How To Play Mega Millions®

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Mega Millions is the multi-state game that Texans have come to love. Choose 5 numbers plus a Mega Ball number, and remember, when you buy, Megaply ® for a chance to increase your non-grand/jackpot prize winnings!

  • Mega Millions jackpots start at $40 million!  
  • Second-tier prize amount is $1 Million! If you win the second-tier prize (Match 5+0) and you Megaplied your purchase, you can win up to $5 Million!
  • There are 9 ways to win!
  • You can always ask your Texas Lottery® retailer for a "Quick Pick" and the terminal will pick all your numbers for you!
  • Just the Jackpot is a new wager available to Mega Millions players. Just the Jackpot Play offers 2 chances to win the Mega Millions Grand Prize for $3. Just the Jackpot wagers are eligible for the Mega Millions Grand Prize ONLY! Just the Jackpot wagers are not eligible to win any other prize (non-Grand Prize) in the Mega Millions game.
  • Drawings are broadcast each Tuesday and Friday at 10:12 p.m. CT. Ticket sales are not available during Draw Break, from 9:45 - 10:15 p.m.

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1. Pick 5 Numbers
Select 5 numbers from 1 to 70 in the upper play area of the playboard, or mark the "QP" box and the terminal will select your 5 numbers.

2. Pick Your Mega Ball
Select 1 Mega Ball number from 1 to 25 in the lower yellow play area of the playboard, or mark the "QP" box and the terminal will select your 1 Mega Ball number.

3. When You Buy, Megaply! 
Play the Megaplier® feature for an extra $1.00 per playboard and you could increase your non-grand/jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times! Mark the "YES" box under "MEGAPLIER" to select this feature for all playboards on the playslip. The Megaplier number will be chosen from a field of 15 numbers according to the following frequency: one 5, three 4's, six 3’s, five 2's. Any non-Grand prize you win on a Mega Millions play will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn if you have purchased the Megaplier feature.

4. Multi-Draw Option
For added convenience, you can play your numbers for up to 10 drawings. Mark the appropriate box under "Multi-Draw." This will play your numbers indicated on playboards "A" through "E" for the number of drawings you select. Each playboard costs $2 per drawing.

5. Grand Prize ** Payment Option

You must select at the time of purchase how you want to be paid if you win the Grand prize.

ANNUAL PAYMENTS: Mark the "30 ANNUAL PAYMENTS" box if you want to receive your prize in 30 annual graduated installments. Annual payments for Mega Millions are not equal. Each payment will be greater than the previous year’s payment.

CASH VALUE: Mark the “CASH VALUE OPTION” box for a single payment of the net present value of the Grand Prize. This amount will be less than the advertised jackpot which is based on 30 annual graduated payments. You may not change the payment option at a later date. If you do not select a payment option your playslip will be rejected.

**The Grand Prize is pari-mutuel and will be divided equally by the number of Grand Prize winners. The Mega Millions Grand Prize amount that is advertised is not always a guaranteed amount, it is an estimated amount. A Grand prize winner may receive less than the advertised amount based on actual Mega Millions game sales and interest rates for long-term investments. 

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Just the Jackpot

Use the special Just the Jackpot playslip and select five (5) numbers from 1 to 70 in the upper play area and select the Mega Ball number from 1 to 25 in the yellow play area for boards A & B and /or C & D. Or mark the QP boxes to have the terminal pick your numbers for you. Each Just the Jackpot Play requires two (2) boards (A & B and/or C & D) to be completed.

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MULTI-DRAW OPTION

You can play the same sets of numbers for up to ten (10) draws, Mark the appropriate MULTI-DRAW box.

GRAND-PRIZE PAYMENT OPTIONS

You must select at the time of purchase how you want to be paid if you win the Grand Prize. If no payment selection is made on the playslip, the playslip will be rejected. Mark the "30 ANNUAL PAYMENTS" or "CASH VALUE OPTION" box to make your choice.

OR

Use the Texas Lottery App to create a Just the Jackpot Play for purchase at a Texas Lottery retailer.

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Ask your retailer for a Just the Jackpot Quick Pick and the terminal will pick your numbers for you. 

 

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Did You Win?

Find out if you've won:

  • Watch the drawings broadcast every Tuesday and Friday at 10:12 p.m. CT
  • Watch the live webcasts on the Drawings Page on this website
  • Visit the Check Your Numbers page on this website
  • Check the "Winning Numbers and Jackpots" screen on the Texas Lottery App
  • Check your local newspaper
  • Visit your local Texas Lottery retail location
  • Call 800-375-6886, listen for results options
  • Find winning numbers on all Texas Lottery Self-Service terminals under “GAME INFO”

Claiming Your Prize

Only tickets purchased in Texas from a licensed Texas Lottery retailer can be claimed in Texas.

Sign ticket before claiming. Anyone who possesses an unsigned ticket may be able to claim a prize.

Tickets for prizes up to and including $599 may be presented to any licensed Texas Lottery retailer for validation and payment of prize.

Prizes up to and including $2,500,000 may be claimed at a Texas Lottery Claim Center with a completed Texas Lottery claim form.  Prizes up to and including $2,500,000 may also be claimed by mail by sending the signed ticket and completed Texas Lottery claim form (for prizes of $25 or more) to: Texas Lottery Commission, P.O. Box 16600, Austin, TX 78761-6600. The Texas Lottery Commission is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail. Texas Lottery claim forms are available at lottery retailers, all claim centers, at www.txlottery.org, or by calling 800-375-6886.

Tickets for prizes over $2,500,000 must be claimed in person at the Texas Lottery Commission Headquarters in Austin. All Lotto Texas®, Powerball®, and Mega Millions® jackpot prizes and all prizes that are paid out in annuity payments must be claimed at the Texas Lottery Commission Headquarters in Austin regardless of the prize amount. Please call 800-375-6886 if you believe you are a holder of such a ticket.

Prizes must be claimed no later than 180 days after the draw date. 

Claims subject to applicable laws, rules, procedures and final decisions of the Executive Director. The player shall be bound to all applicable provisions in the Mega Millions Finance and Operations Procedures. The player agrees, as its sole and exclusive remedy, that claims arising out of a Mega Millions ticket can only be pursued against the party lottery of ticket purchase and litigation only maintained within the state where the ticket was purchased and only against the party lottery that issued the ticket.

To find the Texas Lottery Claim Center nearest you, please click here or call us at 800-375-6886 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT, Monday - Friday.

How To Find Out If You're a Winner

The easiest way is right here on our website. The results of the most recent drawings appear on the home page. For results from previous drawings, click here .

You can also check your numbers by watching live or past drawings for your favorite game at our Web Cast page. Drawings are broadcast at the following days and times:

Game Days Time
Powerball® Wednesday/Saturday 10:12 p.m. CT
Mega Millions® Tuesday/Friday 10:12 p.m. CT
Lotto Texas® Wednesday/Saturday 10:12 p.m. CT
Texas Two Step® Monday/Thursday 10:12 p.m. CT
Texas Triple Chance™ Monday - Saturday 10:12 p.m. CT
All or Nothing™ Four Daily, except Sunday 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:12 p.m. CT
Pick 3™ with Sum It Up!® Four Daily, except Sunday 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:12 p.m. CT
Daily 4™ with Sum It Up!® Four Daily, except Sunday 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:12 p.m. CT
Cash Five® Monday - Saturday 10:12 p.m. CT

Winning numbers are also available at www.txlottery.org, Texas Lottery retailers, or in many daily newspapers.

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