Mega Millions Prizes and Odds
Unlike Powerball the Mega Millions lottery matrix changed only once - it went from a 5/52 + 1/52 game to a
5/56 + 1/46 game on June 21, 2005. The prize structure changed only slightly. The 5-of-5 prizes grew from $175,000
to the current $250,000; the 4-of-5 + MB prizes doubled from $5,000 to $10,000; the rest of the prizes remained the same.
Moreover, starting Sept. 14, 2010, a Mega Millions ticket with the Megaplier option that qualified for a second-tier prize
by matching the first five winning numbers, but not the Mega Ball number are paid $1 million, regardless of the Megaplier
number drawn. Previously, all match-five Megaplier prizes won $500,000, $750,000 or $1 million, depending on that drawing’s
How much does Mega Millions pay for matching 5 or less numbers? The following is the complete list of Mega Millions prize payouts and the odds of winning.
|Prize Without||Prize With Megaplier|
|Match||Megaplier||x 2||x 3||x 4||Odds|
|5-of-5 + MB||$12,000,000 +||Not Applicable||1 in 175,711,536|
|5-of-5||$250,000||$1,000,000||1 in 3,904,701|
|4-of-5 + MB||$10,000||$20,000||$30,000||$40,000||1 in 689,065|
|4-of-5||$150||$300||$450||$600||1 in 15,313|
|3-of-5 + MB||$150||$300||$450||$600||1 in 13,781|
|3-of-5||$7||$14||$21||$28||1 in 306|
|2-of-5 + MB||$10||$20||$30||$40||1 in 844|
|1-of-5 + MB||$3||$6||$9||$12||1 in 141|
|Only MB||$2||$4||$6||$8||1 in 75|
Note that you do not win anything by matching 1 or 2 numbers without matching the MegaBall
California Mega Millions payouts are all on pari-mutuel basis. Click here for the latest CA Mega Millions Prizes.
Note also that unlike Powerball, Mega Millions draws a multiplier (2, 3, or 4) at each draw, called a Megaplier,
which multiplies all lower prizes (not the jackpot). In Powerball, there is no multiplier, just only a PowerPlay option
that increases all lower prizes by a pre-determined fixed amount. Both Megaplier of Mega Millions and PowerPlay
of Powerball cost an additional $1 per line.
The most frequently drawn Megaplier number is 4 since the multiplier balls are drawn from a lot consisting of
12 balls of 4, 7 balls of 3, and 2 balls of 2.
Claiming Mega Millions Prizes: Usually prizes of less than $600 can be claimed at any retailer. However, every state has
its own rules for claiming lottery prizes. Please see your state's official web site.
Also, how long you have to collect a Mega Millions prize depends on the state where you bought your tickets. The time
period for claiming a prize is, 180 days in most states, but some have 90 days while others couuld have as long as 1 year
from the draw date.