How to Play Mega Millions in 2022 – Step by Step Guide

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Learn How to Play Mega Millions in 2022

Different Payout Methods, Megaballs and Megaplier details

Next Mega Million Event details and More

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What is Mega Millions?

Originated from the year of 1996, Mega Millions is one of the biggest jackpot games held in America where you can win over $5 million or more, if using an optional Megaplier

It’s a multi-jurisdictional lottery game that is offered in 45 different states of the country today and draws winners every Tuesday and Friday evening.

How to Play Mega Millions in 2022?

Mega Millions is rather a simple lottery game to understand and play.

1) Initially, you will have to choose a set of 5 numbers from 70 numbers in your Playslip.
For example: between 1 to 70, you can choose numbers like 10, 21, 32, 40, 56

You also have an option to check QP(Quick Pick) box in your Playslip, which will randomly pick 5 numbers for you.

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2) After the first step, you will need to choose 1 number between 1-25 in your Payslip.
For example: between 1 to 25, you can choose a number 14

This will be your Mega Ball. Mega Ball helps you win bigger price money in the Mega Millions lottery ticket

Just like above, you also have the option to check QP(Quick Pick) box in your Playslip, which will randomly pick a Mega Ball number for you

3) Once the numbers are picked, it’s time to Buy your ticket. Mega million tickets cost $2 per play and are available at your nearest retailers.

You can use the Megaplier option for an extra $1 per line of play. Megaplier as the name states will multiply your total earnings with a megaplier of 2, 3, 4 or even 5 times.

Megaplier is drawn before the Mega millions drawing commences. So out of 15 balls, which have a marking of 2x ( five balls), 3x (six balls), 4x (three balls) and 5x (1 ball), one ball will be drawn

For example: out of the 15 balls, the 3x ball was picked.
Now during the Mega Millions number drawing, let’s say you get 4 of the 5 numbers matched from your Playslip.

This will then multiple the prize money ($500) with a 3x megaplier.
So you would have won 500 x 3 = $1500 from your Mega Millions Playslip

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4) After the ticket is purchased, you have to option to play multiple drawings up to 13 weeks (26 drawings) in advance with Advance Play.

Just check the Advance Play box on the playslip or ask your retailer to do it for you. You will then be playing with the same numbers for all your drawings

With every extra drawing, you will have to pay $1 per drawing.

So let’s say you wanted to play all 26 drawings, you will have to pay the value of one lottery ticket multiplied by $26.

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5) Finally, its time to check your winnings from the Mega Millions

As stated above, Mega millions draw lottery numbers every Tuesday and Friday at 11 pm Eastern Standard Time

You can have your winning numbers sent to your smartphone or email address. Or you can always check the same from your retailers, your local newspapers or the television stations

What is the payout of Mega Millions?

Payout could vary and will depend on the Mega Millions official during the time of the event. So there are a total of 9 ways you can win in the Mega Millions lottery. As per the latest data, here are the payouts for Mega Millions:

MatchPrizex2x3x4x5
5 + MBJackpotNANANANA
5 of 5$1,000,000$2,000,000$3,000,000$4,000,000$5,000,000
4 + MB$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000$50,000
4 of 5$500$1,000$1,500$2,000$2,500
3 + MB$200$400$600$800$1,000
3 of 5$10$20$30$40$50
2 + MB$10$20$30$40$50
1 + MB$4$8$12$16$20
MB$2$4$6$8$10
* 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
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What are the Odds of Winning Mega Million?

Odds of winning the prizes are given below (MB: Mega Ball):

MatchPrizeOdds of Winning
5 + MBJackpot1 in 302,575,350
5 of 5$1,000,0001 in 12,607,306
4 + MB$10,0001 in 931,001
4 of 5$5001 in 38,792
3 + MB$2001 in 14,547
3 of 5$101 in 606
2 + MB$101 in 693
1 + MB$41 in 89
MB$21 in 37
Overall chances of winning any prize: 1 in 24

What To Do After you Win the Jackpot?

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If you have won the jackpot, Congratulations. As per the policies of Mega millions, you can opt for two different ways of payouts:

1) Annuity Option

This option gives the winner to get one immediate payout by Mega Millions, followed by 29 annual payments. With every payment, you will get 5% more than the previous payout.

This will help you to maintain your lifestyle as well as purchasing power during times of inflation.

For example, you won a $100 million jackpot. As per Mega Millions, you will get an initial payment of $1.5 million. and with every annual payment, this will grow to $6.2 million

But if you don’t want to wait 29 long years to get all your payments, you can opt for the second option.

2) Cash Option

This basically gives the winner to take a one-time, lump-sum payment which will be equal to the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. This is usually less than the total estimated jackpot

How much is the Mega Millions Jackpot worth?

The Mega Millions Jackpot is calculated and declared by the officials before the commencement of the event.

Currently, the Mega Millions estimated Jackpot stands at $277 Million with a cash option of $149 Million. The Next Drawing will happen on Tuesday, 20 Sept 2022 at 11 pm ET

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Conclusion

Mega Millions allow age groups 18 and above to participate and try their luck and win the million-dollar lottery ticket at a starting price of $2.

Of course, the higher you bid and the longer days you draw, the chances of winning will increase as well. Though no one guarantees to win every time, Mega Millions has become one of the most popular lottery games in America

The above article gives you a detailed guide on how to play Mega Millions and the payouts you can expect from the game

For any further queries, feel free to leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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