The Ohio Lottery Mega Millions

Mega Millions

09/02/2014
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Next Est. Jackpot: $33 Million

Tuesday and Friday

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Drawings are held at 11:00pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Pools close at 10:45pm. Mega Millions drawings are broadcast on cable channel WGN or can be viewed on the Official Mega Millions website. Winning numbers will be displayed here after the drawings.

Megaplier Odds & Payouts page.

Match Win Odds
Jackpot* 1 in 258,890,850
$1,000,000 1 in 18,492,204
$5,000 1 in 739,688
$500 1 in 52,835
$50 1 in 10,720
$5 1 in 766
$5 1 in 473
$2 1 in 56
$1 1 in 21

Approximate overall probability of winning is 1 in 14.7

Subject to the published rules of the Ohio Lottery Commission, certain lower tier prize amounts may become pari-mutuel
 

* The jackpot prize will be divided equally among multiple jackpot winning tickets

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Mega Millions How to Play

How To Play

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at approximately 11 p.m. E.S.T.
  • For each wager, select five numbers from a pool of 1 to 75 and one Mega Ball number from a second pool of numbers from 1 to 15.
  • Each wager costs $1.00
  • You can play up to five times on each Mega Millions ticket.
  • To select your own numbers you can use a Mega Millions bet card, available at on-line Ohio Lottery retailers, or ask your Ohio Lottery retailer for AUTO PICK and have all your numbers randomly selected by the computer.
  • Mega Millions wagers are valid for the next regularly scheduled drawing. You have the option to play the same numbers for up to 10 consecutive draws.
  • Check your bet card carefully to make sure you have correctly marked the numbers you want before presenting it to the retailer. Once a ticket has been printed, it cannot be cancelled. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
  • The Play It Again barcode located at the top of your ticket can be used to duplicate your wager without having to use a bet card. Just present the ticket to your retailer and say "Play It Again!"
  • Adding the Megaplier® feature for an extra $1 per $1 wagered allows a winner to multiply or increase the original prize amount.
  • When a player selects Megaplier and matches all 5 white balls without the Megaball, the player automatically wins $1,000,000 times the Megaplier number drawn.
  • Mega Millions players winning the $1 to $5,000 prize levels can also multiply their Mega Millions prize by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.
  • For example, if a player wins $5,000 on Mega Millions and the Megaplier number drawn is 4, the total win is $20,000 ($5,000 x 4) if the bet card also has a checkmark in the Megaplier box.
  • The Megaplier feature does not apply to the jackpot prize.
  • Pool closing for Mega Millions and Megaplier on Tuesdays and Fridays is at 10:45pm.
  • Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday evenings at approximately 11:00pm.

Play it Again

What is “Play it Again”?

The “Play it Again” feature is part of most Ohio Lottery draw games, including Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Rolling Cash 5, Classic Lotto, KENO/KENO Booster and Mega Millions/ MEGAPLIER, Powerball/Power Play. A second barcode, printed on each ticket above the game logo, permits a retailer to scan the ticket with the 2D reader and duplicate the exact wager information for the next scheduled drawing.the prize winner.

Why was the “Play it Again” feature added?

“Play it Again” was added as a convenience for players because it eliminates the need for a new bet card. The feature also allows retailers to reproduce a customer's wager by eliminating the need to manually enter the numbers.

How does it work?

Once the added bar code at the top of a ticket is scanned by the 2D reader the terminal will print out the exact wager showing on that ticket. The terminal will show a confirmation screen before printing the wager so the customer can verify the cost of the new wager.

What does it cost?

There is no additional charge for “Play it Again”. The customer pays only the cost of the duplicated ticket.

How are Mega Millions and MEGAPLIER wagers affected?

A Mega Millions ticket generated by the "Play it Again" barcode will include the same numbers played for each board, the draw duration, and the total wager amount. If a Megaplier was played it will also be included.

What about Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets?

“Play it Again” will duplicate the bet type, while offering players a choice of changing the following items:

  • Midday or evening draws
  • The number of draws
  • The days of the week

 How does “Play it Again” work for the Bundle Play package?

The “Play it Again” feature will work only with the specific game ticket presented to a retailer.  It will function just like it does for most online game tickets.  A second barcode, printed on each ticket above the game logo, permits a retailer to scan the ticket with the 2D reader and duplicate the exact wager information for the next scheduled drawing.

How does “Play It Again” work on Bundle Play tickets?

The “Play it Again” feature will work only with the specific game ticket presented to a retailer. It will function just like it does for most online game tickets. A second barcode, printed on each ticket above the game logo, permits a retailer to scan the ticket with the 2D reader and duplicate the exact wager information for the next scheduled drawing.

If the ticket has the “Play it Again” barcode, can it be read regardless if it’s a winning, non-winning or expired ticket?

Yes. The “Play it Again” barcode located at the top of the ticket will read just like a bet card and duplicate the wager regardless of the status of the ticket.

Question & Answer

Where can I play Mega Millions?

Mega Millions tickets may also be purchased in another 42 U.S. jurisdictions plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mega Millions tickets purchased outside of Ohio are not redeemable in Ohio. The only U.S. jurisdictions that do not offer Mega Millions are Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska, and Florida.

When and where are the drawings held?

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00 p.m. eastern time by the Georgia Lottery in Atlanta. You can buy tickets until 10:45 p.m. eastern time in all Mega Millions states except Illinois and Washington due to time zone differences.

How do I claim my Mega Millions prize?

  • You need the original winning ticket to claim your prize.
  • Mega Millions tickets purchased in Ohio can only be cashed in Ohio.
  • When you win the jackpot, you will be able to select either 30 annual payments or the Cash Option.
  • Up to $599 – Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery Retailer for validation and immediate prize payment.
  • $600 to $5,000 – Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery Retailer for validation and receive a Pay-to-Bearer receipt and a Claim Form for check processing OR present the Pay-to-Bearer receipt and completed claim form to an authorized bank cashing location and receive payment the same day.
  • Over $5,000 – Present your ticket to an Ohio Lottery office for validation and check processing.
  • You must validate and cash your winning ticket within 180 days of the drawing date.

What is the Cash Option for Mega Millions?

The Cash Option Jackpot Prize shall be paid in a single payment upon completion of the Lottery’s internal validation procedures. The Cash Option amount offered will be the Cash Equivalent of the Jackpot Prize as established under the Mega Millions Official Multi-State Game Rules.

If Mega Millions jackpot winners die before they receive their money, what happens to their winnings?

Lottery winnings, including installments that have not yet been paid, become part of the winner's estate, and are divided according to his or her will or trust. For this reason, the Ohio Lottery encourages Lottery winners to contact a financial advisor and competent attorney as soon as possible.

Is it possible to skip a play on Mega Millions and place a wager for the next draw?

Example: If a wager is placed on Thursday, can you skip the Friday Mega Millions drawing and play for Tuesday's jackpot?

This option is not currently available due to software limitations. Players are afforded the opportunity to purchase up to 10 concurrent draws in advance. Research shows that the majority of multi-draw players are satisfied with the current advance draw option.

Do agents receive a bonus for selling winning Mega Millions tickets?

Yes. The Mega Millions selling bonus is 1/10th of 1% of the advertised jackpot. For example, a $40 million dollar jackpot will award a $40,000 selling bonus for a winning ticket sold in Ohio. When there is more than one winning ticket sold in Ohio, the selling bonus will be a minimum of $10,000 per selling agent. There is a $100,000 cap on the selling bonus.

   

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