THE MEGA MILLIONS LOTTERY (MEGAMILLIONS)
History Of The Mega Millions Lottery:
|Like the other big American lottery, the Powerball, the Mega Millions started life under a different name. Originally the lottery was known as The Big Game when it launched in 1996 with tickets going on sale in a handful of US States, including Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. In the early days of The Big Game draws were only held once a week on Fridays.
The Big Game expanded to include many more States and an extra draw day, Tuesday. On May 17th, 2002, the lottery was renamed as Mega Millions.
How To Play The Mega Millions Lottery:
Like many other lotteries, the Mega Millions lottery makes use of two separate ball sets. In the original format of the game, lottery players pick 5 numbers from 1 to 56 (these are known as the ‘white balls) and a further 1 number from 1 to 46 (the gold coloured ‘Mega’ ball).
This format was changed on 22nd October 2013 and the ball set was revised to comprise 5 numbers from 1 to 75 and 1 number from 1 to 15.
Owing to the fact that the Mega ball is drawn from a separate ball set it is possible that it can be a duplicate of one of the drawn white balls.
To win the jackpot players need to match all 6 drawn lottery numbers.
Mega Millions Rollovers And Historic Jackpots:
Mega Millions holds the record for the largest lottery jackpot in the world, a massive $656 million USD, set in March 2012. Mega Millions is no new arrival to giant jackpots though, with a rich tradition of paying out large sums of money to winners.
- $656 million USD won on March 30, 2012 – the largest jackpot in the world, ever! The historic jackpot was shared by three winning ticket holders
- $390 million USD won on March 6, 2007 – the prize was split between two ticket winners, one from New Jersey and the other from Georgia
- $380 million USD won on January 4, 2011 – the prize was again split between two winning tickets, one from Idaho and the other from Washington
As with the USA Powerball, Mega Millions offers both a cash or an annuity prize option. The annuity provides annual payments over a 30-year period. Payment of winnings for both USA lotteries is subject to federal and applicable state taxes deducted from them.
When To Play The Mega Millions lottery:
Mega Millions draws take place twice a week on Tuesday and Friday. Drawings are held at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. Draw videos can be watched here.
Mega Millions Prize Structure:
The Mega Millions lotto has a total of 9 prize tiers starting at simply matching the Mega ball all the way up to matching the 5 white balls and Mega ball.
(pool of 75)
(pool of 15)
The cut-off time for purchasing tickets on PlayHugeLottos.com is 22:00 or 23:00 PM GMT on the day of the draw (depending on UK daylight savings time).
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