Mega Millions® Game Rules
These rules establish the requirements for playing Mega Millions®, a lotto game operated through a Cross-Selling Agreement for the selling of the Mega Millions® Game by the Multi-State Lottery Association (hereinafter referred to as “MUSL”), of which the Wyoming Lottery Corporation is a member.
The following definitions apply unless the context requires a different meaning:
- “Annuity” or “Annual Payout Option” means that the manner in which the Jackpot Prize shall be paid is thirty (30) consecutive graduated annual installments.
- “Drawing” means the formal process of selecting winning numbers which determine the number of winners for each prize level of the game.
- “Draw game terminal” or “Terminal” is the terminal by which retailers and the Wyoming Lottery can sell and validate lottery products. The terminal also can produce retailer reports and perform diagnostics.
- “Election” means the irrevocable decision that a Claimant makes within sixty (60) days of becoming entitled to the Jackpot Prize to receive his/her prize under either the Annual Payout Option or Cash Option method of payment.
- “Finance & Audit Committee” means the committee established by the Multi-State Lottery Association Agreement.
- “Game board” or “Boards” means that area of the play slip which contains two sets of numbered squares to be marked by the player, the first set containing seventy-five squares, numbered one through seventy-five and the second set containing fifteen squares, numbered one through fifteen.
- “Game ticket” or “Ticket” means a ticket produced by a terminal which contains the caption Mega Millions®, one or more lettered game plays followed by the drawing date, the price of the ticket, whether or not the player has purchased the Megaplier® option, the number of draws, the drawing dates if more than one drawing was purchased, a six digit retailer number, and a serial number that is compatible with the Lottery’s central computer system.
- “Jackpot” means the top prize of the Mega Millions® game. The annuity Jackpot Prize is an amount that would be paid in thirty graduated annual installments with the annual payments increasing by five percent each year.
- “Mega Millions® Finance Committee” means a committee of the Mega Millions® Lotteries which determines the Jackpot Prize amount (cash and annuity).
- “Mega Millions® Lottery or Lotteries” means those lotteries which have joined under the Mega Millions® Lottery Agreement and through a Cross-Selling Agreement with MUSL, to operate and sell the Mega Millions® game.
- “Megaplier®” means Mega Millions® game feature, known as “Megaplier®“, by which a player, for an additional wager of $1 per play, can increase the guaranteed prize amount or pari-mutuel prize amount, as applicable, excluding the Jackpot Prize by a factor of two, three, four, or five times depending upon the multiplier number that is drawn prior to the Mega Millions® game drawing.
- “MUSL” means the Multi-State Lottery Association.
- “MUSL Board” means the governing body of MUSL which is comprised of the chief executive officer of each Party Lottery.
- “Pari-Mutuel” means the total amount of sales allocated to pay prize claimants, at the designated prize level, divided among the number of winning Mega Million plays.
- “Participating Lottery” or “Selling Lottery” means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity which is participating in selling the Mega Millions® game and which may be a member of either group.
- “Party Lottery” means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity which has joined the MUSL and, in the context of these Product Group Rules, which has joined in selling the games offered by the MUSL Mega Millions® Product Group.
- “Play” means the six numbers, the first five from a field of seventy-five numbers and the last one from a field of fifteen numbers that appear on a ticket as a single lettered selection and are to be played by a player in the game.
- “Play slip” means a card used in marking a player’s game plays and containing one or more boards.
- “Product Group” means the group of lotteries which has joined together to offer the Mega Millions® lottery game product pursuant to the terms of a Cross-Selling Agreement with the Mega Millions® Lotteries, the Multi-State Lottery Agreement and the Group’s own rules.
- “Quick Pick” means the random selection by the computer system of two-digit numbers that appear on a ticket and are played by a player in the game.
- “Retailer” means a person or entity authorized by the Lottery to sell lottery tickets.
- “Set Prize” means all other prizes except the Jackpot Prize that are advertised to be paid by a single lump sum payment and, except in instances outlined in these rules, will be equal to the prize amount established by the MUSL Board for the prize level.
- “Winning numbers” means the six numbers, the first five from a field of seventy-five numbers and the last one from a field of fifteen numbers, randomly selected at each drawing, which shall be used to determine winning plays contained on a game ticket.
