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Massachusetts Megabucks



Massachusetts Lottery
State lottery



The Massachusetts Megabucks Lottery used to be a key game within the State lottery organisation.


Where Available

Available in Massachusetts, though there are some concierge and betting services which offer this lotto.

How it Works

Date and time of draws

Draws for the Massachusetts Megabucks take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11.20 ET.

No. of balls and how to hit the jackpot

This is a fairly simple lottery with players choosing just 6 balls from a pot of 49.

Other Variations

There is a 'doubler' variation as with many US lotteries but it is free for 1 in 10 tickets and doubles all prizes except the jackpot.

Price, Tickets & Sales

Ticket Price

Massachusetts Megabucks ticket costTickets cost just $1 per line and the doubler option is a bonus that happens for 1 in 10 tickets.

Tickets Sold Per Draw

This is a small lottery that has passed its heyday. It sells around 200,000 tickets per draw and this number doesn't change too much week in week out. As with many US lotteries, the main state lottery has declined significantly in recent years, having been replaced by new customer favourites such as the Powerball and Megamillions. But these two aren't growing as fast as scratchcards and other keno type games. The Megabucks lottery now makes up just 0.5% of the lottery organisation's sales.

Sales per draw

As you'd expect from a game that is in (terminal?) decline, sales per capita on this lottery are a tiny 0.02 which makes it even loss popular per person in Massachussetts than its equivalent in New York - the New York Lotto.


Prize Table

Odds of hitting the jackpot

The prize table is pretty simple with prizes awarded just for 3, 4, 5 and 6 correct picks.

The odds of hitting the jackpot are lowish at 1 in 13m.

Balls and Bonus Balls
















*Average jackpot size when it is hit

Odds of winning any prize

The odds of winning any prize are pretty poor at 1 in 50, which is similar to the Australian lottery games. That said, though, the Australian lotteries tend to sell more tickets per player per draw (e.g. minimum purchase requirements on the Powerball) and so the low frequency of win is 'felt' less in Australia than in Massachusetts. The lowest tier prize is just 2x your stake so, overall, not much regular 'joy' on this lottery.


Minimum jackpot

The minimum jackpot guaranteed is very small at $500k. Also, it doesn't grow instantly from this figure either but needs several weeks for ticket contributions to exceed the minimum in order for it to start rolling over.

Average jackpot

The average jackpot if you're playing on subscription is around $3m.

Average jackpot when hit

Massachusetts Megabucks JackpotsWhen hit the Massachusetts Megabucks jackpot is likely to be around $6m.

Highest jackpot ever

The biggest jackpot ever won on the Megabucks was $21m, still heralded on their site today even though this was 30+ years ago.

Jackpot winners per year

With low sales volumes on this game you wouldn't expect to see many more than 1 or max 2 jackpot winners per year.

Contribution to the jackpot

With an average jackpot growth per draw of just $80,000 you wouldn't expect the contribution of stakes to the jackpot pool to be as high as 40% of stakes, which it is. But only once the minimum guaranteed amount has been 'covered'.

Return to Player


55% is the stated figure of prizes returned to players. This sort of tallies with our overall numbers but with jackpots representing such a high % of prizes, your own return to player RTP will vary considerably, depending on when you play.

RTP when first seeded

When first seeded, your RTP is very low at 0.21.

Massachusetts Megabucks return to player percentage vs other lotteries

Average RTP

If you happen to play regularly your RTP is 0.42.

RTP when jackpot typically hit

If you wait until it's more likely to be hit (and also more valuable) then your RTP is around 0.6.

Best RTP

If you're lucky enough (or patient enough) to wait until the jackpot hits $20m then you may get a bit of value if you choose to take the prize as an annuity.

Payouts and Taxes

Annuity vs Cash

Advertised jackpots are based on an annuity rather than cash. The value of a jackpot paid out in cash can be between 60% and 80% of the advertised 'annuity' value.


Taxes are levied at 30% (25% federal and 5% state).


Jackpot alerts

Massachusetts Megabucks jackpot alerts and jackpots summaryAt a more likely figure of $12m the Massachusetts Megabucks looks to be a value 'bet' but not if you consider taxes, the annuity vs cash deductions and the chances too of sharing your jackpot. At $19m, if you don't mind taking it over 30 years as regular annual payments, then you may get a bit of value. Set your jackpot alert to $20m but don't expect this to happen any time soon.


Inexpensive and good contributions to the jackpot pool as a % of stakes.


Too many to list here really. It has declined in popularity for a reason (or several reasons): chances of getting any win each week, low seeding, low jackpot growth (a function of its popularity more than anything), fair RTPs in principle except that they're annuity based and taxable. In urgent need of a revamp.


This is a state lottery in long term decline. It desperately needs a revamp to make it more attractive and to restore its fortunes. To play lotteries online, try our agent page.