How to Play Mega Millions Lottery In order to participate in Mega Millions lottery, you must be 18 years of age or older. Tickets are sold in participating states and territories and you can play online, by telephone, or at an authorized retailer for $2 per entry – whether selecting your own numbers or using Quick Pick. Prize amounts depend on ticket sales with jackpot amounts increasing until someone claims them!
Mega Millions jackpot odds are 1 in 244.0; however, there are other prizes up for grabs as well. In general, higher prize levels offer lower chances of success and vice versa.
While no lottery game guarantees success, certain strategies can help improve your odds. For instance, some number patterns have shown up more often in past winning combinations; buying additional tickets might also increase them but may prove expensive in the long run.
To maximize your Mega Millions ticket, choose a combination with an optimal mix of high and low numbers. Avoid choosing consecutive strings of numbers as these tend to be unbalanced; similarly, avoid picking an already winning set as such outcomes are rare – double winning sets even less so!
Mega Millions drawing is held each Tuesday and Friday evening at 11:00 pm ET, and winners are posted shortly afterwards. When purchasing a Mega Millions ticket, players must choose whether to receive their prize as cash or annuity; New Jersey and Texas allow players to change this choice after winning drawing; all other states require this decision be made prior to winning drawing. If you win the jackpot prize of $4 billion or less within 60 days. You can view winning numbers for any drawing on our Winning Numbers page.