- “Just the Jackpot” means a that a player opts to get two chances at winning just the jackpot. The wager is $3 for two lines of Quick Picks only. Playing Just the Jackpot means the player forgoes the chances at any other prize tiers and can only win if he/she matches all 6 numbers.
- General Information: Mega Millions® is a five out of seventy plus one out of twenty-five lottery game, drawn on the day(s), time(s) and location(s) as determined by the Mega Millions® Lotteries, and which pays the Jackpot Prize, at the election of the player made in accordance with these rules or by a default election made in accordance with these rules, either on a graduated annual pari-mutuel basis or as a cash value option using a rate determined by the Mega Millions® Finance Committee on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in these rules, all other prizes are paid as a single lump sum payment.
- Selection of Numbers: To play the Mega Millions® game, a player shall select five different numbers, from one through seventy and one additional number from one twenty-five (the Mega ball), for input into a terminal. The Mega ball may be the same as one of the first five numbers selected by the player, as long as it is from one through fifteen.
- Purchase of Tickets: Tickets can be purchased for two dollars (U.S. $2.00) for each standard ticket play or three dollars (U.S. $3.00) for two Just the Jackpot plays from a terminal operated by a retailer (i.e., a clerk-activated terminal).
- The retailer will issue a ticket, via the terminal, containing the player’s selected set or sets of numbers, each of which constitutes a game play. The player may select a set of five numbers from one to seventy and one additional number from one through twenty-five by:
- Marking six numbered squares in any one game board on a play slip and submitting the play slip to the retailer; or,
- Requesting “Quick Pick” from the retailer.
- A player may purchase tickets for future consecutive drawings up to the maximum permitted by the Lottery.
- Player Responsibility: It is the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the game play or plays and other data printed on the ticket. A ticket may not be voided or canceled by returning the ticket to the retailer or to the Lottery, including tickets that are printed in error. No ticket may be returned to the Lottery for credit. The placing of plays is done at the player’s own risk through the Lottery retailer, who when entering the play or plays is acting on behalf of the player.
- Determination of Winning Numbers: The winning numbers for the Mega Millions® game shall be determined at a drawing conducted under the supervision of the Mega Millions® Lotteries and the MUSL bd. Winning numbers shall be selected at random with the aid of mechanical drawing equipment or random number generator. The Lottery CEO shall designate a Drawing Coordinator who shall review and randomly observe the Mega Millions® game drawings conducted.
- General: A ticket, subject to the validation requirements is the only proof of a game play or plays and the submission of a winning ticket to the Lottery or an authorized retailer as required by these rules is the sole method of claiming a prize or prizes. A play slip or a copy of a ticket has no monetary or prize value and does not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected. A terminal produced paper receipt has no monetary or prize value and does not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected.
- Prize Claims: Mega Millions® prize claim procedures are governed by the administrative rules of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. MUSL and the selling lotteries are not responsible for Mega Millions® prizes that are not claimed following the proper procedures as determined by the Wyoming Lottery Corporation.
- Prize Pool: The prize pool for all prize categories shall consist of up to fifty-five percent of each drawing period’s sales, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, after the prize reserve accounts are funded to the amounts set by the Product Group. The prize pool may be higher or lower than fifty-five percent based upon the number of winners at each prize level, as well as the funding required to meet a guaranteed Annuity Jackpot Prize. Any amount remaining in the prize pool at the end of the Mega Millions® game shall be carried forward to a replacement game or expended in a manner as directed by the Product Group in accordance with the law of the state or jurisdiction.
