Players choose five numbers from a pool of 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from a pool of 1 to 25 for the yellow Mega Ball in the Mega Millions game format. The jackpot may be won by matching all six of the drawn numbers exactly. .
The Mega Millions drawing and jackpot rollover take place every Tuesday and Friday night at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. If there is no jackpot winner, the money accumulates until the following drawing.
Winners of the Mega Millions jackpot may choose between receiving their money all at once or spreading it out over 30 monthly payments with an annuity. The majority of winners choose the cash payout.