Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game governed by MUSL (multi-state lottery association) and is played in 46 US jurisdictions. This lottery game was first introduced as the Big Game in 1996, which was later renamed Big Mega Millions and then shortened to Mega Millions. In the beginning, it was available in only 6 US states and is now available in about 46 states. It is also known as the US Multi-State Lottery. Mega Millions is known to offer huge jackpot rolls and is quite popular amongst lottery players. In October 2018, the jackpot was rolled over to $1.58 billion and created history. Powerball is another lottery with similar jackpot rolls, gaming options, and availability.
Virginia offers Mega Millions since the beginning, i.e., September 6, 1996. “People now have the chance to win $1 billion in the lottery but everything comes at a price. People’s innovation demands that they continue the fresh, fun lottery games and provide a catchy jackpot”, said the president of the Mega Millions Lottery, Debbie D. Alford. This is the reason they keep making changes in the game format so that people can keep finding something new in the game. Therefore, it is safe to say that the reason for the lottery changes may be that it keeps growing and is interesting.
In 2017, Mega Millions made some interesting changes in the format of the game, which resulted in another huge jackpot roll. The odds have been increased and the price of the ticket as well. Now Mega Millions lottery ticket costs $2 per play. players need to pick any 5 numbers from the number pool of 1 through 70 and Mega Ball number from the number pool of 1 to 25 numbers. Therefore, the odds of winning the rolling jackpot of Mega Millions are 1 in 302 million. Mega Millions successfully rolled over to $1.58 billion in October 2018, and there was a single ticket winner from South Carolina. There are two options to pick your Mega Millions of numbers, either play the numbers you want by marking your desired numbers on the payslip. Or you can play random numbers by picking the Quick Pick method which allows the computer system to allocate you any 6 numbers to play.
How to Play
Mega Millions is all about numbers. They offer a pool of 1 to 70 number, and you have to pick any 5 numbers from the given number pool. Then you need to pick the Mega Ball numbers from the pool of 1 to 25 numbers. Just like any other lottery game, there are two options to pick your Mega Millions of numbers, either play the numbers you want by marking your desired numbers on the payslip. Or you can play random numbers by picking the Quick Pick method which allows the computer system to allocate you any 6 numbers to play.
Odds and Payouts
To win the rolling Jackpot, you need to match all 6 numbers with the drawn numbers and the odds for the same are 1 in 302 million. To win a cash prize of $1 million, match all 5 numbers, not the Mega Ball, and the odds for the same are 1 in 12,607,306. To win a cash prize of $10,000, match 4+1 numbers, and the odds for the same are 1 in 931,001. To win a cash prize of $500 match 4 numbers, not the Mega Ball, and the odds for the same are 1 in 38,792. Win $300 by matching 3+1 numbers with the odds of 1 in 14,547.
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