- Prize Pool Accounts and Prize Reserve Accounts: An amount up to five percent of a Party Lottery’s sales, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, shall be added to a Party Lottery’s Jackpot Prize Pool contribution and placed in trust in one or more prize pool accounts and prize reserve account(s) held by the Product Group at any time that the prize pool accounts and Party Lottery’s share of the prize reserve account(s) is below the amounts designated by the Product Group. The Product Group has established the following prize reserve account and prize pool accounts for the Mega Millions® game:
- The Prize Reserve Account, which is used to guarantee the payment of valid, but unanticipated, Jackpot Prize claims that may result from a system error or other reason (subject to the limitations of these rules);
- The Jackpot Prize Pool Account, which is used to fund the immediate Jackpot Prize;
- The Set-Aside Account which is used to guarantee payment of the minimum or starting Jackpot Prize. The source of the Set-Aside Account funding is the difference between the amount in the Jackpot Prize Pool Account and the amount needed to fund Jackpot Prize payments as determined by the Mega Millions® lotteries;
- The Megaplier® Prize Pool Account and;
- The Low-Tier Prize Pool Account, which holds the temporary balances that may result from having fewer than expected winners in the low-tier Set Prize categories. The source of the Low-Tier Prize Pool Account is the Party Lottery’s weekly prize contributions less actual Set Prize liability.
- Balances: The Product Group, with approval of the Finance & Audit Committee, may establish a maximum balance for the prize pool accounts and prize reserve account. The Product Group may determine to expend all or a portion of the funds in the prize pool accounts (except the Jackpot Prize Pool Account) and the prize reserve accounts:
- For the purpose of indemnifying the Party Lotteries and the Mega Millions® Lotteries in the payment of prizes to be made by the participating lotteries, subject to the approval of the MUSL Board; and
- For the payment of prizes or special prizes in the game; subject to the approval of the Finance and Audit Committee.The prize reserve shares of a Party Lottery may be adjusted with refunds to the Party Lottery from the prize reserve account as may be needed to maintain the approved maximum balance and shares of the Party Lotteries. Any amount remaining in the prize pool accounts or prize reserve account at the end of the Mega Millions® game shall be carried forward to a replacement game or expended in a manner as directed by the Members of the Product Group in accordance with the law of the state or jurisdiction.
- Expected Prize Payout Percentages: The Jackpot Prize shall be determined on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in these rules and except for winning prizes sold by the California Lottery, all other prizes awarded shall be paid as Set Prizes with the following expected prize payout percentages, which does not include an additional amount held in prize reserves:
|PRIZE POOL PERCENTAGES
|NUMBER OF MATCHES PER PLAY
||ALLOCATED TO PRIZE
|(1) All 5 of first set plus one of second set (Mega Ball)
|(2) All 5 of first set and none of second set (no Mega Ball)
|(3) Any four of first set plus one of second set (Mega Ball)
|(4) Any four of first set and none of second set (Mega Ball)
|(5) Any three of first set plus one of second set (Mega Ball)
|(6) Any three of the first set and none of the second set (Mega Ball)
|(7) Any two of the first set plus one of the second set (Mega Ball)
|(8) Any one of the first set plus one of the second set (Mega Ball)
|(9) None of the first set and one from the second set (Mega Ball only)
- Division of Jackpot Prize Among Winners: The Jackpot Prize amount shall be divided equally (pari-mutuel) by the number of game plays winning the Jackpot Prize.
- Set Prizes: The prize pool percentage allocated to the Set Prizes (the single lump sum prizes of $1,000,000 or less) shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the Set Prizes awarded in the current draw.
- Pari-Mutuel Prize Determinations:
- If the total of the Set Prizes awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pool allocated to the Set Prizes, then the amount needed to fund the Set Prizes, including Megaplier® prizes, awarded shall be drawn from the following sources, in the following order:
- The amount allocated to the Set Prizes and carried forward from previous draws, if any;
- An amount from the prize reserve account described in section (2) of this rule, if available, not to exceed $40,000,000 per drawing.
- If, after these sources are depleted, there are not sufficient funds to pay the Set Prizes awarded, including Megaplier® prizes, then the highest Set Prize shall become a pari-mutuel prize. If the amount of the highest Set Prize, when paid on a pari-mutuel basis, drops to or below the next highest Set Prize and there are still not sufficient funds to pay the remaining Set Prizes awarded, then the next highest Set Prize shall become a pari-mutuel prize. This procedure shall continue down through all Set Prize levels, if necessary, until all Set Prize levels become pari-mutuel prize levels.
- By agreement with the Mega Millions® Lotteries, the Mega Millions® Lotteries shall independently calculate their set pari-mutuel prize amounts. The Party Lotteries and the Mega Millions® Lotteries shall than agree to set the pari-mutuel prize amounts for all lotteries selling the game at the lesser of the independently-calculated prize amounts.
