Complete Guide Of the Mega Millions Megaplier

The Mega Millions Megaplier is a feature that can boost the secondary prize divisions in this major American lottery. With this multiplier, the second prize normally worth $10 Lakh can grow to reach as much as $50 Lakh! To take advantage of this amazing gameplay feature, you need to add the Megaplier option to your entry when you purchase your Mega Millions tickets. It’s that simple!

The Megaplier is randomly selected just before the 5 main numbers, drawn from a range from 1 to 70, and the additional Mega Ball, 1 out of 25. This multiplier is very popular among players because every lottery fan would do anything to boost their winnings as much as possible.

1. What Is the Megaplier?

5. Cost Of the Megaplier

2. Playing With Megaplier

6. Odds Of the Megaplier

3 Prizes With the Megaplier

7. Megaplier vs Power Play

4 History Of the Megaplier

8. Is the Megaplier Worth it?

To get an idea of how effective the Megaplier is and how much it can improve your winnings, take a look at the stories of previous winners. For example, Linda Evans from Virginia, who won with the Megaplier on the December 13, 2016 Mega Millions draw. She successfully matched the five main numbers and won the secondary prize division which normally amounts to $10 Lakh. Luckily, she was inspired enough to add the Megaplier to her winning ticket, which meant she ended up with $50 Lakh! Find out more about the Megaplier feature in our complete guide of the Mega Millions Megaplier. 

There were other players who managed to multiply their Mega Millions prizes. On 16 August 2016, Reg Abare won the secondary prize, as well, and thanks to the Megaplier, he scooped an extra $40 Lakh on top of the regular $10 Lakh amount! Below, you can find all the details you need to understand how this add-on feature works and why you should add it to your next Mega Millions entry.

What Is the Mega Millions Megaplier?

The Megaplier is an optional add-on feature the Mega Millions lottery offers to its players. By deciding to add this feature to your ticket you potentially multiply your non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, or even 5 times, based on the value of the Megaplier ball extracted in that respective draw.

If you match the five main numbers you become the winner of the second prize, normally worth $10 Lakh. If you added the optional Megaplier to your winning ticket and the selected Megaplier number of the draw was 4, your Match 5 prize will automatically become $40 Lakh instead of $10 Lakh.

How to Play Mega Millions With Megaplier?

The Mega Millions draws are held twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. All you need to do is select five main numbers from 1 to 70 and one additional number, the Mega Ball, from 1 to 25. You can then submit your Mega Millions ticket. To get a complete overview of how this amazing lottery works, we recommend taking the time to read our Mega Millions guide.

When buying your Mega Millions tickets you can add the optional Megaplier to your lottery entry. Just check the Megaplier multiplier box and you’re done! This multiplier comes with an additional fee per line, but it has the potential to turn a $10 Lakh prize into a $50 Lakh win!

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What Mega Millions Prizes Can You Multiply With the Megaplier?

The Megaplier add-on only influences the secondary prize divisions, it does not have any impact on the size of the Mega Millions jackpot or your chances of winning it. The Megaplier number extracted in the respective draw defines the boost in size for the other Mega Millions prizes (all except the jackpot). The table below gives you a clear overview of what the Megaplier can do for you:

megaplier prizes

With a relatively small expense, you can multiply secondary prizes as much as five times. Even for lower prize tiers, this still means a great improvement! Let’s take the fifth division as an example. The prize’s amount is usually $200 for matching three of the main numbers and the Mega Ball. The prize can grow up to $400, $600, $800, or even $1,000, according to the Megaplier drawn.

History Of the Megaplier

The Megaplier was first offered only by the Texas Lottery in 2003. Its concept was similar to the initial version of the Powerball’s Power Play. Since 2010, the Megaplier feature became available in many other states, and between 2010 and 2013, the winners of the second prize with Megaplier were always getting 4 times the $10 Lakh prize.

On October 18, 2013, the current Megaplier system and the different prize levels were introduced. Mega Millions awarded the first $50 Lakh second prize in to a ticket holder who bought their entry in Texas, the same state where the Megaplier was first introduced!

How Much Does the Megaplier Cost?

The standard cost of the Megaplier is of $1 for one line, if you can buy your ticket locally in the United States. However, this price only applies to lotto players who afford to pay for travelling to the US to purchase the tickets in person.

Thankfully, you have the option to play the lottery online on LottoSmile. If you decide to add the Megaplier to the ticket you buy online, the final price will end up at $2.5 per line. To get the final sum, you only need to add the cost of the lines you wish to play (the minimum being three).

You should remember that these values are purely informative, as we may have discounts or offers in place when you choose to buy your ticket. Take the time to check the Mega Millions play page to see the current price.

The difference between the standard price and the price of the ticket you buy on our platform represents our fee. This commission allows us to continue our mission of offering Indian lotto players the chance to play their favorite lotto games. This is the only commission LottoSmile takes from our online players, because we never take anything out of their winnings, regardless of how high or small their lotto prize is.

What Are the Megaplier Odds?

First of all, by Megaplier odds we don’t refer to the odds of winning the jackpot or any of the secondary prizes, we refer to the odds of getting 2, 3, 4, or 5 as the Megaplier number extracted in a draw. The Megaplier number is drawn before the regular draw from a separate barrel which contains 15 balls. Statistically, 3 is the most likely number to be chosen for the Mega Millions multiplier, while 5 is the least likely.

Check out the following table to see the probability of every Megaplier number being extracted:

Multiplier Balls Odds

2 times the prize won (2X)


1 in 3

3 times the prize won (3X)


1 in 2.5

4 times the prize won (4X)


1 in 5

5 times the prize won (5X)


1 in 15



How Does the Megaplier Compare to the Powerball's Power Play?

Another episode of the never-ending Mega Millions vs. Powerball competition! Of course, the Mega Millions is not the only lottery to offer a secondary-prizes multiplier because the US Powerball, also has the Power Play, its own version of a prize boosting feature.

The Power Play is an additional feature you can buy with your Powerball lotto ticket. This option can increase the non-jackpot prizes up to 10 times! With the Power Play, the second prize for matching 5 main numbers grows to $20 Lakh, while the rest of the lower prizes are multiplied according to the Power Play number extracted in that draw (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 10X).

So, with the Megaplier, your second prize (Match 5+0) can increase up to $50 Lakhmill if the Megaplier number selected for the draw is 5. The highest value of the Megaplier is 5, while for the Power Play is 10 (but not available for the second prize).

Is the Mega Millions Megaplier Worth It?

As you can see, the Megaplier can boost your secondary prizes to life-changing heights. However, you may still be reluctant to invest in this prize-boosting feature. We strongly believe that the stories of the numerous players who turned their dreams into reality by playing with the Megaplier, will show you that this minimum expense may be worth it.
However, you might still wonder if the investment is worth your time.
As there were numerous players who turned their dreams into reality by boosting their prizes with Megaplier, we believe the minimum expense will prove its worth. You may get lucky when playing Mega Millions, so why not multiply your luck by adding the Megaplier?