Megabucks is one of several popular state lottery games operated by
Draws are held twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 21:00
local time, with tickets remaining on sale right up until the draw is
Tickets cost $1.00 for two entries into the draw.
To play, choose two sets of six numbers between 1 and 49,
or go for a Quick Pick for randomly generated numbers.
EZ Match numbers are available for an additional $1.00, which are printed
onto the ticket next to the corresponding prize amount. Players who match any
chosen EZ Numbers with their main Megabucks numbers win an instant cash prize
of up to $250.
Advance Play allows participants to enter up to 8 draws at a time.
Megabucks has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $1
This is a rollover lottery, with neither the jackpot or the number of
rollovers being capped.
The biggest ever winning Megabucks jackpot was $22.2 million in May 2015,
paid out as a cash lump sum for a reduced total of $15.7 million.
The odds of winning the Megabucks jackpot are 1 in 6,991,908, which are
typical odds for a 6/49 lottery, although there are other global lotteries with
similar chances of winning but with much better prizes.
Players can win prizes at four different tiers.
In the United States, all US lottery winnings over $600 are reported to the
Inland Revenue Service, with prizes over $5,000 having 25% deducted for federal
tax. Also, prizes over $2,000 are subject to state taxation of 7.65%.
Players have up to 180 days to claim Megabucks and EZ Match prizes.
Jackpot winners can choose to receive annual instalments or take a smaller
cash lump sum instead. Winners have 60 days to notify Wisconsin Lottery of this
decision, otherwise payments will be made as annual instalments by default.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Tickets can be purchased from authorized lottery retailers across
Megabucks is not available to players in other US states or to participants
Wisconsin Lottery was founded in 1988, with the first Megabucks draw taking
place on June 18, 1992, which was also the first game to offer twice-weekly
draws. Megabucks has maintained the same draw frequency and format throughout