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.
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.
Latest Mega Millions Numbers
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.
How to Play Mega Millions
Mega Millions tickets cost $1 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 75 and a Mega Ball number from one to 15. 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 11:30 PM EST. The minimum jackpot is always $15 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 258,890,850||Jackpot|
|Match 5||1 in 18,492,204||$1,000,000|
|Match 4 + Mega Ball||1 in 739,688||$5,000|
|Match 4||1 in 52,835||$500|
|Match 3 + Mega Ball||1 in 10,720||$50|
|Match 3||1 in 766||$5|
|Match 2 + Mega Ball||1 in 473||$5|
|Match 1 + Mega Ball||1 in 56||$2|
|Match 0 + Mega Ball||1 in 21||$1|
|Overall odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are 1 in 14.7|
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 number 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. For just an extra $1 per play, you could increase the size of your prize by two, three, four or five times. With the exception of California, this option is offered by all participating state lotteries. Here's how a potential prize could grow:
|Prize Breakdown||x 2 Megaplier||x 3 Megaplier||x 4 Megaplier||x5 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|
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
There have been some pretty incredible jackpots in the game's history, one of which currently holds the record for the second-largest lottery jackpot ever won.
The largest-ever Mega Millions jackpot was drawn on March 30th, 2012. Ticket sales soared before the drawing, which pushed up the annuity value of the jackpot to a whopping $656 million. The prize was split between three winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois took home $218.6 million, while "the Three Amigos", a group of three education workers, picked up another $218.6 million in Maryland. A final winner in Kansas opted for anonymity and chose a lump sum payment of $157 million.
Two winning tickets split a Mega Millions jackpot of $648 million (annuity option) in a drawing held on December 17th, 2013. The cash value of the prize was $347.6 million. Georgia grandmother Ira Curry took home a lump sum of $120 million, while California delivery driver Steve Tran took home $130.3 after federal taxes.
More recently, a family from Indiana claimed the largest cash prize on a single lottery ticket when they hit the Mega Millions jackpot on July 8th 2016. The group, who received the prize as the Warren D LLC, banked $378.3 million from a jackpot that would have been worth $540 million if paid as an annuity.
Here are the top Mega Millions winners of all time:
|$656 million (cash option $471 million)||March 30th 2012||Three ticket holders from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland|
|$648 million (cash option $347.6 million)||December 17th 2013||Ira Curry from Georgia and Steve Tran from California|
|$540 million (cash option of $378.3 million)||July 8th 2016||Single ticket from Cambridge City, Indiana|
|$414 million (shared the cash option of $230.9 million)||March 18th 2014||Cobie & Seamus Trust from Florida and an anonymous player from Maryland|
|$390 million (shared the cash option of $233 million)||March 6th 2007||Elaine & Harold Messner from New Jersey and Eddie Nabors from Georgia|
The Fine Print
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.