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Mega Millions is an American lottery game that was started in 1996 (as "The Big Game") by U.S. states Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia. Today Mega Millions is played in all U.S. States that have lotteries (the exceptions are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah) as well as Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lotteries in the states of Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming also offer an option called "Just The Jackpot", which for $3 gives two chances to win the jackpot (without eligibility to win any smaller prizes no matter how many numbers are matched).
For $2 per play, players select five numbers from a pool of 70 possible numbers and one additional number from a pool of 25 "Mega Ball" numbers for a chance to win a progressive jackpot that starts at $40 million (annuity value over 30 annual payments; cash value about $23 million) and increases by at least five million dollars each time a drawing is held with no grand prize winner. About half of the purchase price of each ticket contributes to the prize pool, so the more tickets that are sold, the faster the jackpot grows.
On the drawing day, drums containing balls marked with lottery numbers are agitated and then five balls are drawn from a container of 70 balls and one Mega Ball is drawn from a container of 25 balls. If your numbers match all five of the white balls, and your Mega Ball matches the drawn Mega Ball, you win the jackpot (currently $222,000,000; cash value about $133,190,000). In the event of multiple jackpot winners, the prize is split among winners. The odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 303 million, while the odds of winning any prize are about 1 in 24.
Players (except in California) also have the option to spend an extra dollar per play on a feature called the "Megaplier" which multiplies any prize won (except the jackpot) by 2, 3, 4, or 5. This may not be a good choice because the value it usually returns, on average, is less than its dollar cost, but for some it adds to the fun of the game and gives strategy options.
Mega Millions drawings are held each Tuesday and Friday at 11pm Eastern time (GMT -5; GMT -4 during Daylight time). The next scheduled Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
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