PA Mega Millions Numbers
Check the latest Mega Millions numbers from the most recent draws. One of the biggest U.S. lotteries features a multi-million dollar jackpot that keeps rolling until it's won, with no limit to how high it can climb. Mega Millions is the only American game with a second prize of up to $5 million (Match 5 + Megaplier) and is played in 47 jurisdictions and online. Tickets cost $2 and there are nine ways to win.
Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesday and Friday nights in Atlanta, Georgia at 11:00 pm ET. In Pennsylvania, tickets are sold until 9:59 pm ET on draw nights.
The minimum starting jackpot and rollover amounts are determined by sales and announced before every draw.
How to Play
Select five main numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. You can also choose a computer-selected Quick Pick to produce your numbers. Each play costs $2.
Megaplier is an optional add-on that multiplies prizes below the jackpot up to five times and costs an extra $1 per play. Before each draw, a Megaplier number is randomly chosen. There are 15 potential Megaplier balls: Five balls multiply by 2X, six by 3X, three by 4X and one by 5X.
The multi-draw option is the most convenient way to play your lucky numbers more than once - check the box to play for up to 13 weeks (26 consecutive draws).
Check your numbers on this page after the draw to see if you've won a prize.
How to Win
Mega Millions offers a a total of nine prize levels.
Win the jackpot if you match all six numbers drawn (five main balls and the gold Mega Ball). The starting jackpot amount is set based on ticket sales, and with no cap or limit, it continues to grow with each draw until it's won.
If you win the top prize, you can choose between two payout options - annuity or cash.
The annuity is paid over 30 years, as one immediate payment plus 29 yearly payments. Each payout is 5 percent bigger than the last one. You'll eventually receive the full advertised jackpot amount, which reflects the money being invested over time.
The cash option is a single lum-sum payment of the money that's in the prize pool at the time of the drawing. It's always less than the advertised jackpot value since the money has not been invested as it is with the annuity.
The Mega Millions second prize, Match 5, is worth $1,000,000 - or up to $5 million if you added Megaplier when you bought your ticket. The remaining prize levels are all set cash amounts that can also be multiplied with Megaplier.
The table below shows the prize values and chances of winning for each tier:
|5 of 5 + Mega Ball||Jackpot||1 in 302,575,350|
|5 of 5||$1,000,000||1 in 12,607,306|
|4 of 5 + Mega Ball||$10,000||1 in 931,001|
|4 of 5||$500||1 in 38,792|
|3 of 5 + Mega Ball||$200||1 in 14,547|
|3 of 5||$10||1 in 606|
|2 of 5 + Mega Ball||$10||1 in 693|
|1 of 5 + Mega Ball||$4||1 in 89|
|Mega Ball Only||$2||1 in 37|
|Overall odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are approximately 1 in 24|
Megaplier Prize Multiplier
The Megaplier option increases prizes below the jackpot. Megaplier may be added when you purchase your ticket for an extra $1 per play. Before each draw, a Megaplier number of 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X is randomly drawn. Non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by that number.
For example, if you won the Match 5 second prize, it's normally $1 million. If you added Megaplier and 5X is drawn, your ticket is now worth $5 million!
Here's a full breakdown of how Megaplier increases the value of non-jackpot wins:
|Match||Prize if Megaplier is:|
(1 in 3)
(1 in 2.5)
(1 in 5)
(1 in 15)
|5 of 5||$2,000,000||$3,000,000||$4,000,000||$5,000,000|
|4 of 5 + Mega Ball||$20,000||$30,000||$40,000||$50,000|
|4 of 5||$1,000||$1,500||$2,000||$2,500|
|3 of 5 + Mega Ball||$400||$600||$800||$1,000|
|3 of 5||$20||$30||$40||$50|
|2 of 5 + Mega Ball||$20||$30||$40||$50|
|1 of 5 + Mega Ball||$8||$12||$16||$20|
|Mega Ball Only||$4||$6||$8||$10|
Pennsylvania Mega Millions Winners
The winner of the largest Pennsylvania Mega Millions prize is Steven Peloquin. The Mechanicsville, Virginia truck driver won the $153,000,000 jackpot in the July 21, 2015 draw. He bought the winning ticket from the Penn 80/Flying J Travel Plaza in Milton, Northumberland County during a work trip in Pennsylvania. Peloquin chose the cash lump sum of $91,800,000. His win was the fourth-largest prize in the Pennsylvania Lottery's history and the second Mega Millions jackpot won in the state.
“I was getting ready to turn in last Saturday night when I went online to check my numbers,” Peloquin said. “Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep that night.”
He snapped a photo of the ticket and sent it to a couple of close family members to confirm his eyes weren't playing tricks on him. They verified that he really had matched all six numbers.
Peloquin said at the time that he and his wife planned to retire and enjoy more family time.
The first player to take home a Mega Millions jackpot in the Keystone State was Pittsburgh man Carl Szott, who won $149,000,000 in the May 20, 2014 draw. He purchased the lucky ticket at the White Oak Gas and Grocery in White Oak, Allegheny County. Szott chose to receive his win as a $86,700,000 cash payout. The jackpot was the fifth-largest of all time for the Pennsylvania Lottery.
"Winning the jackpot has been a surreal experience," Szott said when he and his wife Janet claimed their prize. "We hope that very little in our lives will change; we are really excited to be able to spend more time with our children and grandchildren."
How to Claim Prizes
How great does it feel to win a Mega Millions prize? You're close to getting your payout - you just need to complete a simple claims process first.
It's crucial to sign the back of your winning ticket and make sure you claim within one year of the draw date so your prize doesn't expire. You can redeem your ticket by mailing it to the lottery. They'll complete the formalities and send you a check. If you've won more than $600, enclose a claim form along with your ticket.
Claiming at a retailer is also an option if your prize is up to $2,500.
If you're amazingly lucky and have won the jackpot, you'll need to make an appointment to claim at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters in Middletown.
Please see the Where to Claim Prizes page for additional information.
You'll need to be aged at least 18 to purchase Mega Millions tickets or claim prizes.
Pennsylvania Lottery wins over $5,000 are subject to 25 percent federal tax withholdings, and since 2016, state taxes of 3.07 percent are also due.
Mega Millions grew out of a lottery called The Big Game that launched in six states on September 6, 1996. A record-breaking $363 million win got the new lottery national headlines. The game became increasingly popular and eventually the name was changed to Mega Millions.
For some time, Mega Millions' growth was hampered by exclusivity agreements state lotteries had with Powerball. In order to sell Powerball tickets, states had to agree not to sell Mega Millions, and vice versa. Eventually, an agreement was reached to let states take part in both games, and Mega Millions really took off.
Pennsylvania launched Mega Millions ticket sales on January 31, 2010 along with 22 other states. The first drawing Pennsylvania participated in took place on February 2 and produced a $250,000 second prize win for a lucky PA player.
Mega Millions underwent a makeover in October 2017. The starting jackpot increased from $15 million to $40 million and players could now choose from 70 main numbers, down from 75, and 25 Mega Ball numbers, up from 15.
The biggest-ever Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion, won by a player in South Carolina on October 23, 2018. That epic win also set the world record for largest jackpot won by a single ticket. The winner has opted to remain anonymous, releasing a statement through her lawyer. She claimed the $877.7 million cash option one-time payment.
Mega Millions is played in 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The latest state to join was Mississippi, where tickets went on sale on January 30, 2020. The launch was received enthusiastically by players who lined up outside retailers before sunrise for their chance at a multi-million dollar payday.