Mad For Mega Millions

It’s currently one of the biggest lottery games in the United States, second only to the Powerball game. But just because it’s #2 in magnitude doesn’t mean it pays out any less in jackpots. Here’s a short introduction to the game that has everyone talking.

A Mega Millions History – From Big to Bigger

Before taking on its present name, Mega Millions was known as The Big Game back when the first tickets were sold in a half-dozen states in August 1996. May 2002 saw The Big Game turn into Big Game Mega Millions, and the first Mega Millions lottery was drawn on May 17, 2002. At present, the game has 12 participating state with California, which came aboard in 2005, as it’s newest member.

The MegaMillions jackpots that have been won and claimed have so far varied from around $7 million to $390 million – the world’s largest jackpot to date. This lottery game holds its fair share of record jackpots, such as the largest single-ticket jackpot – an advertised $315 million – that was won in November 2005.

Can You Really Get the Mega Millions?

You play the game by choosing five regular numbers plus an additional number for a total of six. If all your five numbers match the ones in the draw and your additional number is the one drawn for the gold ball, then there’s a million-dollar jackpot check out there with your name on it. Easy enough, right?

Statistically speaking, it’s not so simple. Since you can choose five different numbers from 1 to 56 and an additional one from 1 to 46, you have a 1 in 175,711,536 chance of matching all six numbers and getting the jackpot. Now, it might sound like that’s close to impossible, but countless people from all over the United States have won the Megamillions jackpot before. It’s on the improbable side, yes, but it’s far from impossible.

Is There a Strategy to MegaMillions?

Again, you can use probability to definitively answer this question. If you’re looking for a way to gain an advantage or turn the odds in your favor, you’re out of luck. You basically have the same chances of winning as the next person. Do you remember that pal of yours who keeps mentioning a secret to the lottery? He or she is either pulling your leg, or having his or her leg pulled. Don’t fall for it.

There is, however, a smart way to play the Mega Millions game. First of all, you may want to consider a set of pet numbers if you’re really bent on winning this jackpot. The numerical probability of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is calculated ceteris paribus – that is, all other things (like the numbers you bet on) are constant. You might just be messing up the statistical numbers if you keep mixing up your lotto numbers.

Remember that the lottery, MegaMillions or otherwise, is purely a game of luck and chance. There’s no concrete way for you to improve your chances of winning the Mega Millions jackpot. If ever, you’ll have to settle for the next best thing – keeping the odds from turning against you. Meanwhile, keep betting and keep crossing your fingers.