Florida joined Mega Millions on May 15, ; the first drawing to include Florida-bought tickets was two days later. Presumably due to their experience with the Power Play option for Powerball, all 23 lotteries joining Mega Millions on January 31, immediately offered Megaplier to their players.
The Megaplier continues to be drawn by Texas Lottery computers, as California does not offer the multiplier. Montana, offering Powerball before the expansion date, became the 24th lottery to offer the Megaplier, followed by Nebraska the 25th , Oregon the 26th , Arizona as the 27th and Maine as the 28th lottery to offer the Megaplier option.
After Colorado and South Dakota joined Mega Millions, this raised the number of lotteries offering the Megaplier to On March 13, , New Jersey became the first Mega Millions participant just before the cross-sell expansion to produce a jackpot-winning ticket for Powerball after joining that game.
The price increase for playing Powerball was a major factor in Louisiana deciding to pursue joining Mega Millions, as that state's lottery joined Mega Millions on November 16, In the revised format, players chose 5 of 75 white ball numbers, and the "Gold Ball" number out of Payouts in California remained pari-mutuel. The odds of winning or sharing a Mega Millions jackpot October 19, October 27, The overall odds of winning a prize were 1 in The annuity—which was 20 annual payments no cash option was available when The Big Game began—changed from 26 equal yearly installments to 30 graduated annual payments increasing 5 percent yearly with the format change on October 19, The "Megaplier" option which again is not offered in California was retained, with an adjustment to its multipliers.
The new prize structure allocates roughly 75 percent of the prize pool for the jackpot; this is, in part, to facilitate the new Just the Jackpot option.
The version allocated about 68 percent towards the jackpot. A player choosing this option is not eligible for any of the eight lower-tier prizes; therefore, the Megaplier option is not available for Just the Jackpot wagers.
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These lotteries offered the "Just the Jackpot" option upon the format change: Kentucky has since added "Just the Jackpot", with other lotteries potentially adding it. Not known is whether a second series of playslips would be printed for lotteries offering "Just the Jackpot" beginning after the October 28, format change. Most Just the Jackpot wagers are terminal-generated; however, JtJ wagers in Kansas and Texas allow the player to choose their numbers, while Wisconsin players must ask for a terminal-generated ticket. Two winning tickets, one each from California and Georgia, were sold.
The holder of the California ticket claimed on January 3, The California ticket holder received an equal share, but potentially a larger cash-option amount, as California lottery winnings are exempt from state income tax.
One ticket from Indiana won the jackpot; the winner chose the cash option. The holders of each ticket also chose the cash option. Mega Millions players have the option to activate a multiplier , called Megaplier , in 45 of its 46 jurisdictions; it is functionally similar to Powerball's Power Play ; except the latter cannot multiply second prize by 5. Neither Megaplier nor Power Play are offered in California because its state penal code distinguishes between a "lottery" in which the bank cannot be "broken", and a "banked game" whose bank theoretically could be broken ; only a "lottery" was authorized by the state Lottery Act.
The Megaplier is drawn by the Texas Lottery before the cross-sell expansion on January 31, , it was the only lottery to offer Megaplier , which is drawn by a random number generator RNG. The odds for each Megaplier possibility are not uniform. Former Mega Millions odds October 19, — October 27, The probability and odds can be taken into a mathematical perspective: The probability of winning the jackpot through October 27, was 1: Similarly, the odds for second prize are 1: The overall probability of winning any prize was 1 in If there are no jackpot winners for a specific drawing, the jackpot will keep increasing, however, the odds will still remain the same.
In California, prize levels are paid on a parimutuel basis, rather than the fixed lower-tier amounts for winners in other Mega Millions jurisdictions.
California's eight lower-tier Mega Millions prize pools are separate from those shared by the other 45 lotteries. In Georgia, New Jersey , and Texas , players must choose, in advance, whether they wish to collect a jackpot prize in cash or annuity. Georgia and New Jersey winners can change an annuity ticket to cash should they be eligible for a jackpot share; however, the choice is binding in Texas.
If a jackpot prize is not claimed within the respective jurisdiction's time limit, each of the 46 Mega Millions members get back the money they contributed to that jackpot. Each of the 46 lotteries have rules in regards to unclaimed prizes; most Mega Millions members set aside unclaimed winnings for educational purposes.
Mega Millions winners have either days California non-jackpot prizes only or one year to claim prizes, including the jackpot although some Mega Millions winners lose the right to collect a jackpot in cash if they wait more than 60 days after the drawing. The minimum age to purchase a Mega Millions ticket is 18, except in Arizona , Iowa and Louisiana , where the minimum is 21, and in Nebraska ; its minimum is Can't decide what Mega Millions numbers to play next? Sometimes, it happens to the best of us.
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