You can buy Mega Millions online through a lottery agent. Here are a few Internet retailers that sell U.S. Mega Millions tickets on the web:
Buy Mega Millions Online
One of the places where lotto players can buy Mega Millions lottery tickets online isWinTrillions.com. (Here is their mobile site.) This company sells lotteries on a monthly subscription model which means players cannot buy individual tickets. (See top lottery agents on the web.)
One benefit of purchasing through WinTrillions is that they have a large syndication membership that lets you join other Mega Millions players and make a group purchase. You can combine your money with hundreds of other Mega Millions players and increase your chances of winning the jackpot (as long as you're willing to split the prize).
Think of syndication as a huge Internet-based pool of Mega Millions players all trying to split a massive jackpot.
Here is WinTrillions' official Facebook page.
Mega Millions Purchase Over the Internet
In brick-and-mortar stores, Mega Millions is only available in 45 localities: 43 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands. However, anyone with access to the Internet and who possess a credit/debit card can purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets.
Why? Because you can have an Internet lotto agent buy Mega Millions for you.
What happens when you buy Mega Millions tickets through an online lotto agent?
- The agent will keep a scanned copy of your Mega Millions ticket as well as receipt of the purchase.
- The agent will notify you if you (or your family/office pool) win any prize.
- The agent can make legal arrangements if you win a multi-million dollar jackpot.
- The agent publishes the latest winning numbers for Mega Millions.
- The agent can coordinate pooling of funds (syndication) if you want to be a part of a group that buys hundreds or thousands of Mega Millions tickets (and increase your chances of winning a big prize).
- Agents have personnel in the U.S. who buy Mega Millions tickets on the customer's behalf. They process the transaction on the Internet so that you don't have to line up at your local grocery or convenience store.
- Agents often give cash discounts for volume purchases because their online operations are cheaper to run than physical retail outlets.
To learn more, see this article on the difference between buying lottery tickets online versus making the Mega Millions purchase at a bricks-and-mortar store.
(At bricks-and-mortar retailers, Mega Millions is not offered in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, Alaska, and Hawaii. However, residents of these states can buy Mega Millions over the web.)
Mega Millions Ticket Sellers on the Web
CongaLotto sells tickets of big lotteries in the United States and around the world. The site is owned by the same parent company of WinTrillions (located in South America). Here is CongaLotto's official Facebook page.
This agent lets you buy individual Mega Millions tickets online in case you don't want a monthly subscription. For instance, you may only want to make a wager when the jackpot is huge.
CongaLotto also has a syndication group but without as many members as WinTrillions.
PlayHugeLottos.com is also another site where you can buy Mega Millions online. It's a smaller operation but they have employees and contractors located around the world who buy tickets for some of the world's biggest lottery games.
To get more information, see this article on buying lotto tickets on the Internet.
Purchasing Outside of the U.S.A. | Non-Americans
There are no authorized Mega Millions brick-and-mortar retailers outside of the U.S. You'll need to either (1) make the purchase within U.S. territory, or (2) have a trusted family member, friend, or relative (who won't steal the jackpot) make the purchase for you inside U.S. territory, or (3) have an online lottery agent make the lotto purchase on your behalf.
In the event that a non-American (or non-U.S. resident) wins, they are subject to a U.S. federal withholding tax of approximately 30 percent. They may also be subject to additional state taxes, depending on where they claim the prize.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in all U.S. states, except for Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi and Alabama. They are also sold in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Lotto Buying Process
Here's how the process works.
Lottery agents maintain a physical presence (through regional offices) in the specific lottery location that you want to participate in. In this case, Mega Millions is available for play in most states in the United States.
This lets players to participate in games outside of their local lottery, which often has much smaller jackpot prizes than the multi-state Mega Millions.
The agents buy the Mega Millions lottery ticket on your behalf from local certified retailers such as groceries, convenience stores, gas stations, and similar retail outlets.
Next, they collect the prize money on behalf of the customer from the official operator of the lottery. Finally, they process credit card payments and other payment methods.
About Mega Millions
Mega Millions tickets cost $1.00 per play.
Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 to 15 - or select Easy Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
Winning Combinations and Lucky Digits
If you need help selecting a lucky combination, see this article on the most common Mega Millions winning numbers and overdue digits.
The jackpots start at $15 million and grow by a minimum of $5 million per draw each time the jackpot rolls.
What if you win the jackpot?
Annuity option: The Mega Millions annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5 percent bigger than the previous one. We used to pay the jackpot in equal installments, but players expressed concern that the cost of living would be increasing while their payments were not. We changed to payments that increase each year to help protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power.
See more information about the annuity option.
Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.
In addition to the jackpot, there are other prizes ranging from $1 to $1,000,000.
Most states offer a Megaplier feature to increase non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times; it costs an additional $1 per play. To find out if your state participates, visit the lottery website in the state in which you play.