What is the Mega Millions Megaplier? | theLotter

What is the Mega Millions Megaplier?

Your dreams would come true if you won a huge lottery jackpot but even winning a secondary prize could be a life-changing event. In Mega Millions, the second division prize is set at $1,000,000 but this amount can be multiplied to as much as $5,000,000! All you have to do is include the Megaplier option when you purchase your Mega Millions tickets!

For example, Linda Evans from Dry Fork, Virginia, matched the five main numbers in the Mega Millions draw on 13 December 2016, entitling her to a $1 million second division prize. However, Ms. Evans's winnings came out to $5 million. Her prize was multiplied by five because she included the Mega Millions Megaplier on her winning ticket and "5" was the Megaplier selected for the draw.

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In the Mega Millions draw on 16 August 2016, Reg Abare from Barre, Vermont, matched the five main numbers, falling just short of winning the jackpot. For his second division win, Abare usually would have been entitled to a $1 million prize but Abare had added the Megaplier. The Megaplier selected for the draw was "5" and therefore Abare's prize was $5 million.

In other draws, second division prizes have jumped to $2 million, $3 million, or $4 million, depending on which Megaplier was selected. One thing all these second division winners had in common is that they added the Megaplier when they purchased their Mega Millions lottery tickets.

What Is the Mega Millions Megaplier?

The Megaplier is an optional add-on feature on a Mega Millions lottery ticket. When you choose to add this option to your ticket you potentially increase your non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times, depending on the Megaplier randomly selected for that draw. For example, if you match the five main numbers in the draw you would normally win a second-tier Match 5 prize of $1,000,000. However if you played the Megaplier and the Megaplier selected was "3", your Match 5 prize would be worth $3,000,000.

How to Play the Mega Millions Megaplier

Mega Millions lottery draws take place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. To participate in the draw, all you have to do is select five main numbers from 1-75, and one Mega Ball number from 1-15. When you purchase your tickets you have the option of including the Megaplier in your lottery entry. Mark the Megaplier multiplier box and you're on your way. There is an extra cost per line, it's true, but there's also the chance that you could multiply your prize by as much as five times when you win.

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Megaplier Prizes

Playing the Megaplier option does not affect the size of the Mega Millions jackpot or your chance of winning the jackpot. The Megaplier selected for the draw defines the size of the non-jackpot prizes as can be seen in the following table:

megaplier prizes

As you can see, with a small additional expense, you can multiply your secondary winnings as much as five times. For example, the fifth division $50 prize for matching three main numbers and the Mega Ball can be multiplied to $100, $150, $200, or $250, depending on the Megaplier chosen for the draw.

How Does the Megaplier Compare to Powerball's Power Play?

When you buy lottery tickets for the US Powerball, you can add the Power Play option and multiply your non-jackpot prizes up to 10 times. With Power Play, the Match 5+0 prize grows to $2,000,000 and all other lower prizes are multiplied by the Power Play option selected (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 10X).

In comparison, when you add the Megaplier to your Mega Millions lottery tickets, the Match 5+0 prize can grow as high as $5,000,000 if "5" is selected as the Megaplier for that draw. The maximum Megaplier is "5" whereas the maximum Power Play multiplier is "10".

History of the Megaplier

The Megaplier was initially offered only by the Texas Lottery starting in 2003 and its initial concept was functionally similar to the original version of Powerball's Power Play. Starting in 2010, the Megaplier feature become part of the lottery's offer in other states. Between September 2010 and October 2013, winners of the Mega Millions second prize with the Megaplier option were automatically awarded a 4X prize of $1 million. The current system defining the Megaplier and the prize levels was set on 18 October 2013.

The first $5 million second-tier Mega Millions prize ever awarded went in November 2013 to a ticket sold in Texas where the Megaplier was first introduced.

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Why Doesn't California Offer the Megaplier?

You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands. The only location where there is no Megaplier option is California. Unlike other states, California pays Mega Millions prize levels two through nine according to a pari-mutuel distribution of the Mega Millions prize pool aggregated in California for those prize levels. The reason for this alternate prize distribution system is California's penal code, which distinguishes between a "lottery" which cannot be broken and a "banked game" whose bank theoretically could be broken. California authorized only a "lottery" in its Lottery Act, passed in 1984.

As a result of this difference, Californian winners of non-jackpot prizes receive different prize amounts than equivalent winners in other states. This situation can occasionally lead to a Californian winning a higher second division prize than the $1,000,000 awarded to a Mega Millions second division winner elsewhere.

Megaplier Odds

The Megaplier does not affect the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot or of any of the secondary prizes. Instead, the Megaplier affects the size of the non-jackpot prizes awarded in a draw. The Megaplier can multiply those prizes by a factor of two, three, four, or five. The Megaplier is selected before the regular Mega Millions draw from a separate pool of fifteen balls. The Megaplier most likely to be chosen is "5" and the least likely is "2", as can be seen in the table below.

Multiplier Balls Odds

5 times the prize won (5X)



4 times the prize won (4X)



3 times the prize won (3X)



2 times the prize won (2X)





What is the Mega Millions Megaplier?

You should now understand what the Mega Millions Megaplier is. You are probably wondering if you get the best value for your money if you play it. In a way, it's almost as if you're doubling down on the lottery – spending more in hopes of winning more. As is usually the case, you will most likely make your decision what to play based on your gut feeling. If you're going to be lucky playing the Mega Millions, you may be very lucky playing the Mega Millions Megaplier!