What is Mega Million lottery?
Mega Million is a lottery game, offered in most of the states of America. Formerly known as “The Big Game” when it was started, Mega Million was also temporarily known as “The Big Game Mega Million”. Along with 44 states taking part out of 50 states in USA, it is also offered in the District of Colombia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lottery is drawn on Tuesday and Friday every week at 11o’clock in the evening and is supervised by the “Georgia Lottery”. Mega Million Jackpot keep on rolling over, increases when there is no top-prize winner, currently standing at a staggering $493 million.
Each game play of it costs $2 per play. Three is an option called “Megaplier” which cost’s an extra $1 allowing the player to multiply the non-jackpot prize by 2, 3, 4 or 5. Thus allowing the player to increase the winning amount. Megaplier is available in all the jurisdiction except California. Megaplier is drawn just before each Mega Million Drawing. It is drawn from a pool of 15 balls out of which 5 balls are marked with 2X, six of them are marked with 3X, three of them with 4X and the remaining two balls with 5X.
How to play Mega Million USA lottery?
As mentioned above each play or we can say the lottery ticket would normally cost $2. Just register through our website and you are ready to play without any hassle of going to the lottery store or waiting in a queue.
The players will have option to choose 6 unique numbers of their choice. Out of which 5 are to be chosen from the range of 1 to 70 and one of them has to be selected from the range of 1 to 25. Or players can just select the option of Easy Pick or Quick Pick. (This will automatically choose random numbers for the play.) If the player has managed to match all the six winning number drawn, he/she would win the Jackpot. Players can play up to 8 draws in advance and can select up to 5 lines of numbers on one play slip. You can also choose to play for draws occurring on Tuesday only or Friday only or for both. On our website players can select the direct debit option to play continuously for many weeks.
Options to claim your winnings
As per the new regulations the players will have choice to be paid in either cash or annuity option with effect from 28th October 2017.
- Annuity Option: The jackpot winner would be paid only in 30 instalments graduated yearly which increases 5% every year.
- Cash option: A one off payment which is equal to the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.
In some states like Texas, New Jersey and Georgia players would need to choose this option in advance unlike other Mega million member states where cash/annuity choice can be made after winning. Also while Texas has binding to the choice made, New Jersey and Georgia allow winners to switch the choice should they be eligible for the jackpot Share.
Although winners must claim their winnings including the jackpot within 180 days of the draw, some jackpot winners can lose their right to collect winning in cash if they wait more than 60 days after drawing.
Although there are not adverse effects of playing Mega Million or any other Lottery game, there would be certain players who easily gets addiction of any sort of gambling which could be very harmful. Gambling addiction can also be treated like any other addiction. All the member states and regions of Mega Million entourage to play responsibly via working with groups like Gamblers Anonymous in order to combat gambling addiction.