What is the Mega Millions Megaplier?

The Megaplier is a feature offered by the Mega Millions lottery and it can significantly multiply secondary prize divisions. By adding this feature to your ticket, the $1 Million second prize can be multiplied to as much as $5 Million! To benefit from this amazing feature, you only need to add the Megaplier option when you buy your Mega Millions tickets. That’s all! Keep reading to discover how it works, how much you will pay for it and why your investment is worth it.

The Megaplier is a number which the lottery officials extract before selecting the 5 main numbers and the Mega Ball. This is a very popular feature, as every lotto player dreams of boosting their winnings as much as they can. There are many players who won with the Megaplier, proving that this is one of the smartest investments you could make when playing this American lottery. Linda Evans from Virginia added the multiplier to her ticket, and when she matched the 5 main numbers in December 2016, she took home $5 Million instead of $1 Million!

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Another lucky player benefited from investing in the Megaplier in the 16th August 2016 draw. Reg Abare also won the secondary prize division, and took home $5 Million, thanks to the Megaplier! Below, you will find all the explanations you need to understand how to use the Megaplier and possibly become one of the lucky Mega Millions players.

1. What Is the Megaplier

5. Megaplier Cost

2. How Do You Play

6. Odds of Each Megaplier

3. How Much Do You Win

7. Megaplier vs Power Play

4. Megaplier's History

8. Is the Megaplier Worth It

What Is the Megaplier?

The Megaplier is optional feature you can add to your Mega Millions ticket. By opting to add this feature to your entry you potentially multiply the non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, or even 5 times, depending on the Megaplier ball selected in the respective draw.

For example, if you match the 5 main numbers you qualify for the second prize division, which is normally worth $1 Million. With the Megaplier, you could end up taking home a boosted prize of 2, 3, 4 or even $5 Million, depending on what number is selected in the draw!

How Do You Play the Megaplier?

First of all, you need to know that the Mega Millions draws are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. To participate in the draw, you need to choose five main numbers from a range of 1 to 70 and the bonus Mega Ball from 1 to 25.

When you purchase your Mega Millions tickets you have the possibility of adding the Megaplier to your lotto entry. You just need to tick the Megaplier multiplier box and you’re done! It obviously involves an additional cost per line, but it could take you from $1 Million to $5 Million, so you should certainly invest in this amazing feature.

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How Much Do You Win With the Megaplier?

Please keep in mind that the Megaplier only applies to the secondary prize divisions, so it never influences the value of the Mega Millions jackpot or your chances of winning it. The Megaplier extracted for the respective draw only defines the size of the non-jackpot prizes for the players that ticked that option on their lottery tickets. Check out our table below to see what the Megaplier can do:

megaplier prizes

As you can see, with a small investment, you can multiply secondary winnings as much as five times. Even for lower prize tiers, the multiplier can make a significant difference. For example, the fifth division prize normally amounts to $200 for getting three of the main numbers and the Mega Ball. Taking into account that this prize can increase up to $400, $600, $800, or even $1,000; the Megaplier is certainly worth your time.

Megaplier's History

The Megaplier was first implemented back in 2003 when it was offered only by the Texas Lottery. The concept was similar to the initial version of Powerball’s Power Play. Since 2010, the Megaplier feature became available in many other states, and between 2010 and 2013, the players who won the second prize with Megaplier automatically got the $1 Million prize multiplied by 4.

The current Megaplier rules and the various prize levels were implemented on October 18, 2013. Funnily enough, the first $5 Million second-tier prize in Mega Millions was awarded to a ticket holder who bought their entry in Texas, which is the state where the Megaplier was first introduced.

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How Much Does Megaplier Cost?

The regular price of the Megaplier is $1 if you can travel and buy your ticket on the territory of the United States. This is the price for at least one line of play. This option is only available to lotto fans who afford to pay for travel expenses to the US and purchase their tickets in person.

You’ll be glad to learn that you the option to purchase tickets online on theLotter Kenya. If you choose to include the Megaplier with the ticket you buy online, the final price will be $2.5 per line. To this sum, you have to add the cost of the lines you want to play, with a minimum of three.

Please keep in mind that these values are purely informative, as there may be offers or discounts available when you buy your ticket. We suggest you check our Mega Millions page to see the current ticket price.

The cost difference represents our fee, which allows us to offer our Kenyan players the chance to safely access their favourite lotto games. There is no other commission we takes from our online players, as we never place any fee on their winnings, regardless of how high or small the prize is. Get your lottery ticket online & try your luck at one of the most amazing games in the world!

What Are the Odds of Each Megaplier?

When we say Megaplier odds we don’t mean your odds of winning the jackpot or any secondary prize, we refer to the odds of having 2, 3, 4, or 5 as the Megaplier number selected in a certain draw. The lotto officials extract the Megaplier before the regular draw from a separate barrel with balls from a range of 1 to 15 balls. The most likely number to be extracted for the multiplier is 3, while the least likely is 5.

Take a look at our table below to see the chance of every 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



Learn more about the Mega Millions odds in our dedicated page as to see exactly how easy, or hard, it is to get any of the prizes of this American lottery.

Mega Millions' Megaplier vs Powerball's Power Play, Which is Better?

Mega Millions is not the only major lottery to offer a prize multiplier. In fact, the US Powerball, also has its own version of prize increasing feature, known as the Power Play.

The Power Play is an optional multiplier you can add to your standard Powerball ticket. The feature can multiply the non-jackpot prizes up to 10 times! With Power Play, the second prize division (Match 5+0) reaches $2 Million, while the lower tier prizes are multiplied according to the Power Play ball selected in that draw (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 10X).

To compare, with the Megaplier, your second prize (Match 5+0) can grow up to $5 Million if the Megaplier number selected for the draw is 5. The maximum value for the Megaplier is 5, while for the Power Play is 10.

Is it Worth it to Play Mega Millions With the Megaplier?

It is probably obvious by now that the Megaplier can increase your secondary prizes to mouth-watering amounts. However, you might still have doubts about how worthy this investment is. We think that the numerous players who managed to turn their dreams into reality by using the Megaplier are proof enough that you should definitely choose the multiplier. Don’t forget that the Megaplier can take your luck to new heights, so why not give it a shot?