How to Play

How To Play Mega Millions

To play Mega Millions, you must select five main numbers between 1 and 70 and one Powerball from 1 to 25. Draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:59pm EST, and the price per line is $2.

Play at an Authorized Retailer

You can buy tickets from authorized retailers in any of the participating jurisdictions. The game is available in 45 states, as well as Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It is easy to take part, and you just have to follow the steps below:

How To Fill Out A Ticket

Follow our step-by-step guide below to find out how to fill out your Mega Millions ticket when playing in-store. You can also use Quick Picks to help you decide on your number if you would prefer.

  • Retailer
  • Visit the retailer of your choice and pick up a playslip.
  • Pick your Mega Millions numbers
  • Select five numbers from 1 to 70, plus one Megarball between 1 and 25. Alternatively, opt for a Quick Pick to have them randomly generated for you.
  • Select whether or not to use Mega Piler
  • Decide whether to add the Mega Piler option.
  • Consecutive draws
  • Choose to enter just the next draw or multiple consecutive draws.
  • Buy Ticket
  • Pay for your ticket and keep it safe until the draw.

You can purchase tickets without being a resident of the state in which you are playing, but you must be the minimum age to play, which varies by state. Go to the Rules page to find out about the age restrictions in different states.

You can buy tickets seven days a week until the cut-off time on the night of the drawings. The cut-off time for ticket sales varies in each jurisdiction but is typically one to two hours before each draw.

You can also enter several games on one ticket, giving you multiple chances of winning. There is a section on your playslip where you can select how many draws you wish to enter. Just mark the relevant box to specify how many consecutive draws you would like to play. The maximum number of draws you can enter in advance varies from state to state.

Each Mega Millions combo costs $2, but the total price of your ticket will depend on how many combos you play, how many consecutive draws you enter and whether you have added the Mega Piler option.

How to Play Powerball with Mega Piler

Mega Piler is an optional add-on that costs an extra $1 per game. For example, if you want to enter just one combo of Mega Millions numbers with Mega Piler, it will cost $3. To add it to your ticket, just select the Mega Piler box on your playslip. It is available in all participating jurisdictions apart from California, while in Idaho it is included automatically.

If you win a prize with Mega Piler, any non-jackpot winnings on your Mega Millions ticket are multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5.

The multiplier is selected at random just before each drawing.

Claiming Prizes

You must claim any Mega Millions prizes in the state in which your ticket was purchased. In general, you can claim a prize of up to $599 from any licensed lottery retailer. Above that value, the rules for claiming a Mega Millionsl prize differ by state but it is likely that you will need to visit a local lottery office or headquarters. Find out more about how to collect your money on the How to Claim Winnings page.

If you played online, prizes are paid directly into your player account. You can then withdraw the funds or use them to enter future draws.

* In California, all prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales and the number of winners. All other Mega Millions states set the 2nd through 9th prizes at pre-determined amounts.

Annuity option: The Mega Millions annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous one. This helps protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power in periods of inflation.

Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

Just the Jackpot

In some states, a special offer called Just the Jackpot is available. Jackpot players will love this exciting new wager type that allows them to play specifically for the jackpot only. At a price of $3, the player will receive two plays for the jackpot only. Just the Jackpot tickets are not eligible for any other prize levels. To see if the lottery in your jurisdiction offers this option, visit that lottery’s website (you can find links on our “Where to Play” page).