The Ohio Lottery Mega Millions

Mega Millions

12/12/2017
  • 8
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 27
  • 9
  • 2

Next Est. Jackpot : $208 Million

Tuesday and Friday

9 Ways To Win

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.
For Mega Millions Odds & Payouts before October 28, 2017, click here.

Match Win Odds 1 in
Jackpot* 302,575,350
$1,000,000 12,607,306
$10,000 931,001
$500 38,792
$200 14,547
$10 606
$10 693
$4 89
$2 37

Approximate overall probability of winning is 1 in 24

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

How To Play

  • Each wager costs $2.
  • Each wager is comprised of two (2) sets of numbers.
  • For each wager, select five numbers from a pool of 1 to 70, and one Mega Ball number from a second pool of numbers, 1 to 25.
  • To select your own numbers, you can use a Mega Millions bet card or ask your Ohio Lottery retailer for Auto Pick feature and have your five draw numbers and the Mega Ball separately, or for both.
  • When a player selects Megaplier and matches all 5 white balls without the Mega Ball, the player automatically wins $1,000,000 times the Megaplier number drawn.
  • Mega Millions players winning the $2 to $1,000,000 prize levels can also multiply their Mega Millions prize by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.
  • There are 5 play areas per bet card.
  • Players may wager 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.
  • Pool closing for Mega Millions and Megaplier on Tuesday 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 on-line games, including Mega Millions/MEGAPLIER, Powerball/Power Play, Lucky For Life, Classic Lotto/KICKER, Pick 3, Pick 4, PICK 5, Rolling Cash 5, and KENO BOOSTER. 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.

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.

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.

Can I use “Play it Again” on the self-service terminals?

Yes. Simply scan the PIA barcode to duplicate all wager information to produce your new wager.

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.

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.

How often are Mega Millions Drawings held?

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00 p.m. eastern time by the Georgia Lottery in Atlanta.

When do pools close on Tuesday and Friday?

Pools close at 10:45 p.m. eastern time in all Mega Millions states except Illinois and Washington due to time zone differences.

What happens if there is more than one jackpot winner in a draw?

The jackpot is divided equally among the number of winning tickets.

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.

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?

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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