The Mega Millions lottery is a United States venture operated throughout twelve states. It began under the name “The Big Game” in 1996, when only six states were participating in the drawing. The game rules were revamped in conjunction with the name change to “Mega Millions” in May 2002.
Who Won the Lottery? How to Find Out Mega Millions Lotto Jackpot Winners
All jackpots start at $12 million, and the lotto jackpot amount increases every week that passes without a winner. The highest jackpot to date reached $390 million; according to the Mega Millions website, this is the largest lotto jackpot ever recorded in all of North America.
Mega Millions lottery winners are never known immediately. Lottery officials know where winning tickets were sold, but not the identities of the winners. Stories about the big jackpot winners are sometimes posted on the lottery’s website once the winners’ identities are known and they have come forward to claim their prizes.
Stories about those who won the lottery will have catchy headlines such as “Five steel mill workers split $300 million jackpot.” Look for the red box on the right side of the megamillions.com homepage. Only the most recent headlines will appear on the homepage; click on “All News” to read more press releases. Mega Millions winners have varying lengths of time to claim their prizes, depending on the state lottery rules where the ticket was purchased. Time allotted to claim a prize ranges from 180 to 365 days.
Where to Play Mega Millions- CA, GA, IL, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, TX, VA, WA
Mega Millions is currently offered in 12 states in the USA. Participating states are predominantly located in the eastern U.S.; only two west coast states are involved with the Mega Millions lottery. The game can be played in the following states:
• New Jersey
• New York
Mega Millions Winning Lottery Numbers- Tuesday & Friday Weekly Drawings
The winning numbers are announced Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. Eastern time (10 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Pacific). The fastest way to find out Mega Millions winning numbers is to tune into an actual drawing on a local television station. Barring access to such an airing, another means of finding out Mega Millions winning numbers after a lottery drawing is to check the Mega Millions website (megamillions.com). Upon drawing completion, the results are typically posted online the night of the drawing, although the exact time lag may vary from week to week.
Tickets can typically be purchased up to 15 minutes before the drawing. The actual drawings are held in Atlanta, GA