FAQs

Mega Millions

Q: How do I claim my prize?
A: Visit the How To Claim page (http://nc-educationlottery.org/info_how-to-claim.aspx) on this website, for information on how to claim your prize.
Q: What is Mega Millions®?
A: Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with MEGA jackpots and MEGA fun. You choose six numbers and there are nine exciting ways to win in the game.
Q: When are the drawings?
A: Tuesday and Friday at approximately 11:00 p.m. EST
Q: What is the ticket cost?
A: $1 per play per draw, unless you choose the Megaplier®, which is $2 per play per draw.
Q: What is the Megaplier®?
A: This feature allows a player to multiply their winnings of all set prizes (all prizes except the jackpot prize) by a number randomly drawn just before the Powerball drawing. Megaplier players who win any of the set prizes are guaranteed to multiply their winnings up to 2, 3, or 4 times.
Q: What are the odds of winning?
A: The overall odds of winning are 1:40. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,711,356.
Q: Do you have to match the numbers in exact order to be a winner?
A: No, as long as you have the numbers drawn listed on your ticket in a single line, it does not matter what order they are drawn. However, you do have to match the Mega Ball® exactly.
Q: Can I get the computer to pick my numbers?
A: Yes. Just ask for Quick Pick ticket. This gives players the option to have the Lottery terminal select any or all of their numbers.
Q: Can I buy tickets for more than one drawing at a time?
A: Yes. Players can purchase a multi-draw ticket for up to 26 consecutive draws, including the current draw.
Q: What is an exchange ticket?
A: If a player wins on a multi-draw ticket, and still has draws left on that ticket, when the winning ticket is validated and paid, a new ticket covering the remainder of the draws will be printed in “exchange” for the ticket that is being paid out.
Q: What is the cut-off time to purchase Mega Millions tickets before the drawing?
A: The deadline for purchases before the drawing on Tuesday and Friday is 10:45 EST.
Q: Can Mega Millions tickets be canceled?
A: No, so it is imperative that you verify the cost of the ticket with your player prior to producing the ticket. The terminal will prompt you with a confirmation screen for any multi-draw ticket and ticket purchase over $10.
Q: Where are the numbers drawn?
A: Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.
Q: Can you use a playslip from another Mega Millions state?
A: There will be a separate Mega Millions playslip designed for North Carolina. Because each state’s online machines operate differently, you cannot use a playslip from another state.
Q: How does Mega Millions work? Where does the money go?
A: All profits from the game are kept by the state that sells the tickets. The members share the cost of operating the association based on their percentage of total sales. The association conducts drawings, performs central game administration (including game development and research), and manages central accounting and the purchase of government securities to fund annualized prizes.
Q: How long do I have to collect a Mega Millions prize?
A: It depends on the state where you bought your tickets. In North Carolina, all online game tickets must be redeemed within 180 days of the drawing date.
Q: Can a group of people share a Mega Millions prize?
A: Yes, Mega Millions prizes can be shared. Winners can decide how to share a prize when they claim it. Some restrictions do apply.
Q: What are the payout options?
A: If you are a Mega Millions jackpot winner, you will have the choice of a Cash Option or an Annual Payout. Annuity option: Provides annual payments over a 26-year period. Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. Prize claim parameters vary from state to state.
Q: What happens if I lose a ticket?
A: The North Carolina Education Lottery and Mega Millions are NOT responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Protect yourself by signing the back of your tickets. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. Unless signed, anyone in possession of the ticket can file a claim.
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