# How much do you get if you have 1, 2 or 3 Mega Millions numbers?

## You can play the Mega Millions lottery by purchasing an entry for a mere $2, and even if you don’t match all six winning numbers, there are smaller prizes.

**The Mega Millions jackpot is currently at $525 million**. The next draw is on** Friday.**

**The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350 to 1,** so the deck is definitely stacked against you. But, if you choose to play, **what will you get for the more modest Mega Millions prizes?**

### How to play Mega Millions

When you play Mega Millions you need to **choose six numbers from two separate pools for the** drawing. Players choose **five numbers between 1 and 70** for the white balls and **one number for a gold ball from 1 to 25.**

**There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions,** ranging from recovering your initial $2 buy-in to the jackpot. Players can increase their prize amounts by spending **an extra $1 for the Megaplier option to win two, three, four or even five times as much.** However the Megaplier only applies to non-jackpot prizes.

### What are the nine prizes for the Mega Millions?

All Mega Millions states set **the 2nd through 9th prizes at pre-determined amounts, except California,** where all prize payouts are based on sales and the number of winners. Starting from the smallest, and thus the highest odds of winning.

#### The Mega Ball - $2

If your gold Mega Ball matches the one that is drawn** you will breakeven, **getting your $2 ticket purchase back.** The odds of your ticket matching only the gold Mega Ball is 1 in 37.**

#### One number plus the Mega Ball - $4

If you choose one correct number plus the Mega Ball you’ll bring home $4. **The odds more than double to a 1 in 89 chance.**

#### Two numbers plus the Mega Ball - $10

If your ticket matches two numbers and the Mega Ball you’ll get $10** but the odds to get there begin to skyrocket to 1 in 693.**

#### Three numbers - $10 again

**The odds of getting three correct numbers are a bit better at 606 to 1,** but you still take home $10.

#### Three numbers plus the Mega Ball - $200

If you purchase a ticket that matches three numbers and the Mega Ball you’ll finally get back enough money to treat yourself or someone else to something special. **The odds to get that $200 in your pocket jump to 1 in 14,547.**

#### Four numbers - $500

The odds of buying a ticket containing four numbers without the Mega Ball** more than double again to 38,792 to 1 chance, but so too does the prize at $500.**

#### Four numbers plus the Mega Ball - $10,000

Now the prize really climbs as do the odds for hitting four numbers plus the Mega Ball. **If you can overcome the roughly 931,001 to 1 odds you’ll be able to take that holiday you’ve been putting off with the $10,000 prize.** You’re twice as lucky, or better said unlucky, to be hit by lightning at this point (500,000 to 1).

#### Five numbers - $1 million

To get the $1 million prize you’ll need to match the numbers on the five white balls drawn without the Mega Ball and **beat the 12,607,306 to 1 odds.**

#### Mega Millions jackpot – The whole thing

Everyone who plays the lottery, and many who don’t, think about “the what would I do with all that money?”. The vast majority who do play will keep dreaming with **the odds stacked seriously against them with just 302,575,350 to 1 shot** of buying a ticket that matches all five numbers and the Mega Ball.

### What happens if you win the jackpot?

Just about anything that could happen is more likely than winning the jackpot. However if you were to be so lucky,** you would get two choices, either receive the prize as an annuity, a series of payments over the years, or as a lump-sum payment.**

#### Annuity option:

The Mega Millions annuity is paid out as **one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments.** Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous one to keep up with inflation.

For a typical **jackpot of $100 million, the initial payment would be about $1.5 million,** and future annual payments would **grow to about $6.2 million.**

When the jackpot is **$200 million, each payment is twice as big.** When the jackpot is **$50 million, each payment is half as big,** etc.

#### Cash option:

Although less than the prize announced for the overall pot, **the one-time, lump-sum payment is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.**