Mega Millions Number Generator
What were the biggest wins?
The March 30th, 2012 draw saw the jackpot pushed higher and higher by an unexpectedly large volume of ticket sales, from a first estimate of $476 million for the annuity jackpot to $640 million by the time the draw was made. The finalised figure for the jackpot actually reached $656 million with a cash lump sum option of $474 million, and three winners shared the jackpot.
On July 8th, 2016, a record-breaking one-winner jackpot of $536 million was paid out to a player in Indiana, the lump sum option of which was valued at $378 million.
How long is the prize claim deadline?
Depending on the state, you have from 90 days up to a year to claim any prizes. If you buy a ticket online through a lottery courier service, this gives you plenty of time to arrange delivery of your physical ticket and travel in person to claim a jackpot win.
Do I pay taxes on my prize?
Certain US lottery wins are subject to Federal taxes and state income taxes, although certain states do not deduct income tax from prizes. In a small number of cases some city-level taxes also apply, for example in New York City, where residents must therefore pay Federal, state and city income tax on their winnings.
Should I take the lump sum or the annuity?
Neither is exempt from income tax specifically, but if you take the one-off lump sum jackpot payout, you will pay tax on the full amount in a single financial year, meaning more of your prize will fall into a higher tax band. In comparison, taking the annuity jackpot - a larger payout overall - usually means paying less tax as more of your annual instalments will fall into lower tax bands.
When do ticket sales close?
It varies between states, though normally ticket sales will close 15-30 minutes before the draw takes place, and reopen a few minutes after.
If you are playing online, be sure to check this with the provider you are using, as they can sometimes close a few hours before the draw to ensure fair entry.
Does Mega Millions have a jackpot cap?
No – the jackpot for Mega Millions will roll over until it is won.
Amongst many other things, the Lotto Broker FAQs page explains why the Mega Millions jackpot is uncapped.
Is there a minimum Mega Millions jackpot?
The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million.
How old do I need to be to play Mega Millions?
You must be 18 or older to purchase a Mega Millions ticket, unless you are playing from Arizona, Iowa, or Louisiana, where you’ll have to be 21 or older, or Nebraska, where you’ll have to be 19+.
What’s the cost of a Mega Millions ticket?
A Mega Millions ticket costs $2. Adding the Megaplier option will cost an extra $1.
For answers to lottery questions of a more general nature, head over to the FAQs page.