MEGA MILLIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Whether you need initiation into the world of lottery or hungry to learn more about the Mega Millions, we at WhoWonTheMegamillions.com offer some straight forward answers to several frequently asked questions.
Who can play Mega Millions?
Any resident of the USA 18 years or older can play Mega Millions.
How is Mega Millions played?
We have dedicated an entire article entitled ‘How To Play Mega Millions’. Briefly, you need to pick 5 numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega Ball number between 1 and 15. If your numbers turn up in the draw you win the jackpot. There are eight other levels of prizes worth up to $1 million.
Where can I purchase Mega Millions tickets?
Mega Millions tickets can be purchased at lottery agents and retailers. You can also buy tickets online from official dealers and a state’s official lottery website.
What is a Megaplier ticket?
Megaplier is an exciting add-on feature offered by all states that sell Mega Millions tickets, excluding California. For an additional $1 you can opt for the Megaplier, which is a number between 2 and 5 randomly drawn before each Mega Millions draw. The number doesn’t appear on the ticket but is used to multiply your winnings. The feature is only applicable to non-jackpot prizes and was introduced by the Texas Lottery authorities. If your ticket matches one of the 8 ways to win, your winnings are multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn. For example, if the Megaplier number drawn is 3 and you have won $100, you total winnings shoots up to $300.
When and where are Mega Millions draws officially held?
There are two Mega Millions draws every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 pm ET. They results are broadcast live from several TV stations.
When can I buy Mega Million tickets?
Mega Millions tickets can be purchased from authorized lottery agents and retailers in every participant state across the USA. They can also be purchased online from the official lottery website of certain states. Tickets are usually available up to an hour before the draw. However, the cutoff time varies between states.
Can I play Mega Millions by mail?
As per federal law the mailing of lottery tickets is prohibited.
Do I need to live be living in a participating Mega Millions state in order to win?
Mega Millions is open to everyone. There is no specific requirement of residency. Many residents from states that do not participate in the Mega Millions have been lucky winners, and that includes the jackpot as well.
Is Mega Millions available for non-US citizens?
Yes, non-US citizens are eligible to play and win any of the prizes offered as well. Any prize claimed by non-US citizens will be subject to the federal and state tax laws applicable to US citizens. This includes federal withholding of 30%. Depending on the country where you are a legal resident, there may be tax treaties between the US and your country.
How can I find out the Mega Millions jackpot?
Everyone waits with bated breath in the hopes of becoming a multimillionaire. The Mega Millions results are broadcast live on specific TV stations, on the official lottery website of participating states and online at sites like www.megamillions.com/winning-numbers. Every lottery retailer will have the results posted next to their lottery terminal.
What is a Quick Pick?
A Quick Pick or Easy Pick is an option where you allow the lottery terminal to generate random numbers for you. You will need to notify your lottery agent if you want the machine to choose your Mega Million tickets.
How do I claim a prize?
Congratulations. You’ve probably reached so far because lady luck has struck. If you are a lucky winner, sign the back of your ticket and hand it over to an authorized lottery retailer for validation. Winning tickets can only be realized in the state they were purchased. Prizes of $600 and above may require the completion of a claim form that must be sent to the state’s lottery commission.
Most states allow prizes to be claimed by mail. Make sure to contact the state’s lottery office where you purchased your winning Mega Millions ticket. Details are also available on all state lottery websites.
Why is the cash option and advertised jackpot different?
The Mega Millions jackpot is valued as a 29-year annuity where you receive one payment immediately, followed by 29 annual payments. If you choose the annuity option, the state lottery will invest your money in U.S. Government Treasury Securities that mature annually over 29 years. These securities earn interest. The annual return is the amount you receive each year for the entire period. If you choose the cash option, the state lottery will deduct the applicable taxes all at once.
Can I switch from annuity to cash option after I buy a Mega Millions ticket?
You may have one last option to choose the cash option. However, rules differ from state to state where some may not permit any change. Make sure to check the terms and conditions of your state’s policy.
What happens when there is more than one winner?
The Mega Millions jackpot is divided equally if there is more than one winner. All the other prizes from $1 to $1 million are fixed and paid in full to each winner.