- Advertised Jackpot Prize Annuity Amount: The official advertised Jackpot Prize annuity amount is subject to change based on sales forecasts and/or actual sales. See Prize Payment Section 2 for more information.
- Changes to Prize Categories: The number of prize categories and the allocation of the prize fund among the prize categories may be changed at the discretion of the Mega Millions® Lotteries, for promotional purposes. Such change shall be announced by the Lottery prior to the drawing to which the change applies.
Probability of Winning
- General: The following table sets forth the probability of winning and the probable distribution of winners in and among each prize category, based upon the total number of possible combinations in Mega Millions®. All prize winning tickets sold by the California Lottery are paid on a pari-mutuel basis.
||NUMBER OF MATCHES PER TICKET
||PROBABLE SET PRIZE AMOUNT
||Match 5 + Mega Ball
||Match 4 + Mega Ball
||Match 3 + Mega Ball
||Match 2 + Mega Ball
||Match 1 + Mega Ball
||Match Mega Ball
- Jackpot Prize Wins: If, in any drawing there are no winning plays that qualify for the Jackpot Prize category, the portion of the Prize Fund allocated to the Jackpot Prize shall remain in the Jackpot Prize Pool and be added to the amount allocated to the Jackpot Prize category in the next consecutive drawing.
- If the annuitized Jackpot Prize divided by the number of winning plays is equal to or greater than one (1) million dollars, each Jackpot Prize winner will be paid in thirty (30) installments unless the Prize winner selects the Cash Option method of payment.
- If the annuitized Jackpot Prize divided by the number of Winning Plays is less than one (1) million dollars each Jackpot Prize winner shall be paid an amount divided equally by the number of Jackpot Prize winners. Each such Jackpot Prize winner will be paid in a single cash payment.
- If the Cash Option is selected, no cash payment will be processed until the Claimant makes an election by submitting a signed, notarized form irrevocably selecting the Cash Option method of payment.
- If the Claimant does not make an election of the cash option by the close of business on the sixtieth (60th) day following the date of which he/she first became entitled to the prize, the Claimant shall be paid the Jackpot Prize under the annual payout option.
- Initial and Annual Annuitized Payments: All annuitized prizes shall be paid in graduated annual payments, with the initial payment being made in cash. Graduate annual payment option Jackpot Prizes will be paid in thirty graduated annual installments. The initial payment shall be paid upon completion of all internal validation procedures. The subsequent twenty-nine payments shall be paid graduated annually to coincide with the month of the Federal auction date at which the bonds were purchased to fund the annuity, with graduated annual installments defined in the Mega Millions® Lotteries’ Finance and Operations Procedures. Payments shall escalate by a factor of five percent annually and annual payments shall be rounded down to the nearest even one thousand dollar increment. All such payments shall be made within seven days of the anniversary of the annual auction date.
- Jackpot Prizes and Increases: The Mega Millions® lotteries may set a minimum guaranteed annuity Jackpot Prize amount, which shall be advertised by the selling lotteries as the starting guaranteed annuity Jackpot Prize amount.
- Roll Over of Jackpot Prize: If in any Mega Millions® drawing there are no Mega Millions® plays which qualify for the Jackpot Prize category, the portion of the prize fund allocated to such Jackpot Prize category shall remain in the Jackpot Prize category and be added to the amount allocated for the Jackpot Prize category in the next consecutive Mega Millions®
- Lack of Available Funds: If necessary, when the due date for the payment of a prize occurs before the receipt of funds in the prize pool trust sufficient to pay the prize, the transfer of funds for the payment of the full lump sum cash amount may be delayed pending receipt of funds from the Party Lotteries or other lotteries participating in the Mega Millions® A Party Lottery may elect to make the initial payment from its own funds after validation, with notice to MUSL.
- Death of Winner: In the event of the death of a lottery winner sold by a Party Lottery during the annuity payment period, the MUSL Finance & Audit Committee, in its sole discretion excepting a discretionary review by the Product Group, upon the petition of the estate of the lottery winner (the “Estate”) to the lottery of the jurisdiction in which the deceased lottery winner purchased the winning ticket, and subject to federal, state, district or territorial applicable laws, may accelerate the payment of all of the remaining lottery proceeds to the Estate. If such a determination is made, then securities and/or cash held to fund the deceased lottery winner’s annuitized prize may be distributed to the Estate. The identification of the securities to fund the annuitized prize shall be at the sole discretion of the Finance & Audit Committee or the Product Group.
