What Is The Mega Millions Megaplier, And How Does It Increase Your Lottery Prizes?


What is the Mega Millions Megaplier?

Mega Millions players have the option to activate a prize multiplier, called Megaplier, in 45 of its 46 jurisdictions.

According to Mega Millions, most states use a Megaplier feature for the Mega Millions in which players can increase non-jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. In a participating state, you can play the Megaplier for an extra $1.

Any non-jackpot prize won on a Mega Millions play will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn if you have purchased the Megaplier feature.

For example, if you win the $1 million second-tier prize in Mega Millions, and the Megaplier number drawn is 5, your prize would be $5 million.

The Megaplier was made available to all Mega Millions states in January 2011. It began as an option available only in Texas.

The Megaplier is drawn by the Texas Lottery (before the cross-sell expansion on January 31, 2010, it was the only lottery to offer Megaplier), which is drawn by a random number generator (RNG)

To find out if your state participates, see our lottery games page.


LUCKY MULTIPLIER: Tommy Matheny thought he had only won $250,000 but forgot that he had included the Megaplier for the Hoosier Mega Millions.

About Mega Millions

Players pick 6 numbers from two separate pools of numbers - 5 different numbers from 1 to 70 and 1 number from 1 to 25 - or select Easy Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing. Mega Millions tickets cost $2.00 per play.