What is the Megaplier?

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Most Mega Millions players will have noticed the Megaplier as an add-on for your ticket. But what is this multiplier option and how does it work? Read on for all the answers about this exciting Mega Millions feature that could boost your winnings by up to five times.

Megaplier is an option that you can add to your Mega Millions ticket for an extra $1.00 per play. Megaplier must be added when you buy your ticket; it cannot be added later. Megaplier is available in all lottery jurisdictions where Mega Millions is played, except for California.

Megaplier multiplies the amount of any prize you win below the jackpot by up to five times. On the Mega Millions draw nights, Tuesday and Friday, a separate Megaplier number is randomly selected - it may be 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X. Any non-jackpot prizes you win are multiplied by this digit.

For example, if you hit the Mega Millions second prize by matching all five white balls and the 5X Megaplier was drawn, your prize would increase from $1 million to an incredible $5 million - just because you added Megaplier.

Mega Millions is one of the world's famous lottery games for a reason, with a $20 million starting jackpot that keeps rolling over and growing with every draw until someone hits it. You can find the current Mega Millions jackpot here.

View a full listing of the game's nine ways to win on the Mega Millions prizes and odds page.

Megaplier FAQs

  • Do you need Megaplier to win the jackpot? No - the Megaplier is not required to win the jackpot, and if you add Megaplier, it will not increase a jackpot win. Megaplier only multiplies pries below the jackpot. To take home the top prize, you'll need to match all six numbers drawn: the five white balls as well as the Mega Ball.
  • How do you win the Megaplier? If you added Megaplier to your ticket at the time of purchase, and win a prize other than the jackpot, Megaplier will automatically increase the win by the Megaplier number drawn (2X, 3X, 4X or 5X). When you claim your prize, you'll receive the multiplied amount.
  • What if you get the Mega Ball with Megaplier? If you match the gold Mega Ball on its own, you'll hit a $2 payout. With Megaplier, this could be up to $10 if the 5X multiplier is drawn.

Megaplier Prize Examples

Check the table below for examples of how much prizes can multiply depending on the Megaplier number drawn.

Be sure to check out the latest Mega Millions payouts including the Megaplier.

Numbers Matched 2x Megaplier 3x Megaplier 4x Megaplier 5x Megaplier
Match 5 $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000
Match 4 + Mega Ball $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000
Match 4 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500
Match 3 + Mega Ball $400 $600 $800 $1,000
Match 3 $20 $30 $40 $50
Match 2 + Mega Ball $20 $30 $40 $50
Match 1 + Mega Ball $8 $12 $16 $20
Match 0 + Mega Ball $4 $6 $8 $10

Megaplier Number Odds

See below for the chances of each Megaplier being drawn:

Megaplier Odds of being drawn
2x 1 in 3
3x 1 in 2.5
4x 1 in 5
5x 1 in 15

How to Check Mega Millions and Megaplier Numbers

You can always check your Mega Millions and Megaplier numbers from the latest seven draws online 24/7. Mega Millions plus Megaplier draws take place on Tuesday and Friday nights. Be sure to check your tickets - you could be a winner!

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