15 fantastic facts about Mega Millions
Don’t just play it, find out all about it! Did you know Mega Millions offers huge lottery jackpots in the…you guessed it…millions?
1.As with all lottery games that have been around for a while, Mega Millions began its journey with a different name: it was first called “The Big Game” in 1996. In 2002 it was rebranded as Mega Millions.
2.It’s played in America in 44 states.
3.The state of Florida joined Mega Millions recently, on 15th May 2013.
4.Mega Millions can be played by non-USA residents too. It’s open to UK and international players via online lotto sites.
5.Jackpots start at $12 million and can climb to over $600 million.
6.Mega Millions players must choose five numbers between 1 and 56 and one Mega Ball number between 1 and 46. To win the lottery jackpot you need to match all six numbers.
7.Prizes, excluding the jackpot, are fixed amounts regardless of the size of the jackpot.
8.Second-tier prizes worth $250,000 are awarded for matching the first five numbers excluding the Mega Ball.
9.With Mega Millions there are nine ways to win a lottery prize, including the lottery jackpot.
10.Select your favourite lucky numbers, or opt for Quick Pick to automatically generate random numbers for you.
11.Mega Millions lottery jackpot winners can receive their payout as a one-off cash lump sum or in 26 payments over 25 years if they select the Jackpot Annuity option.
12.There are two Mega Millions draws every week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.
13.The draws take place at WSB-TV studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
14.The largest Mega Millions lottery jackpot won to date is $656 million in March 2012. Three ticket-holders shared the huge bounty and walked away with $218.6m each. They were Merle and Patricia Butler of Illinois, The Three Amigos from Maryland and an anonymous player from Kansas
15.The first Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner of 2013 was Angel Guallpa-Mayancela from Orange in New Jersey. He won $89 million in Friday 25th January’s draw.
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