The Mega Millions draw date is March 30, which means there is still time to pick the winning numbers. The jackpot is currently at an estimated $500 million with a $359 million cash option. So, how do you play?
How much is a Mega Millions ticket?
One Mega Millions ticket costs $1.00.
How do you play?
Each player gets to pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers, explains the Mega Millions website. Five different numbers must be from the range of 1 to 56, and one number from one to 46.
If you don't want to pick your numbers there is also an option for Easy Pick, in which six numbers are picked for you.
How do you win?
The jackpot (an estimated $500 million) is won when all six winning numbers are drawn. It is also possible to win other prizes besides the jackpot. Prizes range from $2 to $250,000.
What happens if you win the jackpot?
Congratulations! The annuity option allows the winner to have 26 annual payments. The website explains that for every $1,000,000 in the jackpot, you will receive approximately $38,500 per year before taxes.
A cash option is also available for jackpot winners. This option allows the winner to be paid a lump-sum at one time. The lump-sum is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool, which is currently $359 million.
Lottery rules vary state to state so be sure to visit your state lottery web site.