- Low-Tier Cash Prize Payments: All low-tier cash prizes (al prizes except the Jackpot Prize) shall be paid in cash through the Party Lottery which sold the winning ticket(s). A Party Lottery may begin paying low-tier cash prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office.
- Rounding of Prize Payments: Annuitized payments of the Jackpot Prize or a share of the Jackpot Prize may be rounded to facilitate the purchase of an appropriate funding mechanism. Breakage on an annuitized Jackpot Prize win shall be added to the first payment to the winner or winners. Prizes other than the Jackpot Prize which, under these rules, may become single-payment, pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next drawing.
- Roll Over of Jackpot Prize: If the Jackpot Prize is not won in a drawing, the prize money allocated for the Jackpot Prize shall roll over and be added to the Jackpot Prize pool for the following drawing.
- One Prize per Game Play: The holder of a winning ticket may win only one prize per game play in connection with the winning numbers drawn, and shall be entitled only to the prize won by those numbers in the highest matching prize category.
- Claim Expires in 180 days: Claims for all prize categories, including the Jackpot Prize, shall be submitted within 180 days after the date of the drawing in accordance with these rules.
- Validation Requirements: To be a valid play and eligible to receive a prize, a Mega Millions® ticket shall satisfy all the requirements established by Lottery for validation of winning Mega Millions® plays sold through Lottery’s central computer system and any other validation requirements adopted by the Product Group, the MUSL Board and other requirements published as the Confidential MUSL Minimum Security Standards. The Lottery and MUSL shall not be responsible for tickets which are altered in any manner. When a winning Mega Millions® play is submitted to the Lottery for validation along with the Lottery’s completed claim form, and the Lottery has initiated the validation procedures, the Lottery retains possession of the winning ticket and claim form.
- Mega Millions® Ticket Required: Under no circumstances will a claim be paid for either the Jackpot Prize or a lower tier set prize without an official Mega Millions® ticket matching all game play, serial number and other validation data residing in Lottery’s gaming system computer and such ticket shall be the only valid proof of the wager placed and the only valid receipt for claiming or redeeming such prize.
- Additional Validation Requirements: In addition to the validation requirements set forth in section (1) of this rule, in order to be deemed a valid, winning Mega Millions® ticket, all of the following conditions must be met:
- The validation data must be present in its entirety and must correspond, using the computer validation file, to the number selections printed on the ticket for the drawing date(s) printed on the ticket;
- The ticket must be intact;
- The ticket must not be mutilated, altered, reconstituted, or tampered with in any manner;
- The ticket must not be counterfeit or an exact duplicate of another winning ticket;
- The ticket must have been issued by a Lottery retailer authorized to sell Mega Millions® tickets on official paper stock of the Lottery;
- The ticket must not have been stolen, to the knowledge of the Lottery;
- The ticket must be submitted for payment in accordance with these rules.
- The ticket data must have been recorded on the Lottery’s central computer system prior to the drawing and the ticket data must match this computer record in every respect. In the event of a contradiction between information as printed on the ticket and as accepted by the Lottery’s central computer, the wager accepted by the Lottery’s central computer shall be the valid wager;
- The player or computer number selections, validation data and the drawing date(s) of an apparent winning ticket must appear on the official file of winning tickets, and a ticket with that exact data must not have been previously paid;
- The ticket must not be misregistered, defectively printed, or printed or produced in error to an extent that it cannot be validated by the Lottery.
- The ticket must pass validation tests using a minimum of three of the five validation methods as defined in the Mega Millions® Finance and Operations Procedures. In addition, the ticket must pass all other confidential security checks of the Lottery;
- In submitting a Mega Millions® ticket for validation, the claimant agrees to abide by applicable laws, all rules and regulations, instructions, conditions, and final decisions of the CEO of the Party Lottery that issued the ticket;
- There must not be any other breach of these Mega Millions® Rules in relation to the ticket, which, in the opinion of the CEO of the Party Lottery that issued the ticket justifies invalidation; and
- The ticket must be submitted to the Party Lottery that issued it.
