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Mega Millions is a multi-jurisdictional game played across 45 localities in North America with a starting jackpot of $15 million. Until January 2016, the game held the honour of generating the largest lottery jackpot in the world, after three winning ticket holders split a top prize of $656 million in March 2012. This prize still remains the second-largest jackpot in history.

Mega Millions is a double-matrix game requiring players to match five white numbers from a possible 75, followed by one red Mega ball from a second pool of 15, in order to win the jackpot. There are eight more prize tiers rewarding players who match fewer numbers.

Upcoming Changes: Confirmed changes mean that from October 2017, players will choose five numbers ranging from 1-70 and a single number between 1-25. This is different to the current number pools of 1-75 and 1-15 players must choose from.

This Mega Millions data includes all draws up to and including Tuesday July 18th, 2017. Chronology is used to distinguish ties.

Related: Powerball

Prize Draw Information:

Last Jackpot

The last jackpot drawn on Tuesday July 18th, 2017 for Mega Millions was $232,000,000

The next estimated Mega Millions jackpot is $248,000,000
which will be drawn on Friday July 21st, 2017.

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Mega Millions Numbers (Last 10 Draws):

Draw Date: Winning Numbers: Draw Detail:
Tuesday July 18th, 2017
8
12
23
51
73
6
4
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Friday July 14th, 2017
11
12
24
32
73
1
4
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Tuesday July 11th, 2017
7
18
24
55
74
10
2
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Friday July 7th, 2017
2
9
11
28
60
10
5
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Tuesday July 4th, 2017
16
39
47
53
71
15
4
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Friday June 30th, 2017
10
38
51
55
64
6
5
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Tuesday June 27th, 2017
4
21
45
52
57
14
4
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Friday June 23rd, 2017
12
20
53
66
74
11
2
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Tuesday June 20th, 2017
2
15
41
49
63
3
3
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Friday June 16th, 2017
18
22
26
30
44
9
5
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Mega Millions Odds & Prize Draw Breakdown

Lottery Odds

Players must pick 5 balls from a pool of 75 and 1 Mega Ball from a separate pool of 15.

Numbers Matched Odds (Rounded)
5 Main Numbers + Mega Ball (Jackpot) 1 in 258,890,850
5 Main Numbers 1 in 18,492,204
4 Main Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 739,688
4 Main Numbers 1 in 52,835
3 Main Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 10,720
3 Main Numbers 1 in 766
2 Main Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 473
1 Main Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 56
Mega Ball Only 1 in 21

Approx. Overall Odds: 1 in 15

Mega Millions Draw Details:

The Mega Millions lottery is drawn on the following days
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
No Yes No No Yes No No

Mega Millions History

The Mega Millions game has a complex history, which has seen five matrix changes, a name change and several revisions to its prize tiers. These changes might affect the validity of certain statistical information shown across this site.

Mega Millions can trace its roots back to August 1996, when it was launched as The Big Game and sold tickets across six states for its Friday night draws. The original game required players to select five numbers from a pool of 50, plus one additional number from a second pool of 25. Jackpots could be claimed only via the annuity option.

The increased popularity of the game led to an additional Tuesday draw being introduced in February 1998. In January 1999, the number matrix was changed to five from 50 and one from 36, combined with the option of a lump-sum payout for jackpot winners.

The matrix changed for the third time in May 2002 in order to generate bigger jackpots by making the game harder to win. Players were now required to match five from 52 plus one from 52 to win the jackpot.

The fourth matrix change occurred in June 2005, which was when California joined the game. Once again, both pools were changed to lengthen the odds against winning, which meant that players now needed to match five from 56 plus one from 46 to win the jackpot.

In October 2013, Mega Millions underwent another series of matrix changes to arrive at its current format, together with detailed alterations to its prize structure. The current matrix has lengthened the odds of winning the jackpot, but has reduced the overall odds of winning a prize overall.


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