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States with Mega Millions: Which ones participate in the U.S. lottery?

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States with Mega Millions

If you’re not purchasing lottery tickets on the Internet, you can participate in Mega Millions in 45 jurisdictions in the United States: 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

See map on the left to see where you can buy Mega Millions from brick-and-mortar outlets such as gas stations, groceries, and convenience stores.

Players with access to the Internet can purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets over the web through a lottery agent. Here are a few places on the web where you can purchase lotto tickets:

U.S. States Participating in Mega Millions

Here are the states where you can buy Mega Millions:

  1. Arizona
  2. Arkansas
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Delaware
  7. District of Columbia (U.S. territory)
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Idaho
  11. Illinois
  12. Indiana
  13. Iowa
  14. Kansas
  15. Kentucky
  16. Louisiana
  17. Maine
  18. Maryland
  19. Massachussetts
  20. Michigan
  21. Minnessota
  22. Missouri
  23. Montana
  24. New Hampshire
  25. New Jersey
  26. New Mexico
  27. New York
  28. North Carolina
  29. North Dakota
  30. Ohio
  31. Oklahoma
  32. Oregon
  33. Pennsylvania
  34. Rhode Island
  35. South Carolina
  36. South Dakota
  37. Texas
  38. Tennessee
  39. Vermont
  40. U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S. territory)
  41. Virginia
  42. Washington
  43. West Virginia
  44. Wisconsin

Buying Online

Making a Mega Millions purchase at a bricks-and-mortar store is different from buying over the Internet through a lotto agent.

With a purchase from a brick-and-mortar retailer, you can be limited depending on the jurisdiction in which you live.

For example, Mega Millions is not offered in states such as Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, Alaska, and Hawaii. If you live in any of these states, your neighborhood retailer won't be offering the popular multi-state lottery.

However, residents of these states can buy Mega Millions over the Internet. A lottery agent will buy the tickets on your behalf and keep a scanned digital copy of the purchase. If you win a cash prize, they'll notify you by phone or email.

Buying Mega Millions Outside of the United States

If you reside outside of the United States, you can still participate in Mega Millions. Your best strategy is to buy the lottery tickets over the web through a lotto agent.

Thus, lotto players in Canada, Europe, and virtually every other region in the world can buy Mega Millions tickets online. You'll need a major credit or debit card to make the purchase.

The Mega Millions draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

States With No Income Tax

The following six states won't tax your Mega Millions winnings:

  • Florida
  • New Hampshire
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • South Dakota
  • Washington

California and Pennsylvania will exempt a resident's winnings so long as they bought their tickets in-state.

What would you do if you won a massive jackpot? Share your dreams in the comments section below.

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