The Mega Millions Jackpot starts out at $15 million. The jackpot then increases according to the number of people buying lottery tickets. To play Mega Millions, a person chooses six numbers at $1 per ticket. To win the jackpot, a player must match all six numbers. If no one wins the jackpot, it is rolled over into the next drawing.
The last person to win the Mega Millions is from Maryland. He won $189 million in the October 1, 2013 drawing. Mega Millions is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 15. However, the odds of winning the jackpot are around 1 in 258,890,850. Winners of the jackpot can choose either an annuity payment or the cash option which is a one-time, lump-sum payment.