Mega Millions Lottery

Mega Millions operates as a multi-state lottery, available to players in 45 US states, Washington DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Along with Powerball, Mega Millions functions as one of the two biggest national lotteries in the US.

Mega Millions tickets can be legally purchased online in more than 15 states, giving players the convenience of playing the lottery from anywhere within their respective state’s borders

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Mega Millions Winning Numbers

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Megaplier:
Jackpot: $153,000,000
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Jackpot: $140,000,000
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Jackpot: $128,000,000
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Jackpot: $117,000,000
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Jackpot: $104,000,000
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Jackpot: $94,000,000
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Jackpot: $82,000,000
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Jackpot: $72,000,000
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Jackpot: $61,000,000
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Jackpot: $50,000,000

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What Is Mega Millions?

The Mega Millions lottery is a bi-weekly drawing game, with jackpots that can reach into billion-dollar territory and beyond. Tickets for Mega Millions can be purchased legally in 45 states, making the game a truly national lottery.

Players across the US can watch as the jackpot escalates after each drawing until a lucky winner claims the grand prize. To win the jackpot, players must pick five numbers correctly out of a drum of 70 white balls, as well as choose the correct “MegaBall” number from a separate drum of 25 balls.

Picking all six of those numbers correctly can yield historically large payouts, reaching up to nine figures or more. The chance to win these massive prizes makes Mega Millions one of the most popular lotteries in the US.

More than 15 states offer legal online purchases of Mega Millions tickets, with some of those states also providing automatic online redemption of winning tickets.

Buying Mega Millions Tickets Online

More than 15 US states offer legal purchases to the Mega Millions lottery online. Some of these states offer Mega Millions purchases through the state’s own online lottery platform.

Other states allow online Mega Millions purchases through the Jackpocket mobile app, which acts as a legal mobile courier for online lottery purchases.

State/TerritoryYear LaunchedMega Millions
Illinois2012Yes
Georgia2012Yes
North Carolina2013Yes
Michigan2014Yes
New York2015Yes
Kentucky2016Yes
Pennsylvania2018Yes
Minnesota*2018Yes
New Hampshire2018Yes
North Dakota2018Yes
Texas*2019Yes
New Jersey*2019Yes
Colorado*2020Yes
Washington DC*2020Yes
Oregon*2020Yes
Arkansas*2020Yes
Virginia2020Yes

*online lottery purchases only available on the Jackpocket mobile app

The above table lists the states which offer Mega Millions through state-regulated online platforms, as well as the Jackpocket app. Aside from the Jackpocket-only states, the official apps for these state lotteries can be found at the App Store for Apple iOS users and the Google Play store for Android users.

In most states, online lottery accounts can be funded using ACH/eCheck, debit/credit cards, PayPal, prepaid cards, and a few other methods. Once you’ve made a deposit using one of these methods, Mega Millions entries can be purchased with just a couple of clicks.

Online lottery apps allow you to pick your numbers and purchase your ticket right from your mobile device. Once you’ve made your purchase, your online entry functions the same as if you physically purchased a ticket.

Learn more about How To Purchase Lottery Tickets Online, including options for Michigan and Pennsylvania

How To Use A Lottery Number Generator For Mega Millions

A lottery number generator acts as a randomizer that produces unbiased strings of numbers for use in a lottery drawing game. Using a lottery number generator can save time and offers the opportunity to use completely random picks in the Mega Millions drawings.

Bonus.com offers several lottery generator tools. Our main lottery generator page presents a user-friendly interface, producing quick random entries that can be used for Mega Millions, Powerball, and other national lotteries.

The Mega Millions Generator offers even more options, specifically geared toward Mega Millions. This Bonus.com tool allows you to pick up to six randomized lines at once, including the option to mix numbers of your choice with random numbers.

Our Mega Millions Generator tool displays the “Hottest” and “Coldest” numbers from the past month, year, and entire history of Mega Millions as well.

Mega Millions Drawing Days

Mega Millions plays twice every week, with drawings taking place every Tuesday and Friday. Each draw commences at 11 pm Eastern Time from the WSB-TV studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Lottery officials conduct each drawing.

The winning numbers from the latest drawing are displayed on the Mega Millions website homepage, as well as a link to past winning numbers.

You can also find the winning numbers on the Bonus.com Mega Millions page. This page displays the winning numbers from the last ten drawings, and also allows you to check numbers from the past years’ worth of drawings to see if they’ve won.

Claiming Mega Millions Winnings

When playing Mega Millions online, state-regulated lottery apps will automatically credit your online account when you win. Playing online eliminates the need to cash in a winning ticket, as online lotteries immediately pay out winning entries.

If you buy a lottery ticket online using the Jackpocket app, Jackpocket will automatically credit your account on wins of $600 or less. For wins of more than $600, Jackpocket will securely send you the physical ticket, which then must be redeemed at a Mega Millions claim center.

Physical Mega Millions tickets that win $600 or more must also be taken to a Mega Millions claim center for redemption. Wins of less than $600 can be cashed out at any authorized lottery retailer.

