Ten most common questions asked by Mega Million Lottery players
Mega Millions is one of America’s two big jackpot games, and the only one with Match five prizes up to $5 million with the optional Megaplier. Jackpots start at $40 million and other prizes range from $2 to $1 million, or even more with the optional Megaplier.
Mega Millions tickets cost $2.00 per play and players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 – or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
There are many questions that are asked by Mega Million lotto players and here are the ten most common questions and there answers for you to clear some of your doubts.
Q1. Where is Mega Million Lottery played in USA?
You can play Mega Millions in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands; a total of 46 jurisdictions. With millions of people playing, jackpots can roll to even higher levels at a faster rate. Jackpots start at $40 million. You choose six numbers and there are nine exciting ways to win in the game and each play costs $2.00.
Q2. Where can you get Mega Million lottery results?
You can see the lottery results at Mega Million at the lottery websites. Winning numbers are posted shortly after each drawing. Information on the number of winners is posted on Wednesday and Saturday mornings after Mega Millions lottery security has verified winning ticket sales.
Many individual lotteries offer an email or texting service where you can automatically receive winning numbers after each draw. You can also call a player information telephone number in each Mega Millions state.
Q3. When and where are the drawings held?
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 p.m. Central Time, 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time, 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Check with your state lottery for the cut-off time to purchase tickets.
Q4. What is Megaplier in Mega Millions?
Most states use a Megaplier feature in which players can increase non-jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. In a participating state, you can play the Megaplier for an extra $1. Any non-jackpot prize won on a Mega Millions play will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn if you have purchased the Megaplier feature. For example, if you win the $1 million second-tier prize in Mega Millions, and the Megaplier number drawn is 5, your prize would be a whopping $5 million if you purchased the Megaplier for just $1 extra! To find out if your state participates, visit the lottery web site in the state in which you bought the ticket.
Q5. What is Just the Jackpot in Mega Millions?
Just the Jackpot is an exciting new option, available in some states, that allows players to get two chances at the jackpot for just $3.00. Just the Jackpot tickets are not eligible for any other prize levels.
Q6. How long do you have to collect a Mega Millions prize?
It depends on the state where you bought your tickets. The time period for claiming a prize ranges from 180 days to 1 year from the draw date.
Q7. Can you buy Mega Millions tickets online?
If you are a resident of Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina or North Dakota, you may buy Mega Millions tickets online by registering with the lotteries of those states. You may also purchase subscriptions for Mega Millions online in New Hampshire, New York and Virginia. You must be residents of these states to participate in these purchase options. Details may be found on those lotteries’ websites.
Q8. Is there a Mega Millions mobile app?
Yes. LotteryHUB is the official app of Mega Millions. The app is free and provides videos of the Mega Millions drawings, winning numbers and jackpot information, plus ticket tracking tools. You can download the app from app stores be it iTunes or Google Play according to your device. With the latest version of the LotteryHUB app, now optimized to handle increased traffic during periods of high jackpots, you can:
• Easily check the latest jackpot information.
• Watch the live Mega Millions drawings on the app.
• Catch up on missed lottery drawings and winning results.
• Receive push notifications when the latest results are available.
• Input your numbers from your Powerball and Mega Millions tickets into the application for tracking and easy reference.
Note that you can buy lottery ticket with the app because of varying laws and regulations in Mega Millions member states and so LotteryHUB does not sell tickets.
Q9. Are Mega Million prizes taxable?
Yes all prizes are subject to income taxes. For tax-withholding information, please check with your Mega Millions lottery.
Q10. What are the payout optionsif you win Mega Million lottery?
If you are a Mega Millions jackpot winner, you will have the choice of a Cash Option or an Annual Payout. Annuity option: Provides for an initial annual payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5 percent larger than the previous one. Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. Prize claim parameters vary from state to state. You can contact your Mega Millions state lottery for detailed information.