How to Play

What is Mega Millions®?

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with MEGA jackpots and MEGA fun! Jackpots start at $15 million and continue to grow until won. Mega Millions drawings are held each Tuesday and Friday. With Mega Millions and Powerball in North Carolina, lottery players can enjoy big jackpots 4 times a week! There are nine (9) exciting ways to win with Mega Millions.

How to Play

There are two play options for Mega Millions; a $1 Mega Millions ticket or a $2 Mega Millions Megaplier® ticket. For all drawings played, the Megaplier feature allows you to multiply your winnings on most prize levels 2 to 5 times, with the exception of the jackpot

For all other prize levels, except for the jackpot, the randomly selected multiplier (Megaplier) will be shown during the Mega Millions drawing and ranges from 2 to 5. The Megaplier selected in each drawing is the number used to multiply the bottom eight prize level winnings for that drawing. The jackpot prize is never multiplied. (For Megaplier prizes, see chart below)

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you purchase a Mega Millions ticket with the Megaplier for $2. If you match 4 of the 5 white balls to win the $500 prize and the Megaplier number for that drawing is 4, then you've just won $2,000 ($500 x 4 = $2,000).

Selecting Your Numbers

Once you have chosen your play type (Mega Millions or Mega Millions with the Megaplier), picking your numbers is easy! You can complete a play slip to select your favorite numbers or ask the retailer for a “Quick Pick” ticket to have the terminal select any or all of your numbers. You can play a total of five (5) sets of numbers on one play slip.

You can also choose to play in future drawings by using the same play slip for up to 26 consecutive drawings. To play consecutive drawings, you need to either select the “Multidraw” box on the play slip or ask the retailer for multiple draws at the time of purchase. If you win on any of the drawings during a Multidraw play, you can cash in your winnings at a retailer location and AN EXCHANGE TICKET will be printed for the remaining drawings that are still active on the ticket. Be sure to check your numbers and verify your ticket cost prior to purchase. A Mega Millions ticket CANNOT be cancelled after it is generated. The ticket, and not the play slip, is your proof of purchase.

All sales for Mega Millions stop at the draw close time of 10:45PM on the drawing days and resume following each drawing.

How to Complete a Play Slip

Each panel you play on a Mega Millions play slip cost $1.00; or $2.00 if the Mega Millions Megaplier is selected.

Mega Millions Playslip

Repeat Play

Repeat Play

Repeat Play is a feature available for all draw games that allows a retailer to simply scan the bar code on your existing ticket so you can replay your favorite numbers fast and easy! Repeat Play is an alternative to completing a play slip.

Repeat Play reprints all the selections from the original ticket including: your numbers, the number of draws, boards, play type, play amount, Megaplier and Power Play Option. Quick Pick wagers will be printed with the same numbers as the original wager. Tickets must be replayed within 30 days of original ticket creation. Repeat Play does recognize MultiDraw and will begin the draws on the first draw day available and continue for as many draws as the original ticket. Repeat Play is not available for Advance Play.

9 Ways to Win!

The jackpot prize is won by matching five white balls (1 through 75) in any order, plus one gold Mega Ball® number (1 through 15) for a total of six balls played. However, there are also eight (8) additional ways to win by matching fewer numbers to the numbers drawn. With 9 prize levels, including a second tier prize of $1,000,000, Mega Millions offers many chances to be a big winner!

Prizes & Odds
Match Prize Odds 1 in:
Approximate overall odds of winning are 1 in 14.71.
*The jackpot prize will be divided equally among winning tickets. The jackpot is paid in 30 graduated annual installments unless the cash option is selected at time of claim.
†All fixed prizes and Megaplier prizes may be reduced if claims exceed available prize fund. In such circumstances, these prizes may become pari-mutuel as defined in the game rules of Mega Millions and the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL). Pari-mutuel means that prize amounts are shared equally among all winners of the available prize pool for that prize level.
+ Jackpot* 258,890,850
$1,000,000† 18,492,204
+ $5,000† 739,688
$500† 52,835
+ $50† 10,720
$5† 766
+ $5† 473
+ $2† 56
$1† 21
Megaplier Prizes & Odds
Megaplier Prize Multiplier of 2
(Odds 1:7.50)
Multiplier of 3
(Odds 1:3.75)
Multiplier of 4
(Odds 1:5.00)
Multiplier of 5
(Odds 1:2.50)
$1,000,000* $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000
$5,000* $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000
$500* $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500
$50* $100 $150 $200 $250
$5* $10 $15 $20 $25
$5* $10 $15 $20 $25
$2* $4 $6 $8 $10
$1* $2 $3 $4 $5

How do I find out the winning numbers?

Drawings will be televised on the NCEL drawing station network on Tuesday and Friday nights at approximately 11:00PM EST. See below for a participating station in your area.

  • WRAL - Channel 5, Raleigh
  • WITN - Channel 7, Greenville, New Bern & Washington
  • WXLV - Channel 45, The Triad
  • WLOS - Channel 13, Asheville
  • WAXN - TV64, Charlotte
  • Online

WRAL 5 Logo    WITN 7 Logo    WXLV abc45 Logo    WLOS abc13 LogoWAXN:  TV64, Charlotte

You can also obtain winning number information or a copy of the game rules by calling the NCEL Customer Service hotline at 877-962-7529 ( TTY Number: 888-663-0154).

How to Claim your winnings?

If You Win The Mega Millions Jackpot, How Do You Claim?

If you are a winner of an NCEL Mega Millions jackpot prize, congratulations! You must sign the back of your original ticket immediately to preserve your ownership.

Prior to coming to the NCEL's Corporate Office in Raleigh, please call Customer Service at 877-962-7529 (9NC-PLAY). Customer Service can verify the actual winning numbers drawn for a particular drawing date and provide you with instructions on how to claim.

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