For many people, the Mega Millions lottery offers the possibility to win millions of dollars, especially when the jackpot is enormous. People are going to nearby convenience stores to get in on the action as the amount swells.
Nevertheless, if you’ve never played Mega Millions or any other lottery game, you may not know where to begin—or even if you’d like to participate. Here are a few things to consider before making a final decision.
Friday night at 11 p.m. ET is the next drawing, and it’s going to be a huge one. At $1.025 billion, the Mega Millions jackpot is the largest in history. In terms of Mega Millions history, this is the third-largest prize and just the third time that the jackpot has exceeded $1 billion.
What if I don’t live in the United States? Am I allowed to participate?
To be eligible to win, players do not have to be U.S. citizens.
Are there any online ticket sales?
Some states and the District of Columbia allow you to purchase lottery tickets online but need you to first register with your state or territory’s lotteries in order to do so. Additionally, if you reside in New York, you may subscribe to the Mega Millions lottery.
It’s generally a good idea to be cautious when purchasing additional internet tickets, and to do your best to avoid falling into a scam.
What if I live in a state where Mega Millions isn’t offered?
Although Mega Millions isn’t available in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, or Utah, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate if you reside in one of those states. As a result, you’ll have to travel if you win a lottery ticket purchased outside of the state in which it was purchased.
How do you like to play?
Tickets for each show cost $2. You get to choose six numbers for each ticket. Your white ball numbers are the first five numbers in the range of 1 to 70. In order to win the gold Mega Ball, you must select a number between 1 and 25. Unsure about your choice? “Easy Pick” and “Quick Pick” choices allow you to pick your tickets at random when purchasing them. A random number generator is available on Mega Millions’ website if you want to pick your own numbers before purchasing your ticket(s).
To be eligible for the prize, you must have all six of your digits match those that are selected. Other reward tiers, on the other hand, need fewer numbers to match.
What are the chances that I’ll win?
You have a one in 302.5 million chance of winning. Playing the lottery is still a gamble, even if your odds improve somewhat as you move up the payout scale.
Are the yearly and cash payouts different in any way?
There are two methods to get your Mega Millions jackpot prize. You can get a lump sum of money soon after you win, but it’s not as much as if you split it over a longer period of time. There is a total of $1.025 billion in prize money available, but only $602.5 million in cash if you want it right away.
Alternatively, you can receive your money annually. After winning, you’ll get a lump sum payout, followed by annual instalments for the next 29 years. It is Mega Millions’ stated goal to “protect winners’ lifestyle and spending power in periods of inflation” by increasing those payouts by 5% each time.
What’s the largest jackpot in history?
Mega Millions’ all-time record-breaking jackpot was $1.537 billion, won in October of that year. South Carolina is the state where the winning ticket was purchased.