Are Mega Millions Winnings Taxable?

Mega Millions winnings, along with any other kind of lottery win, must be legally taxed as normal income. A Mega Millions win is subject to federal taxes, as well as state withholdings in states that apply taxes to lottery winnings.

On wins of $5,000 or more, Mega Millions will automatically withhold 24% for federal taxes. Some wins require that additional federal taxes be paid, and those payments are the responsibility of the lottery winner.

State tax laws toward lottery winnings vary across different jurisdictions. Again, it’s the player’s responsibility to find out the state stance and tax rate toward lottery winnings.

The History Of Mega Millions In The US

The origins of Mega Millions goes back to a multi-state lottery called The Big Game, which started in August 1996. The original version of The Big Game included six states, and the game was renamed The Big Game Mega Millions in 2002.

In 2010, the Mega Millions Group entered into an agreement with the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), the consortium of state lotteries which operates Powerball. The two national lotteries agreed to allow sales for both lotteries in all participating states.

This agreement led to the current US landscape, with both Mega Millions and Powerball offering purchases in 45 states. A 2011 change in federal stance on online gambling paved the way for states to start offering legal online lottery purchases.

Illinois became the first US state to legalize online lottery and has offered online purchases since 2012. Over the past decade, online lottery has expanded to include more than 15 states.

The Biggest Mega Millions Wins Of All Time

$1.537 million (Oct. 23, 2018) – The largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions paid out more than $1.5 billion. The jackpot went to a single winner in South Carolina and stands as the biggest single-ticket lottery win in history.

$656 million (Mar. 30, 2012) – A trio of winning tickets got a three-way split of the second-biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever. Winning tickets from Illinois, Maryland, and Kansas picked all six Mega Millions numbers correctly.

$648 million (Dec. 17, 2013) – The third-largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time produced a nearly $650 million winner. Two tickets, one from California and one from Georgia, divided the winner’s prize.

Are Online Mega Millions Purchases Safe?

Purchasing a Mega Millions ticket online offers a secure way to play the multi-state lottery, but only if the ticket is purchased through legal means. Several states offer online Mega Millions purchases through their own state lotteries, but these purchases are only legal in states that have legalized online lottery sales.

The Jackpocket mobile app extends online Mega Millions purchases to several other states. Jackpocket functions as a legal digital courier service for lottery tickets and provides another legal way to play Mega Millions online.

Outside of state-regulated online lottery and Jackpocket, any other online service offering Mega Millions purchases is doing so illegally.

Using these illegal online lottery outlets is not only against, but it could result in your money going down the drain. The worst-case scenario is that you might successfully pick winning numbers, only to find your ticket isn’t valid because it’s been purchased illegally.

Mega Millions Lottery FAQs

 

Is it legal to purchase Mega Millions tickets online in the US?

Yes, but only in certain states. As of early 2021, Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, and North Dakota all offer legal online purchases of Mega Millions tickets.

The Jackpocket mobile courier app also allows online Mega Millions purchases in Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon, Arkansas, and Washington DC.

How can I find out who won the Mega Millions lottery?

Winners of the Mega Millions lottery aren’t obligated to reveal the win publicly. The Mega Millions website does present a “Winners Gallery,” where some past winners share photos and stories of the win.

The winning numbers for each drawing can be found on the Mega Millions website, or right here on the Bonus.com Mega Millions page.

Who regulates the sale of Mega Millions tickets in the US?

All legal US lotteries fall under the jurisdiction of federal lottery laws. State lotteries all function as extensions of state governments.

Multi-state lotteries like Mega Millions don’t fall under the regulation of any individual state. The Mega Millions Group operates as a consortium of 12 different state lotteries, however, and falls under the regulations of federal lottery laws.

How old do I have to be to purchase Mega Millions tickets in the US?

18 in most states, with a few exceptions. Nebraska sets the minimum age for purchasing a Mega Millions entry at 19. Iowa, Louisiana, and Arizona all mandate a minimum age of 21 to buy a Mega Millions ticket.

Where can I purchase Mega Millions tickets online in the US?

In jurisdictions with state-regulated online lottery, Mega Millions tickets can be purchased by visiting the state lottery website or downloading the state’s mobile lottery app.

In states offering legal Mega Millions purchases through Jackpocket, tickets can be bought through the Jackpocket mobile app.

Jackpocket and state lottery apps are available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. Apple users can find the iOS version of an app in the App Store, while Android users can download the apps from the Google Play store.

What is the biggest Mega Millions win ever?

$1.537 million. On October 23, 2018, a winning ticket from South Carolina was good for the biggest jackpot in Mega Millions history. The jackpot stands as the second-biggest lottery payout in recorded history and the biggest for any single-ticket winner.

About the Author

Geoff Fisk

Geoff Fisk is a San Diego-based freelance writer, specializing in the poker and gambling industries. He’s written for numerous platforms and has traveled the globe as a live poker tournament reporter. Geoff is an avid sports fan, but poker is his passion.