Mega Millions

Mega Millions is a multi-jurisdictional game played across 46 localities in North America with a starting jackpot of $40 million. Until January 2016, the game held the honour of generating the third-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 70, followed by one red Mega Ball from a second pool of 25, in order to win the top prize. Jackpots start at a minimum of $40 million and 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 Friday 20th July 2018. Chronology is used to distinguish ties.

Prize Draw Information

Last Jackpot

The last jackpot drawn on Friday 20th July 2018 for Mega Millions was $433,000,000

The next estimated Mega Millions jackpot is $493,000,000
which will be drawn on Tuesday 24th July 2018

Mega Millions

Mega Millions Numbers (Last 10 Draws)

Draw Date: Winning Numbers: Draw Detail:
Friday 20th July 2018
01
1
14
30
44
62
1
2
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Tuesday 17th July 2018
40
40
41
61
66
67
12
5
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Friday 13th July 2018
21
21
22
39
59
68
2
2
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Tuesday 10th July 2018
01
1
17
28
56
70
14
3
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Friday 6th July 2018
02
2
10
46
50
56
16
3
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Tuesday 3rd July 2018
13
13
35
45
49
68
23
2
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Friday 29th June 2018
02
2
32
47
49
68
23
4
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Tuesday 26th June 2018
17
17
25
29
39
60
19
2
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Friday 22nd June 2018
02
2
6
11
27
44
20
2
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Tuesday 19th June 2018
11
11
13
28
65
70
14
3
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Mega Millions Odds & Prize Draw Breakdown

Lottery Odds

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
View the FAQs for an explanation of how overall odds of winning are calculated

Mega Millions Draw Details

Mega Millions is drawn on the following days
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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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.

A fifth matrix change occurred in October 2013, when both pools were altered to help accelerate the build-up of prize money. The number of balls in the main draw increased to 75, while the Mega Ball pool decreased to just 20 numbers.

In October 2017, 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 shortened the overall odds of winning a prize, including the second tier reward of $1 million.


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