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The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member offers one or more of the games administered by MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects approved by the legislature authorizing each lottery.
Formed in 1987, MUSL's first multi-state game was "Lotto America". The game ran four years before being replaced.

History Of The Game
Mega Millions, the game that holds the record for the largest jackpot in North American history, began on August 31, 1996 as the Big Game. The first drawing took place on September 6, 1996, with six states participating: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia.
After exciting growth of the game in 1997, a Tuesday drawing was added in February 1998. Players were given a larger choice of numbers and a "cash payout" option in January 1999. In May 1999, New Jersey became the seventh member state.
In May 2002, the multi-state game was given the new name of "Mega Millions," New York and Ohio became member states, and the game matrix and prize amounts were changed to offer players more excitement.
In September 2002, Washington became the 10th member state, followed by Texas in December 2003. In June 2005, California became the 12th member, solidifying Mega Millions as the country's most widely played multi-state jackpot game.
On January 31, 2010, 23 more state lotteries joined Mega Millions as an historic cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball went into effect. With additional lotteries joining since then, Mega Millions is now played in 44 jurisdictions: 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions made history with the largest jackpot ever: $656 million. The jackpot was split three ways, by winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
On October 19, 2013, Mega Millions® introduced a matrix change which was designed to create bigger jackpots, second-tier prizes of up the $5 Million with the Megaplier® feature, and better overall odds.
Below is a list of the ten largest Mega Millions jackpots. For drawing details, click the draw date.

Rank Amount Date Number of
Winning Tickets
States With Winning Tickets
1 $656m 3/30/2012 3 Kansas, Illinois, Maryland
2 $648m 12/17/2013 2 California and Georgia
3 $390m 3/06/2007 2 Georgia, New Jersey
4 $380m 1/04/2011 2 Idaho, Washington
5 $336m 8/28/2009 2 California, New York
6 $330m 8/31/2007 4 Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
7 $319m 3/25/2011 1 New York
8 $315 m 11/15/2005 1 California
9 $294m 7/02/2004 1 Massachusetts
10 $275m 2/22/2008 1 Georgia

Jackpot: The jackpots start at $15 Million and grow by a minimum of $5 Million per draw each time the jackpot rolls.
The Odds: The odds of winning a jackpot prize remain the same whether the jackpot is $15 Million or $600 Million (1 in 258.9 million), but the odds of winning a prize in the game are just 1 in 14.7 (overall).
Prize Levels: From matching just the Mega Ball® ($1) all the way to a Match 5 prize of $1 Million, thousands of players enjoy the winning experience twice a week.
On October 19, 2013, Mega Millions® introduced a matrix change which was designed to create bigger jackpots, second-tier prizes of up the $5 Million with the Megaplier® feature, and better overall odds.
Mega Millions® is a multi-state jackpot game. Drawings are held at 10:00 p.m. Central Time every Tuesday and Friday. Five numbered balls are drawn from 1 to 75 and one numbered ball is drawn from 1 to 15. If all numbers match those that are chosen, you win the jackpot, which starts at $15 Million and grows until someone wins. If other players match all six numbers, the prize will be shared in equal amounts. Each Mega Millions® play is $1. For an additional dollar you can add the Megaplier ® option to multiply non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. This game is eligible for Points for Prizes.

Match Odds 1 in
5 + MEGA 258.9 mil
5 of 5 18.5 mil
4 + MEGA 739,688
4 of 5 52,835
3 + Mega 10,720
3 of 5 766
2 + MEGA 473
1 + MEGA 56
0 + MEGA 21
Overall 14.7

Participating Megamillions Jurisdictions Population in Millions FY2011 Megamillions Sales ($m) FY2012 Megamillions Sales ($m) % Change Annual Per Capita Megamillions
Arizona 6.48 $46.71 $56.07 20.04% $8.65
Arkansas 2.93 $22.62 $25.60 13.17% $8.74
California 37.69 $534.69 $720.07 34.67% $19.11
Colorado 5.11 $26.20 $37.10 41.60% $7.26
Connecticut 3.58 $32.58 $40.63 24.71% $11.35
Delaware 0.91 $9.99 $11.85 18.64% $13.02
D.C. 0.61 $5.52 $10.63 92.57% $17.43
Florida 19.05 $0.00 $0.00 0.00% $0.00
Georgia 9.81 $136.29 $159.00 16.66% $16.21
Idaho 1.58 $9.66 $14.09 45.86% $8.92
Illinois 12.86 $160.94 $187.50 16.50% $14.58
Indiana 6.51 $36.97 $46.18 24.91% $7.09
Iowa 3.06 $16.98 $22.29 31.27% $7.28
Kansas 2.87 $11.63 $15.60 34.14% $5.44
Kentucky 4.36 $35.14 $40.06 14.00% $9.19
Louisiana 4.57 $4.67 $32.82 602.78% $7.18
Maine 1.32 $5.89 $7.96 35.14% $6.03
Maryland 5.82 $96.15 $110.85 15.29% $19.05
Massachusetts 6.58 $93.84 $101.48 8.14% $15.42
Michigan 9.87 $159.54 $166.75 4.52% $16.89
Minnesota 5.34 $19.18 $26.24 36.81% $4.91
Missouri 6.01 $34.42 $42.80 24.35% $7.12
Montana 0.99 $3.66 $5.56 51.91% $5.62
Nebraska 1.84 $11.01 $13.43 21.98% $7.30
New Hampshire 1.31 $11.80 $15.01 27.24% $11.46
New Jersey 8.82 $216.53 $238.10 9.96% $27.00
New Mexico 2.08 $10.74 $14.26 32.77% $6.86
New York 19.46 $410.61 $464.58 13.14% $23.87
North Carolina 9.65 $71.78 $85.56 19.20% $8.87
North Dakota 0.72 $4.41 $6.20 40.59% $8.61
Ohio 11.54 $159.34 $179.30 12.53% $15.54
Oklahoma 3.79 $20.77 $27.33 31.58% $7.21
Oregon 3.87 $16.98 $22.20 30.74% $5.74
Pennsylvania 12.74 $121.72 $151.23 24.24% $11.87
Rhode Island 1.05 $11.21 $13.90 24.00% $13.24
South Carolina 4.67 $43.36 $53.03 22.30% $11.36
South Dakota 0.82 $3.27 $4.63 41.59% $5.65
Tennessee 6.4 $43.06 $53.90 25.17% $8.42
Texas 25.67 $210.74 $252.69 19.91% $9.84
Vermont 0.62 $3.61 $4.68 29.64% $7.55
Virginia 8.09 $126.79 $140.24 10.61% $17.33
Washington 6.83 $51.85 $59.20 14.18% $8.67
West Virginia 1.85 $11.29 $14.70 30.20% $7.95
Wisconsin 5.71 $27.54 $36.99 34.31% $6.48
TOTAL 295.44 $3,091.68 $3,732.29 20.72% $12.63

News Archive for CY2016
July 9, 2016 $540 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Ticket Sold in Indiana!

 
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