- General: Until such time as a signature is placed in the area designated for signature, a Mega Millions® ticket is owned by the bearer of the ticket. MUSL, the Product Group, and the Lottery are not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
- Reporting Errors: Winners are determined by the numbers drawn and certified by the independent auditor responsible for auditing the Mega Millions® Neither the Lottery, nor MUSL is responsible for Mega Millions® winning numbers reported in error.
- General: A Mega Millions® game ticket may not be purchased by and a prize may not be paid to, a member of the Wyoming Lottery Board of Directors, the CEO, or any employee of the Lottery, or to any spouse, child, brother, sister, or parent of such person.
- MUSL Restrictions: A Mega Millions® ticket issued by the MUSL or any of its Party Lotteries shall not be purchased by, and a prize won by any such ticket shall not be paid to:
- A MUSL employee, officer, or director
- A contractor or consultant under agreement with MUSL to review the MUSL audit and security procedures;
- An employee of an independent accounting firm under contract with MUSL to observe drawings or site operations and actually assigned to the MUSL account and all partners, share-holders, or owners in the local office of the firm; or,
- An immediate family member (parent, step-parent, child, step-child, spouse or sibling) of an individual described in subsections (a) through (c) of this section and residing in the same household.
- General: In purchasing a Mega Millions® ticket issued by the Lottery, the purchaser agrees to comply with and be bound by all applicable statutes, administrative rules and procedures of the Lottery and MUSL, and by the directives and determinations of the Lottery CEO. The purchaser agrees, as the purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy that claims arising out of a Mega Millions® ticket purchased from the Lottery can be pursued only against the Lottery and not any other Party Lottery. Litigation, if any, shall only be maintained within the state in which the Mega Millions® was purchased and only against the Party Lottery that issued the ticket.
- Final Determinations: All decisions made by the Lottery CEO, including the declaration of prizes and the payment thereof and the interpretation of the Mega Millions® game rules and procedures, are final and binding on all purchasers and on every person making a claim in respect thereof. Nothing in this rule shall be construed as a waiver of any defense or claim the Lottery may have in the event a purchaser or person making a claim pursues litigation against the Lottery Board of Directors, Lottery, its officers, or employees.
- General: Megaplier® is an optional, limited extension promotion of the Mega Millions® The Lottery’s CEO and in the CEO’s sole discretion and based on agreements with MUSL, is authorized to initiate and terminate the Megaplier® option.
- Set Prizes Only: Megaplier® multiplies or increases the amount of any of the lump sum Set Prizes (the cash prizes normally paying $2 to $1,000,000) won in a drawing held during the promotion. The Jackpot Prize is not a Set Prize and will not be multiplied or increased by means of the Megaplier®
- Qualifying Play: A qualifying Megaplier® option play is any single Mega Millions® Play for which the player selects the Megaplier® option on either the Play Slip or by selecting the Megaplier® option through a clerk-activated terminal, pays one extra dollar for the Megaplier® option play, and which is recorded at the Party Lottery’s central computer as a qualifying play.
- Prizes to be Multiplied or Increased:
- Set Prizes: A qualifying play which wins one of the lump sum Set Prizes will be multiplied by the number selected (either 2, 3, 4, or 5), in a separate random Megaplier® drawing announced in a manner determined by the Product Group.
- Selection of Multiplier: MUSL will either itself conduct, or authorize a U.S. Lottery to conduct on its behalf, a separate random “Megaplier®” Before each Mega Millions® drawing a single number (2, 3, 4, or 5) shall be drawn. The Mega Millions® Product Group may change one or more of the multiplier features for special promotions from time to time. In the event the “Megaplier®” drawing does not occur prior to the Mega Millions® drawing, the multiplier number will be a five (5), which shall solely be determined by the lottery authorized to conduct the “Megaplier®” drawing.
