Mega Millions is played 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands for a total of 44 jurisdictions.
"With millions of people playing (more than any other multi-state, mega-jackpot game in the U.S.)," according to lottery officials, "jackpots can roll to even higher levels at a faster rate. Jackpots start at $12 million. You choose six numbers and there are nine exciting ways to win in the game."
Tickets cost $1 each. To find a store near you where tickets are sold, visit the interactive map of retailers on the Mega Millions national website.
"Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46 - or select Easy Pick," according to lottery rules. "You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing."
A winner of the current jackpot can exercise a cash option estimated to be a lump-sum payment of $18 million, or choose a 26-year annuity option that would pay out about $962,500 per year before taxes.
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. MT and 8 p.m. PT.
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