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Mega Millions – Your questions answeredYou might never have heard of the Mega Millions lotto? If you haven't heard of the Mega Millions lottery then this guide will help you understand the game and how it works. The Mega Millions game is played in 42 US states, however you can play the game online internationally. The Mega Millions jackpot starts at a guaranteed 12 million dollars and could rise to stratospheric levels, the biggest ever amount is 656 million dollars. The average jackpot is 22.3 million.How was Mega Millions launched? The Mega Millions lotto was formed after a $363 million record jackpot attracted the interest of several states (such as New York, Virginia and Michigan) who had decided to retain a domestic state-only lotto as opposed to a national game. However, in 2002 the interest grew to such levels that the game had to go national. That same year the “Big Game”, as it was called, became “Mega Millions”. As such Mega Millions draws are broadcast nationwide, every Tuesday and Friday at 11pm (Eastern Standard Time). The Mega Millions lottery has awarded big jackpots to residents from all participatory states.To play the game all you need to do is to choose six numbers from two separate pools of numbers: five numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46.You have from 180 days to one year to claim a prize. All jackpots are subject to income taxes.The payment options are either annual payments over 26 years or a lump-sum one-off payment. If you choose the lump-sum prize, the amount that you will cash will be lower than the advertised jackpot. For example, a $ 656 million jackpot had a cash prize value of $474 million.Now you know how to play, what you could win and how to claim your winnings... what's stopping you then from playing the most successful American lotto game?Purchase your Mega Millions lottery tickets online at Lottery24.com. That way, you will be informed in writing of all your winnings.