How To Play Mega Millions?

If you have ever been curious about some of the major lotteries that are played in the United States, you have likely heard about Mega Millions. In fact, Mega Millions is one of the most popular lotteries that is played around the world, thanks largely due to the fact that people can play virtually any lottery they wish from their computer when they are buying tickets online. While you have likely heard about it and may have even played a time or two, have you ever stopped to think about many of the things that have gone into making it what it is today?

There is a lot that goes into designing and maintaining a lottery, especially one of this magnitude. If you have played before, you already know how to play. However, you may not be aware of how to play. You may not be as aware of the history or of certain facts of the game. You may want to find out more about game rules, strategy, odds and even find out more information about winning numbers. You certainly want to find out more about trivia associated with Mega Millions. If for no other reason, it is simply interesting trivia.

How to Play Mega Millions

Playing is easy. If you are going to buy the ticket yourself, you go to the venue that sells the tickets and you purchase the number of tickets that you want and you pay for them. If you want to choose the numbers for yourself, go for it. If you are having a problem making a decision about which numbers to choose, you can have a computer choose the numbers for you.

Some people say that you should never utilize a computer to do this but it has been proven time and again that people win just as often with computerized numbers as they do with numbers that they have chosen themselves. In some cases, it seems as though the winnings lean somewhat toward computerized numbers if for no other reason than because more people are probably purchasing those types of tickets. If you are playing in some other fashion, such as buying tickets online, you likely already have an account with a website that specializes in this type of purchase. All that is required of you it is to indicate that you want a certain number of tickets and choose your numbers.

You then pay for the tickets and someone will go and purchase them on your behalf. There is nothing that is complicated in any way about purchasing lottery tickets.


Like many major lotteries that have existed for a fairly significant period of time, Mega Millions has seen its fair share of changes over the years. It was originally known as the Big Game and was developed as such in 1996. It was played in basically the same fashion then as it is today but in 2002 its name was changed to Mega Millions. Of course, more states are part of it today than they were back then because as interest has grown over the years, more and more states have slowly joined in order to be part of the Mega Millions lottery.

In 2010 Mega Millions underwent an expansion and as a result there are currently very few states that are not part of the Mega Millions lottery franchise. The biggest thing to remember when it comes to history about Mega Millions is that there is a historic payout involved with this particular lottery that trumps all other lotteries that have ever been played in the United States. This is something that makes it one of the most desirable lotteries to play for many individuals because they automatically connect the two together. Even if a comparable jackpot is never again reached, people in the general public will forever connect Mega Millions with the highest grossing jackpot that has ever been played.

As a result, they are typically more than willing to buy a large number of tickets for each drawing. Because each drawing is held twice every week, a lot of tickets are typically processed in a week’s time.


The minimum jackpot for Mega Millions is $15,000,000. This is not as big as some other lotteries but it is still a staggering amount. It is far larger than most state lotteries. Of course, this jackpot rolls over if someone does not win and therefore the potential for the jackpot to grow to a far more substantial amount is always there.

People have the option of choosing to take one lump sum payment or having their winnings paid out over 30 installments that are paid out over a period of 30 years. These installments are guaranteed to increase by a minimum of 5% each year in order to account for inflation. It is up to the individual in question which option to choose.

Game Rules

The rules of the game basically mimic those of other lotteries. There are five numbers that must be chosen and one bonus number. In order to win the highest amount, the jackpot, you must be able to match all six numbers. If you match fewer than six you will still win a prize but it will be substantially less than winning the jackpot. If you match anything less than two numbers your ticket is not a winner. In order to win anything that is substantial enough to write home about, you need to match at least four numbers. In addition, you must be at least 18 years of age in order to play a lottery that is based in the United States.

Some lotteries and other countries allow people to play at the age of 16, but U.S. based lotteries require that people be at least 18. Once you reach that age and you can get by that requirement, if you can get access to the Internet or travel to a location that sells a ticket and you can afford to pay for the number of tickets that you want, you can play.


For some people, the game is all about strategy. For others, it really does not matter what the strategy is. Many people choose numbers based on sentimental reasons and therefore, they choose dates that are important to them. Still others could care less about choosing specific numbers and allow the computer to make the choice for them.

For those where strategy is important, they work diligently to try to figure out if there are specific patterns in the game with regard to the winning numbers. They try to actually deduce with some type of reasonable assumption which numbers are more likely to be drawn than others and then purchase their tickets based on those numbers. This is largely subjective and people will argue that there really is no strategy involved.

Whether there is or is not a specific strategy is something that will likely rage on in debate for years to come. Those that believe there is a strategy will likely never be convinced otherwise and those that play simply for the sake of playing largely do not care whether a strategy even exists. In other words, people play for their own reasons and they are highly unlikely to be convinced that the particular reasons that they play for or the way they play should be changed.


Like so many other lotteries, the odds of winning Mega Millions is based entirely on the number of tickets that are sold for each drawing. If fewer tickets are sold, the odds of winning the jackpot are greater. Conversely, when many tickets are sold for a particular drawing, the odds of winning decrease substantially. However, while the odds may sometimes seem insurmountable it is the amount of money that can be won if the jackpot is hit. Therefore, people continue to play. In fact, the larger jackpots that feature decreased odds of winning sell many more tickets than do typical jackpots.

Winning Numbers

People that are able to match all six numbers when the jackpot. However, that does not always mean that one person and one person alone wins the jackpot. If more than one ticket displays the same winning numbers the jackpot is divided up equally among all of the winning tickets. This is a rather rare occurrence but it does happen and it is an important fact to note because if the jackpot is worth $15,000,000 and four people when it, a single individual is going to get far less than $15,000,000.

Far more people win something but fall short of the jackpot. People that are only able to match a couple of numbers do well to win enough money to reinvest in their tickets for the next drawing. However, those that are able to win by matching four or five numbers have an opportunity to win at least a decent amount of money that may go toward some significant bills for the month, to say the least. As is the case with the jackpot, the number of winners as well as the odds of winning, is determined by the number of tickets sold.


Mega Millions has definitely had its fair share of big jackpots. The biggest jackpot in history occurred in 2012 in the amount of $656,000,000. This was not only the largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, but in lottery history as a whole. This is perhaps the most interesting trivia fact about Mega Millions and it is also one of the reasons why it is still such a popular game for people to play.

Those that know about its history automatically identify Mega Millions as being one of the best paying lotteries in the world and therefore have a desire to purchase large numbers of tickets whenever a drawing is held. While there is not necessarily a lot of trivia that is associated with Mega Millions, this one particular fact that is associated with this lottery is enough to intrigue people almost all of the time. It is not so much about the trivia itself as it is about the size of the jackpot and the hopes that a jackpot of similar size can be seen again in the relatively near future.


People play the lottery for a number of reasons. Most of the time it is because they want more money than they have and winning the lottery provides them with an opportunity to get that money that may otherwise be out of reach. Most people can reasonably expect to work three or even four jobs for the rest of their lives and never make as much money as they can make if they manage to hit the jackpot just one time.

That is why so many people have an interest in these lotteries, especially the ones like Mega Millions where the jackpots are huge to begin with. It helps people maintain hope that they too will someday be able to enjoy life without having to worry about things so much. Understanding more information about the history of the given lottery that is being played as well as interesting trivia and facts about the lottery make it more fun. Otherwise it feels something like running with a blindfold on.

However, by gaining a better understanding it is possible to fully educate yourself about the lotteries that you want to play and then focus on those particular games. This can also help you decide how much you want to spend on the lottery to play each time there is a draw.

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