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Join players from across the country to win multimillion-dollar jackpots – plus eight other prize levels – every Tuesday & Friday. Choose five numbers from 1 through 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 through 25. You can pick your own numbers or let the Lottery’s computer randomly Quick Pick them – for either or both sets of numbers.

The Drawing

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday in Atlanta, Georgia at 10 p.m. CST and are aired live on Official Draw Show TV stations (with the exception of WVUE-FOX 8 in New Orleans where they air during the first commercial break of the hour) and are updated on this website.

Make sure you buy your tickets for each Mega Millions drawing by 9 p.m. on the day of the drawing. Tickets purchased after 9 p.m. on drawing nights will be valid for the next drawing(s).

How Megaplier Works

Add Megaplier to your ticket for an extra $1 per play per drawing to multiply any nonjackpot prize won! During the drawing, a Megaplier number is randomly selected from a weighted field of one 5, three 4s, six 3s and five 2s. Mega Millions prizes for the bottom eight prize levels are multiplied by this number for those winners who purchased Megaplier .

See the “How to Win” tab for the Megaplier prize chart.

How Multidraw Works

Save time with multidraw by playing your numbers for multiple drawings. You can play 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 20 consecutive drawings. When you claim a prize, you’ll receive an Exchange ticket for the balance of the drawings remaining.

How the Jackpot Works

The advertised Mega Millions jackpot represents an estimate of the annuity amount, which is paid in 30 graduated installments, with the first paid at the time the prize is claimed. There is also a cash prize payment option equal to the jackpot prize pool. Jackpot prizes are pari-mutuel and are divided equally among all jackpot-winning tickets.

Jackpot prizes are available for payment after the 15th calendar day following the drawing, and winners have 60 days from the date of claim to decide on a payment option.

Ways to Play

Paper Playslip. In blue or black ink, fill in your numbers and game options on a paper playslip available in the retailer’s Lottery Play Center. You may play up to five sets of numbers on each playslip.
Digital Playslip. Select and save your numbers and game options on the Louisiana Lottery Official Mobile App and show the resulting code at checkout for your ticket to print.
Ask the Retailer. If you want a Quick Pick, tell the clerk. You can play up to 10 Quick Picks on one ticket.
Replay Feature. To play the same numbers, number of drawings and game options as on a previously played ticket, present it to the retailer and ask for a Replay!

Mega Millions can also be played with other Lottery draw-style games. Find out more about our game bundling options!

No. State law prevents the sale of Louisiana Lottery products through the Internet. Only licensed retailers are legally authorized to sell Louisiana Lottery tickets.

Yes! The multidraw features on the Lottery’s draw-style games allows players to purchase plays for multiple drawings, up to 14 for Pick 3 and Pick 4 and up to 20 for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Easy 5. If you win a prize during one of the drawings, you do not have to wait until the last drawing has occurred before collecting those winnings. When you cash a winning multidraw ticket with drawings still remaining, the Lottery’s terminal system will print out an exchange ticket good for the balance of the remaining drawings and with the same numbers as on your original ticket. The retailer will retain the original ticket as it is no longer valid and give your exchange ticket with your winnings.

Winning scratch-off tickets can be claimed up to 90 days following the closure of the game. A list of closed games and end-of-redemption dates can be found on this website. Winning draw-style game tickets can be claimed up to 180 days following the drawing in which the prize was won.

Winners have 60 days after the ticket is validated by the lottery to elect either the annuity or cash payment option.

The prize on a winning lottery ticket may be split among a group of ticket owners; however only one prize check is issued. The prize check is issued to either one person or legal entity (partnership, trust, etc.). Each member of the group provides a completed IRS Form W-9 for tax reporting purposes at the time of the claim. The person receiving the check for the group also provides picture identification and is responsible for distributing the winnings to the group members.

For a prize paid in a single payment, the check recipient may choose to complete a Federal Form 5754 that ensures the tax obligation of the prize is distributed among the group members according to the gross prize amount of each person’s share. The Federal Form 5754 allows the Lottery to send a separate W-2G tax form to each individual winner noting the amount won and withheld on their behalf.

The Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot prize may be paid in the annuity payment format or the single payment cash option. The group members must decide on one payment option; it is not possible for some group members to take the cash option and others to choose the annuity.

While it is not necessary for a group of people to form a legal entity to claim the cash option, the Lottery asks a group of winners to form a legal entity with an assigned tax identification number for a jackpot prize paid in annual installments. This simplifies the tax reporting and prize distribution for a group of people receiving payments over an extended time.

When claiming a prize as a legal entity, the legal document organizing the entity must list the name of each member of the group, their city of residence, and the portion of the prize each person will receive.

The Lottery encourages all players to seek financial advice before claiming a large jackpot prize.

As with all claims, the names of those receiving prize funds and their city of residence is public record.

Players should sign the back of their ticket for security purposes, secure their ticket and treat it as cash. We also recommend that players who believe they hold a Powerball, Mega Millions or Lotto jackpot-winning ticket contact the Lottery’s headquarters immediately at 225-297-2000 to schedule a time to claim their prize and have their questions answered. This will facilitate a smooth prize payment process. Players who believe they hold a jackpot-winning ticket must bring the original ticket to the Lottery’s corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge within 180 days of the drawing in which the prize was won for verification and any prize payment. The Lottery recommends that before coming to claim a jackpot prize, winners get financial advice so they fully understand the tax or other legal implications involved.

If you win more than $600 and are therefore required to claim your prize at a Lottery office, you will be required to complete a claim form for tax purposes. Under the Lottery’s statute, all prize payment records are open records, meaning that the public has a right to request the information. Depending upon the amount won and public or media interest in the win, winners may NOT be able to remain anonymous. The statute also allows the Lottery to use winners’ names and city of residence for publicity purposes such as news releases. The Lottery’s regular practice is not to use winner information in paid advertising or product promotion without the winner’s willingness to participate.

When a prize is claimed it becomes the property of that individual, even if the prize is paid out as an annuity. Hence, all winnings become a part of the estate of the deceased.

Game Features Join players from across the country to win multimillion-dollar jackpots – plus eight other prize levels – every Tuesday & Friday. Choose five numbers from 1 through 70 and one