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All You Need to Know About US Mega Millions Odds

Considering the size of the jackpots, it's no wonder that Australians are so interested in Mega Millions. Winning one of Mega Millions's billion dollar jackpots is one of the most aspirational dreams out there, but have you stopped to wonder what exactly the odds are of taking home that top prize? What about the odds of winning any Mega Millions prize? The more you know, the smarter you'll play, which is why we've put together this comprehensive US Mega Millions odds guide.

What are the odds of winning Mega Millions?

You may be interested to know that the odds of winning Mega Millions don't change from draw to draw. Lottery odds are based on how many numbers you have to guess and what the guess range is, so these odds stay the same for each draw no matter what the size of the jackpot is or how many people are playing for it.

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What does change depending on the draw is the chances of the jackpot being split or not. That's because the more people that play, the higher the odds that there will be more than one winning ticket, meaning the winnings will be split between players.

Another factor that can affect whether or not a jackpot is split is how popular the winning numbers are.

An interesting case of this happened in 2011 when 41,763 people all played the same numbers in US Mega Millions. Those numbers were 4 8 15 16 23 42. You might actually recognise those numbers; they were the numbers that the fictional character Hurley won the lottery with in the 2004 television show Lost.

Unlike Hurley, those Lost fans only matched four of the numbers so they all got their full prize, which back in 2011 was $150. Still, it's worth noting that had they actually won the jackpot would have been split 41,763 different ways and would have been worth a lot less than the $240 million on offer. In the actual draw, there were only two winning tickets for the jackpot.

What are the chances of winning Mega Millions prizes?

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Now that you know how when you play and what numbers you play affects the odds, it's time to see what the actual chances of winning Mega Millions prizes are.

US Mega Millions has nine tiers of prizes so there's plenty to play for even if you don't win the jackpot.

Prize Category Match Winning Odds

1 Prize

5+1Mega Ball


2 Prize



3 Prize

4+1Mega Ball


4 Prize



5 Prize

3+1Mega Ball


6 Prize



7 Prize

2+1Mega Ball


8 Prize

1+1 Mega Ball


9 Prize

0+1Mega Ball


Another interesting statistic is that the odds of winning any of the Mega Millions prizes in a draw are actually 1 in 24, which is slightly higher than US Powerball's 1 in 24.9.

What are the odds of winning Mega Millions jackpot?

The odds of winning Mega Millions jackpot are 1:302,575,350, making it a slightly tougher jackpot than the US Powerball, which has 1:292,201,338 odds.

The US Mega Millions second prize is worth a very impressive $1 million, and can go up to as high as $5 million with the Megaplier. The odds for that second prize are drastically different from the jackpot, at 1:12,607,306.

Make the most out of US Mega Millions

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theLotter Australia has many options for ordering entries on the site in a way that suits you, like subscriptions. With a subscription, you'll automatically play in every consecutive Mega Millions draw until you choose to stop.

Another option is ordering a multi-draw package, which lets you choose how many draws theLotter Australia will buy entries which correspond to yours for in advance; all while earning discounts.

That's not all, however. theLotter Australia also makes it very simple to order as part of a syndicate.

The last thing you should never forget is that the best US Mega Millions chances are with the non-jackpot prizes. In every drawing, those non-jackpot prizes can be multiplied between two and five times, so don't forget to go for the optional Megaplier if you really want to make the most out of Mega Millions.

Try your US Mega Millions luck!

Now you know what the odds are for US Mega Million and that means you're ready to make your lottery order so that theLotter Australia can buy official entries which correspond to yours on your behalf.

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