One reason for the popularity of MegaMillions is the very high Jackpot, and a reason event has clearly shown how much you can win. Just a while ago a very lucky person from Illinois has won the Jackpot of 393 million dollars, which is about 330 million euros!
Draw on Tuesday and Friday Mega Millions
Tuesday and Friday are exciting, because on those days the MegaMillions draw takes place. Don’t forget to sit in front of your television at 11 p.m. You see a set of balls numbered from 1 to 75. Five balls and the MegaBall, which has a range from 1 to 15, are drawn. Obviously the chance of winning the Jackpot is not very high, namely 1:259.000.000. You could win some other nice prizes though, ranging from 1000, 5000 to 10.000 dollars or more.
A new millionaire from Illinois
The new millionaire from Illinois will never forget Friday August 11, when the won the fifth largest Mega Millions Jackpot ever. On the luckiest day of his life all his five numbers matched and he had the correct Mega Ball. This is not everything though. Just a month before the big win politicians of the state of Illinois had a fierce battle about the budget, which led to the suspension of the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games. It was not possible to purchase a lottery ticket for an entire week. Luckily this difficult situation ended quite soon, and tickets were sold again. In total there were 2,016,209 tickets sold, which clearly shows the popularity of Mega Millions.
Mega millions in 44 states and online to play
The MegaMillions lottery is played in 44 states. This is why besides the Jackpot, people from other states also have won prize money like 1 million dollars. They had tickets with five matching numbers, but not the Mega Ball. One of them was extra lucky because her or she used the so-called ‘Megaplier’, which increases the winnings. A lot of prizes were won in Michigan. For example, one lucky player had four numbers and the Mega Ball, and won 5000 dollars. No one won the Jackpot of 356 million dollars on August 12 though. Better luck next time! Perhaps you like to try your luck as well! Participating doesn’t make you poor, because a ticket costs only 1 dollar. Visit the website of the Michigan Lottery for more information about the next lottery draws, the tickets, other lottery games and the amount of Jackpot money you could win.
As of July 2008, there were 12 members of Mega Millions lottery. As of 2007, Mega Millions features jackpots of at least $12 million, payable in 26 annual payments. As will be explained later, there are differences in playing Mega Millions in several jurisdictions. Mega Millions is drawn Tuesdays and Fridays.
As of 2008, to play the game, a player picks five numbers from 1 to 56 (white balls) and one additional number from 1 to 46 (the Mega Ball number, a gold-colored ball). The Mega Ball number can be a duplicate of one of the white ball numbers, since the balls are drawn from separate machines.
Drawings are usually held at WSB-TV in Atlanta at 11:00 PM Eastern time on Tuesdays and Fridays. Usually, the announcer is WSB’s chief weather forecaster, Glenn Burns. However, drawings may sometimes be held elsewhere.
The Mega Millions lottery game, which proudly holds the record for the largest jackpot in North American history, a colossal $656 million which was won in March 2012. Since the first draw held in 1996, the game has experienced a perpetual growth curve year after year, and is now the most widely-played lottery game in the United States; being enjoyed in 45 jurisdictions across the country. Besides the huge jackpot prizes, second tier prize winners can also look forward to a $1,000,000 tier prize – and, should they have the game’s famous Megaplier activated on their lottery ticket lines, that $1,000,000 has the potential to be multiplied to the value of 5x – meaning a $5,000,000 without even needing to correctly match all the numbers! The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,711,536.
HOW TO PLAY:
The Mega Millions game matrix has undergone a few revisions, which has seen the odds of securing a tier prize being dramatically improved. Players are now required to select five numbers out of a possible 75 balls from the standard white ball set, whilst a single gold Mega Ball needs to be selected from a possible 15. Should a player successfully match this 5 + 1 combination, then they will win the jackpot prize.