Mega Millions is one of the most popular lottery scheme in The United States. Indeed, the jackpot typically rises quickly to considerable amount. As a result, winning the game makes multiple millionaires every year in the country. Winners have the options of collecting a one time large sum or get paid in installments. If like others, you will like to be counted as one of the mega millions jackpot winners, here are some tips on how to increase your chances of winning, as well as the odds of hitting it big.
What states sell Mega Millions tickets?
First, you need to find out if your state sells Mega Millions tickets.Currently, you can only buy the lottery ticket in forty-five states in the United States, plus Washington, D.C.,. Normally, you can get a ticket at a gas station, convenience store, liquor store, some supermarkets and kiosks. In addition, you can even the ticket online.
However, the following states do not sell Mega Millions tickets: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. If you live in one of these states, you best bet is to start calling in favors from your out-of-state friends.
Then you pick your numbers! According to the Mega Millions website, lottery players can choose their own numbers or have them randomly generated. For Mega Millions, there are six numbers: Five numbers between 1 and 70, and then one Mega Ball number, which is between 1 and 25. To win the jackpot, you must get all six numbers correct.
How many numbers do you need to win a prize in Mega Millions?
You can win the jackpot and secondary money prizes. Below are the various scenarios.
A. The jackpot
To clinch on the max money prize you have get all five numbers, plus the Mega Ball.
B. $1 million prize
$1 million is the second considerable prize. To win that money prize, you will have to get all five numbers but not the Mega Ball.
C. $2 prize
If you just get the Mega Ball number, only you’ll get $2. Basically you will be getting your money back.
How do you know if you’ve won the Mega Millions?
Winning numbers are drawn on Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m. Eastern. Find out if you won by checking the winning numbers on the Mega Millions website, or watch your local news. If you do win, you’ll have a big decision to make: Taking the cash option or the annuity. The annuity is paid over 30 years, and the cash option is one lump sum, but it will be less than the jackpot total. For the current drawing, the cash option is $757.2 million.
The best strategies for winning the $1.55 billion jackpot, according to a Harvard statistician
In each Mega Millions draw, ticket buyers must choose six numbers from 1 to 70, corresponding to the white balls, and one number from 1 to 25 for the golden ball, also known as the Mega Ball. To win the jackpot, you must hit all five numbers plus the Mega Ball. The probability of this happening is extremely low: 1 in more than 300 million.
While some people recommend mixing odd and even numbers when buying a ticket, as well as high and low numbers, statistically, some numbers do appear more than others.
According to the history of Lotto Numbers, from September 6, 1996 to August 1, 2023, the white ball numbers that have appeared the most are: 31, 17, 46, 20 and 10, while the most repeated Mega Ball numbers are 9, 15, 3, 10 and 1.
According to Mark Glickman, a senior statistics lecturer at Harvard University, another tip to win the jackpot is to choose completely random numbers, without patterns of any sort.
More tickets = more chances of winning
Because this is just like any lottery, is a game of chance, Glickman says that the best way to increase your chances of winning is simply to buy more tickets, within reason of course. If the probability of your winning the jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350 with one ticket, it becomes 2 in 302,575,350 if you buy two.
Although you can mathematically increase your odds of winning by purchasing more tickets, the probability of taking home the jackpot remains infinitesimal. It would take an enormous amount of money to increase your chances significantly.
If you are just looking to win any kind of payout at all, your best bet would be to buy several tickets with a different Mega Ball number on each of them. Matching the winning Mega Ball is the most likely way that you will get a return on your money.