,000||$25,000|
|Match 3 +Mega Ball||$100||$150||$200||$250|
|Match 2 + Mega Ball||$10||$15||$20||$25|
|Match 1 + Mega Ball||$4||$6||$8||$10|
|Match 0 + Mega Ball||$2||$3||$4||$5|
Here are the odds of each Megaplier number appearing:
|Megaplier||Odds of Winning|
|2x||1 in 3|
|3x||1 in 2.5|
|4x||1 in 5|
|5x||1 in 15|
Just the Jackpot
Ticket holders also have the option to play Just the Jackpot. Players pay $3 for two lines, which would normally cost $4, but they can only win the jackpot. There is no prize for matching anything less than five main numbers and the Mega Ball. This feature is not currently available in New Hampshire.
Claiming a Prize
So you've matched all (or some) of the numbers selected and you've landed a life-changing Mega Millions prize. What do you do now?
If you've landed the jackpot, then you can choose a lump sum payment or an annuity. If you choose the annuity, you will receive one immediate payment and 29 annual payments after that. Each payment will be five percent larger than the last one in order to match the cost of living over time. If you choose the cash payment, you'll receive a one-time payment equivalent to the cash in the jackpot prize pool.
Any winnings you receive from Mega Millions will be subject to federal income taxes, as well as any applicable state income taxes. Several of the participating states – California, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, South Dakota, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington State – don't levy income taxes on their residents.
If you've just matched all the numbers and are already looking at yachts and mansions, then it might be a good idea to do some math and see how much you have actually won, as the advertised jackpot does not account for state and federal taxes.
Biggest Mega Millions Winners
Ever since Mega Millions rebranded in 2010, there have been some incredible jackpots won by players from across the U.S. Here are the top 5 Mega Millions winners of all time:
|Amount||Cash or Annuity?||Date||Winner Details|
|$656 million||The Illinois and Maryland winners chose annuity payments totalling $218.6 million, the Kansas winner took a $157 million cash lump sum.||March 30th 2012||The largest-ever Mega Millions jackpot was won on March 30th 2012, when three winning tickets shared a top prize worth a whopping $656 million. The prize was split between Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois, "the Three Amigos" - a group of three education workers in Maryland, and an anonymous ticket holder from Kansas.|
|$648 million||Took the cash option of $347.6 million||December 17th 2013||Two winners shared this impressive $648 million jackpot prize, Georgia grandmother Ira Curry and California delivery driver Steve Tran.|
|$540 million||Took the cash option of $378.3 million||July 8th 2016||The largest jackpot claimed by a single ticket was the $540 million prize won by a family from Indiana on July 8th 2016. They chose to remain anonymous, in accordance with Indiana laws, and received their prize under the name Warren D LLC.|
|$450 million||Took the cash option of $281.2 million||January 5th 2018||20-year old Shane Missler from Florida became the second biggest single winner of all time when one of the five QuickPicks he purchased for January 5th 2018 matched all six winning numbers.|
|$414 million||Shared the cash option of $230.9 million||March 18th 2014||Another large jackpot split between two lucky winners was won on March 18th 2014, the Cobie & Seamus Trust from Florida and an anonymous player from Maryland took home the cash.|
History of Mega Millions
Mega Millions has its roots in The Big Game, which held its first drawing on September 6th, 1996. Tickets were originally sold in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia.
When Ohio and New York joined the group in May 2002, the name of the lottery was changed to The Big Game Mega Millions. Lottery players across the country were intrigued by the interstate jackpot and more states signed up for the fun! Washington started participating in Mega Millions in September 2002 and was closely followed by Texas in December 2003. California joined in June 2005, becoming the 12th member of the interstate lottery. The "Big Game" was eventually dropped from the title and the lottery game began to be referred to as "Mega Millions".
Another 23 state lotteries started participating in Mega Millions on January 31st, 2010 thanks to a cross-selling agreement with Powerball. Since then, other lotteries have joined the fun, including Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Maine, South Dakota and Wyoming.
In October 2017, a number of changes were introduced to the game, including the matrix in the main game decreasing from 75 to 70 and the Mega Ball pool increasing from 20 to 25. A new minimum jackpot of $40 million was also introduced, replacing the existing base figure of $15 million. These alterations were designed to increase the rate at which the top prize grew, offering ticket holders the chance to play for bigger and more exciting prizes.
Most states that participate in Mega Millions require that players be at least 18 years old in order to participate. However, Nebraska residents must be 19 if they want to purchase tickets, and if you're in Arizona, Iowa or Louisiana, you'll have to wait until you're 21 if you want to play Mega Millions or participate in any other lottery or instant win game.
You have to buy a ticket for a Mega Millions drawing if you want a chance to win a Mega Millions prize. You can't win a prize for any lottery, competition, or sweepstakes that you never entered in the first place, and Mega Millions will never contact anyone to inform them of a win – players who think that they have winning tickets must contact Mega Millions instead. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is attempting to set you up for a lottery scam. Please visit the scams Page for more information.