Play Mega Millions from around the world to give yourself a chance of winning one of the game’s gigantic jackpots. The top prize is always worth at least R500 million and you can even win R13.5 million without matching all the numbers. While the game is staged in the United States, you can also bet on it from other countries.
When you play Mega Millions you don’t purchase a ticket for the draw but instead place a wager on the results. The odds and prizes are just the same as if you purchased a ticket and it means you don’t have to be in the United States to participate. Follow the steps below to play Mega Millions:
There are nine prize tiers in Mega Millions and you win if the numbers you bet on are the same as the winning numbers drawn. You only have to match the Mega Ball to receive a prize, with the value of prizes increasing as you match more numbers.
To win the jackpot, you must match all five main numbers and the Mega Ball. The jackpot rolls over from its starting value if it is not won and keeps growing until there is a winner. The table below shows all the different prize tiers:
|Match||Prize (US$)||Prize (R)*||Odds|
|5 + Mega Ball||Jackpot||Minimum R500 Million||1 in 302,575,350|
|5||$1 million||R13.5 Million||1 in 12,607,306|
|4 + Mega Ball||$10,000||137,000||1 in 931,001|
|4||$500||R6,873||1 in 38,792|
|3 + Mega Ball||$200||R2,750||1 in 14,547|
|2 + Mega Ball||$10||R135||1 in 693|
|3||$10||R135||1 in 606|
|1 + Mega Ball||$4||R55||1 in 89|
|Mega Ball||$2||R27.50||1 in 36|
* These are estimations based off the current exchange rate of US Dollar to Rand so are open to varying slightly depending on changes in the exchange rate.
Mega Millions made history on 23rd October 2018 when a single player won the jackpot of $1.537 billion (R21.1 Billion). The jackpot had rolled over for 25 consecutive draws before it was won by one player from South Carolina who has remained anonymous since. The jackpot amount was the second biggest ever offered in the world, but because it was won by a single player it made it the highest lottery win by one player in history. Instead of taking the annuity, the winner took the cash lump sum option which worked out at an astonishing $877.7 million (R12 Billion).
Some of the most frequently asked questions about Mega Millions are answered here to help you find out even more about the game.
What is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won?
The record for the highest Mega Millions jackpot of all time was set on October 23rd, 2018, when one player from South Carolina won $1.53 billion, the equivalent of R21.1 Billion.
What happens if you win a prize?
If you win a prize, you will be notified automatically by email. The money will be credited straight to your account for prize tiers four to nine. If you win in the top three tiers, you will be contacted and informed about how to proceed with the claims process.
How will the top prize be paid?
If you win the jackpot, it will be paid as a lump sum or in instalments over 30 years, at LotteryWorld.com’s discretion. The amount will be reduced by 39.6% from the advertised amount to replicate the tax that is withheld on jackpot prizes for winners in the U.S. Please see the FAQs page for more information.
When do Mega Millions draws take place?
Draws take place at 11:00PM EST in the United States on Tuesday and Friday, equal to 5:00am on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in South Africa.
Does 2 numbers win on Mega Millions?
No- If you haven’t matched the Mega Ball then you need to match at least 3 numbers to win a prize. If you have matched the Mega Ball then that in its own right will win you a prize, with matching any main numbers on top of this increasing your payout amount.
What are the Cash Lump sum and annuity options?
The advertised jackpot amounts for Mega Millions are paid over 30 years as an annuity. The winner would receive a first payment and then a single, increasing payment every year over 30 years until the full prize has been paid out. The Cash lump sum option is just taking all the money that is in the prize pool as a one-time payment right there and then.
The annuity option is a higher amount as it is calculated by taking what would be the cash lump sum amount and then what interest and investment returns the amount would generate over a 30-year period. Most jackpot winners choose to take the cash lump sum, but both options have their pros and cons.