Mega Millions is played by choosing two sets of numbers from two different pools. The first is 1 to 70 and the second 1 to 25. You also get the option of a gold mega ball or Megaplier. If you get that as one of the numbers, your prize can dramatically increase.

On its own, with no other numbers, a gold mega ball only gets $2. This covers the cost of the ticket. However, with five matching numbers and the Megaplier you hit the jackpot! If you’re the only winner, you will receive a life-changing sum of money. You pay $1 extra for a Megaplier.

The Prizes

  • match 5 numbers + gold mega ball jackpot
  • match 5 numbers $1,000,000
  • match 4 numbers + gold mega ball $10,000
  • match 4 numbers $500
  • match 3 numbers + gold mega ball $200
  • match 3 numbers $10
  • match 2 numbers + gold mega ball $10
  • match 1 number + gold mega ball $4
  • match 1 number $2

Remember, someone has to win! If you want to increase your odds of winning, consider joining the mega millions syndicate. You select how many shares you wish to purchase and the number of weeks you want to play. Remember, there are two draws each week.

The Jackpot

The jackpot starts at $40 million but increases by a minimum of $5 each time there’s a rollover. If there’s more than one jackpot winner, the prize is shared equally.

Just the Jackpot

Some states allow you to buy a ticket called Just the Jackpot. It costs $3, which gives you two plays. This game isn’t available at other prize levels.


Choose numbers at random by purchasing a quick pick. The numbers are generated in seconds, making it a quick and easy way of playing. Simply ask the retailer for quick pick when you buy your ticket.