- Megaplier® Prize Pool Account: The Megaplier® Prize Pool Account for all prize categories offered by the Party Lotteries shall consist of up to fifty-five percent of each drawing period’s sales, as determined by the Product Group, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket. The Megaplier® Prize Pool Account shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the Megaplier® prizes awarded in the current draw and held in the Megaplier® Prize Pool Account. Any amount not used to pay for multiplied prizes may be collected and placed in the Megaplier® Prize Pool Account until the prize pool account reaches the amount designated by the Product Group. Any amount remaining in the Megaplier® Prize Pool Account at the end of this game shall be carried forward to a replacement game or expended in a manner as directed by the members of the Product Group in accordance with jurisdictional law.
- Expected Prize Payout: Except as provided in these rules, all prizes awarded shall be paid as lump sum Set Prizes. Instead of the Mega Millions® Set Prize amounts, qualifying Megaplier® plays will pay the amounts shown below when matched with the Megaplier® number drawn:
||Megaplier® Prize Amount
with Megaplier® Purchase
||Set Prize Amount
|Match 5 (no Mega Ball)
|Match 4+ Mega Ball
Match 4 (no Mega Ball)
|Match 3+ Mega Ball
|Match 3 (no Mega Ball)
|Match 2+ Mega Ball
|Match 1+ Mega Ball
|Megaplier® multiplier numbers do not apply to the Mega Millions® Jackpot Prize
In certain rare instances, the Mega Millions® Set Prize amount may be less than the amount shown. In such case, the Megaplier® prizes will be a multiple of the changed Mega Millions® prize amount announced after the draw. For example, if the Match 4+1 Mega Millions® Set Prize amount of $5,000 becomes $2,000 under the rules of the Mega Millions® game, then a Megaplier® player winning that prize amount with a 4X multiplier would win $8,000 ($2,000 x 4).
- Probability of Winning: The following table sets forth the probability of the various Megaplier® numbers being drawn during a single Mega Millions drawing. The Product Group may elect to run limited promotions that may modify the multiplier features.
||Probability of Prize Increase
||Prize Won Times 5
||6 in 15
||Prize Won Times 4
||3 in 15
||Prize Won Times 3
||4 in 15
||Prize Won Times 2
||2 in 15
|Megaplier® multiplier numbers do not apply to the Mega Millions®
- Prize Pool Carried Forward: The prize pool percentage allocated to the Megaplier® Set Prizes shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the Set Prizes awarded in the current draw or may be held in a prize reserve account.
- Pari-Mutuel Prizes – All Prize Amounts: Except as otherwise provided in Section (C):
- If the total of the original Mega Millions® Set Prizes and the Megaplier® prize amounts awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pools allocated to the Set Prizes, then the amount needed to fund the Set Prizes (including the Megaplier® prize amounts) awarded shall be drawn from the following sources, in the following order:
- The amount allocated to the Set Prizes (including Megaplier® prize amounts) and carried forward from previous draws, if any.
- An amount from the Mega Millions® prize reserve account, if available in the account, not to exceed $40,000,000 per drawing.
- If, after these sources are depleted, there are not sufficient funds to pay the Set Prizes awarded (including Megaplier prize amounts), then the highest Set Prize (including the Megaplier prize amounts) shall become a pari-mutuel prize. If the amount of the highest Set Prize, when paid on a pari-mutuel basis, drops to or below the next highest Set Prize and there are still not sufficient funds to pay the remaining Set Prizes awarded, then the next highest Set Prize, concluding the Megaplier prize amount, shall become a pari-mutuel prize. This procedure shall continue down through all Set Prize levels, if necessary, until all Set Prizes become pari-mutuel prize levels. In that instance, the money available from the funding sources listed in this rule shall be divided among the winning plays in proportion to their respective prize percentages. Mega Millions and Megaplier prizes will be reduced by the same percentage.
- By agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, the Mega Millions Lotteries shall independently calculate their set pari-mutuel prize amounts, including the Megaplier prize amounts. The party lotteries and the Mega Millions Lotteries shall then agree to set the pari-mutuel prize amounts for all lotteries selling the game at the lesser of the independently calculated prize amounts.
- Prize Payment: All Megaplier® prizes shall be paid in one lump sum. The Lottery may begin paying Megaplier® prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office.
- Prizes Rounded: Prizes, which under these rules may become pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in whole dollars. Breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next drawing.