US Mega Millions Guide for Australians | theLotter Australia

Comprehensive US Mega Millions Guide for Australians

When it comes to huge jackpots, very few lotteries can compete with US Mega Millions. From its historic US$656 million jackpot in 2012, to its all-time high top prize of US$1.537 billion in 2018, Mega Millions has brought constant excitement to the scene due to its fierce competition with rival American lottery US Powerball. If you want to know what makes Mega Millions tick, continue reading this one-stop guide to this blockbuster draw game.

What are the Mega Millions rules?

  • Playing the US Mega Millions lottery involves choosing five main numbers from a guess range of 1 to 70 along with one additional Mega Ball number from a guess range of 1 to 25. During Mega Millions drawings, the Mega Millions Megaplier is also drawn.

  • You have to match all six numbers to win the jackpot, but even just matching the Mega Ball is enough to win the 9th-tier prize. To learn more about the prize tiers, you can read more about Mega Millions odds.

  • Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. EST in Atlanta, Georgia. After the draws, you can easily check the Mega Millions results.

  • Mega Millions participation and prizes isn't restricted to Americans. As the official website states, "You do not need to be a resident to win."

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What are the Mega Millions rollover rules?

Currently, the minimum starting jackpot is US$20 million with no jackpot cap and a minimum US$2 million rollover for each drawing until the jackpot is won, although in the past the starting jackpot has been as high as US$40 million. Jackpots for Mega Millions are estimated by the lottery every Tuesday and Friday morning based on predicted ticket sales. That means that the actual jackpot can be lower, as happened in 2018 when Mega Millions predicted they would beat US Powerball's US$1.586 billion jackpot but ended up falling just short with US$1.537 billion.

A direct comparison: Mega Millions vs US Powerball

Mega Millions offers 9 fantastic prize categories and you can win up to $5 million in the 2nd category playing Mega Millions with Megaplier. Take a look at the different prize divisions and your chances of winning huge Mega Millions prizes!

US Powerball vs Mega Millions

Est. US$20 million

Starting Jackpot

Est. US$20 million

5/69 + 1/25 Power Ball

Game Format

5/70 + 1/25 Mega Ball

Mon, Wed, & Sat

Draw Days

Tue & Fri

US$1.586 billion world record

Record Jackpot

US$1.537 billion

Power Play multiplies secondary prizes up to 5 times but doubles the 2nd prize*


Megaplier multiplies secondary prizes up to 5 times including the 2nd prize

9 categories

Prize Categories

9 categories


Winning Odds


*US$20 million is the estimated starting jackpot for Powerball and Mega Millions. Prize amounts listed above do not account for any relevant taxes; actual winnings will be smaller.

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