Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery played across 46 localities in North America with a starting jackpot of $40 million. The top prize rolls over when it is not won and has regularly exceeded $500 million since changes were made to the game in 2017.
Players are required to select five white numbers from a possible 70, followed by one red Mega Ball from a second pool of 25. The jackpot is won if any ticket matches the full set of numbers, while there are eight more prize tiers rewarding players who match fewer numbers.Related: Powerball
This Mega Millions data includes all draws up to and including Tuesday 11th December 2018. Chronology is used to distinguish ties.
Prize Draw Information
The last jackpot drawn on Tuesday 11th December 2018 for Mega Millions was $245,000,000
The next estimated Mega Millions jackpot is $262,000,000
Mega Millions Numbers (Last 10 Draws)
|Draw Date:||Winning Numbers:||Draw Detail:|
|Tuesday 11th December 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Friday 7th December 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Tuesday 4th December 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Friday 30th November 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Tuesday 27th November 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Friday 23rd November 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Friday 16th November 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Tuesday 13th November 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
|Friday 9th November 2018||View More Info About This Draw|
Mega Millions Odds & Prize Draw Breakdown
Players must pick 5 balls from a pool of 70 and 1 Mega Ball from a separate pool of 25.
|Numbers Matched||Odds (Rounded)|
|5 Main Numbers + Mega Ball (Jackpot)||1 in 302,575,350|
|5 Main Numbers||1 in 12,607,306|
|4 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 931,001|
|4 Main Numbers||1 in 38,792|
|3 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 14,547|
|3 Main Numbers||1 in 606|
|2 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 693|
|1 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 89|
|Mega Ball Only||1 in 37|
Approx. Overall Odds: 1 in 24
An extra option for Mega Millions players in the majority of states is to add the Megaplier to their ticket. The Megaplier provides a way to multiply the value of non-jackpot prizes by up to five times, so anyone who has added the option to their ticket will see their award increased if they have matched enough numbers.
A multiplier – 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – will be drawn at random before the main draw takes place and winning players will have their prize boosted by the value of that multiplier. The following table shows the odds of each Megaplier being selected.
|2x||1 in 3|
|3x||1 in 2.5|
|4x||1 in 5|
|5x||1 in 15|
Mega Millions Draw Details
Mega Millions History
Mega Millions can trace its roots back to August 1996, when it was launched as The Big Game and tickets were sold 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.
In May 2002 the game was rebranded as Mega Millions and the matrix changed again, in order to generate bigger jackpots by making it harder to win. Players were now required to match five from 52 plus one from 52 to win the jackpot.
The next 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.
The format was altered again in October 2013 to help accelerate the build-up of prize money. The number of balls in the main pool increased to 75, while the Mega Ball pool decreased to just 15 numbers.
In October 2017, Mega Millions underwent several more changes in a bid to keep the game fresh. A reduction of the main ball pool to 70, combined with an increase of the Mega Ball pool to 25, left the odds of winning the jackpot longer than the odds of winning Powerball. However, the 2017 changes did shorten the overall odds of winning a prize.
The latest changes helped to create the biggest Mega Millions jackpot of all time on 23rd October 2018, when a single ticket holder from South Carolina matched all the numbers drawn to win $1.53 billion.
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