- Rules of the American Mega Millions lottery
- How the lotto draw runs
- How to play Mega Millions anywhere in the world
- Getting a lottery win
- Tax on winning
- Lotto winners
- History and general information
American Mega Millions is a lottery held 2 times a week in almost all states of America since 2002. It is not played by residents of Utah, Alabama, Nevada, Alaska, Mississippi and Hawaii.
The minimum guaranteed jackpot is $ 15 million. In case of winning, the amount is paid in the form of annual payments, and the winner receives an additional 5%. Each player also has the right to get the prize in cash.
To participate in the draw you need to buy a Mega Millions ticket, anyone can do it. There are no restrictions under the laws of the United States of America. After the acquisition, you need to choose a combination of numbers that you think is winning. There are 2 blocks: in the first one there are 70 digits – you should select 5 numbers from it, in the second block there’re 25 digits and 1 number is available for choice. If you buy a ticket online, you can use the “Autofill” option, then the computer randomly generates a numerical combination. Ticket price is minimum 3.5 dollars.
The Mega Millions Lottery draw is held weekly, twice a week: on Tuesdays and Fridays. The draw is played at 23:00 Eastern Standard Time in New York. Winning combinations are generated by special devices – lototrons installed in the studio. The first apparatus of the Criterion II model mixes 70 balls and randomly selects 5 of them. The second one chooses from 25 balls a mega ball colored gold. The results of Mega Millions are broadcast online. If you do not have time to watch the broadcast, you can find them on the official lotto website.
According to the rules established by the organizers, only persons who is a citizen or temporarily residing in America can buy a Mega Millions ticket. Fortunately, we live in the 21st century and today, thanks to computer technology, anyone can buy a ticket. However, due to the fact that the official site does not allow you to play directly, the only option for residents of the rest of the world is to become a client of a specialized intermediary company. You can do this in a few steps:
- Choose a company and fill out an application to become its client.
- Choose lucky combination and wait for the next draw.
- The intermediary will make a purchase and place the ticket in the created personal account.
- You can see the results of Mega Millions on the official website of the intermediary and on the Internet resource of the lotto itself at megamillion.com.
In case of victory, the intermediary company will contact you using SMS messages, notifications in your personal account or letters to the email address. Funds won are credited to the user account. The received amount can be saved on this deposit and used for new bets. An alternative is to withdraw funds to a bank account and use it at your own discretion.
The United States has the most stringent and tough tax policies in the world. Citizens are prosecuted for tax evasion. In case of victory, do not ignore tax payments. Their size varies depending on the state, where the ticket was purchased. More information about the amount of tax you will be provided by the intermediary company during the notification of receipt of the money won. Also, do not forget about the tax policy of your country. Surely winning a lottery is taxed in your state.
Throughout the history of Mega Millions, a record jackpot was raffled in October 2018. Winner from South Carolina wan USD 1,600,000,000! According to experts, the chances to hit the jackpot were 1 in 303 million. The amount has accumulated since July 24. An incredibly lucky American can take the whole amount in cash (then he will receive about $ 1 billion) or receive annual payments for 30 years. Such a huge gain is significant not only for Mega Millions, but also for all international lottos existing today.
2018 was a special year in the history of the American lottery. A second record of $ 543 million was reached in the summer. He was reached by a group of colleagues from the state of California. Thanks to the joint efforts, they managed to become millionaires and secure a comfortable old age.
And in March, a New Jersey native won $ 533 million. It happened while the previous winner from Florida, who hit $ 452 million jackpot in January, thought about how he should better manage his overwhelming fortune.
It is worth noting that Mega Millions is the current name of the legendary American lottery “Big Game”. Its first draw was drawn in 1996. Then, only 6 states took part in it, and today, on the contrary, 6 states do not participate in it. Today, this gambling fun has expanded its geography. You can buy a ticket almost throughout the United States. The authors of the Big Game are 2 beautiful women: Rebecca Poe and Penelope Kyle. Both of them had previously been directors of other major lottos. Many years of experience, market knowledge, a creative approach to business, a desire to create something special and huge enthusiasm allowed them to implement a project unique for that time.
At the beginning, the draw was held once a week, on Fridays, and the funds won were provided only in the form of annual payments. In 1999, the winners were given the opportunity to collect prizes in cash. Another innovation in 1999 – on the eve of the new millennium, the inhabitants of New Jersey joined the army of fans of the “Big Game”.
In 2002, entertainment was given the current name «Mega Millions». СFrom its inception until 2013, the rules of the game were different from the modern version. The participants had to choose 5 numbers from 56 and 1 from 46. But the studies and analysis showed that the optimal formula would be 5 out of 70 + 1 out of 20. This formula is still in use today.
From the very beginning, the Megaplicator function is provided. It allows you to increase the bet by 5 times. In case of winning, the prize is increased 5 times. But it is important to remember that the option does not apply to the jackpot.
Over its 20 plus years of existence, Mega Millions has proven profitability, honesty and reliability. Today, residents of any country in the world can play Mega Millions with the help of intermediary companies. Numerous positive reviews once again testify to the high demand for treasured tickets and prove, that playing lottery is a real pleasure. And thanks to the online resellers and various information resources, it is possible to timely receive the most relevant data about this entertainment. Many people compare Mega Millions with Powerball. However, these are fundamentally different lotteries (in scale, mechanics, conditions and other parameters) and it is not appropriate to put them on a par.
It is time to try your luck! Buy a ticket today and choose a lucky combination of numbers! Perhaps exactly you will become the next great player and gain a record jackpot. Take the most responsible approach to compiling a digital combination.