All you need to know about Mega Millions
Did you know that Illinois was one of the original nine states to sell Mega Millions®? Since 2002, Mega Millions has become a wildly popular game. With jackpots starting at $40 million, and Megaplier prizes at $5 million, it’s no surprise that this game continues to be an Illinois favorite. Dream Big!
Megaplier allows players to increase their non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. Should the total prize liability, as defined in the Mega Millions® Finance and Operations Procedures, exceed the Liability Cap (as defined in the Mega Millions Finance and Operations Procedures), the second and third prizes shall be paid on a pari-mutuel basis rather than a fixed prize basis. However, in no event shall the pari-mutuel prize be greater that the fixed prize. The amount to be used for the allocation of such pari-mutuel prizes and related calculations of pari-mutuel prize values shall be as defined in the Mega Millions Finance and Operations Procedures.
Mega Millions® drawings are conducted Tuesdays and Fridays (10:00 PM. CST) by the Georgia Lottery. One drawing machine is available for the 5/70 portion of Mega Millions drawing and one machine is available for the 1/25 portion of Mega Millions drawing. If either machine is out of service, the Georgia Lottery's Lotto drawing machine is re-programmed for Mega Millions drawing. The particular ball set to be used for each component of a given Mega Millions drawing is determined by random selection from among the available ball sets. Prior to each Mega Millions drawing, the Georgia Lottery's Drawing Specialist conducts 3 test drawings with each machine. The balls are then re-racked in random order and the machine resealed until the official drawing is conducted. After the official drawing, 2 more test draws are conducted with each machine to ensure the validity of the official drawing results.
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