53ER17-70. MEGA MILLIONS®  


Effective on Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • 1(1) Definitions.

    3The following words and terms, when used in this rule, have the following meanings, unless the conte20xt clearly indicates otherwise:

    24(a) 25Advertised Jackpot Prize 28 29The estimated annuitized Jackpot Prize amount as determined by the Mega Millions 41Finance Committee prior to the Jackpot Prize drawing. The “Advertised Jackpot Prize” is not a guaranteed prize amount and the actual Jackpot Prize amount may vary from the advertised amount, except in circumstances where there is a guaranteed Jackpot Prize amount as described in paragraph (8)(e).

    87(b) 88Drawing 89 90refers collectively to the formal draw event for randomly selecting the winning indicia that determine the number of winners for each prize level of the MEGA MILLIONS117® 118game. Winning indicia include the Winning Numbers for the MEGA MILLIONS game.

    130(c) 131Jackpot Prize 133 134The top prize in the MEGA MILLIONS game.

    142(d) 143Just the Jackpot™ Plays (“JJ Plays”) 149shall refer to a purchased Play which includes two JJ Plays as part of the Just the Jackpot Promotion. Although the Florida Lottery is not offering the Just the Jackpot Promotion, the term Just the Jackpot Plays is used in this rule as it relates to the Jackpot Prize payout.

    199(e) 200Mega Millions Finance Committee 204 205A committee of the Mega Millions Lotteries that determines the Jackpot Prize amount (Cash Option and Annuity).

    222(f) 223MEGA MILLIONS Just the Jackpot Promotion. 229The MEGA MILLIONS Just the Jackpot Promotion is a limited extension of the MEGA MILLIONS game and is conducted in accordance with the MUSL MEGA MILLIONS Product Group rules. The Florida Lottery has elected not to offer the Just the Jackpot Promotion at this time.  Just the Jackpot will impact the amount of the Jackpot Prize in the MEGA MILLIONS game, and participants in Just the Jackpot in other lottery jurisdictions may win the MEGA MILLIONS Jackpot prize.

    307(g) 308Mega Millions Lottery or Lotteries 313 314Lotteries that have joined under the Mega Millions Lottery Agreement; the group of lotteries that has reached a Cross-Selling Agreement with the MUSL Product Group for the selling of the MEGA MILLIONS Game.

    347(h) 348MEGA MILLIONS Plays (“MM Plays”) 353shall refer to Plays purchased as part of the MEGA MILLIONS game, but shall not include JJ Plays or Megaplier Plays.

    374(i) 375Megaplier Plays 377shall refer to Plays purchased as part of the Megaplier play feature, as further described in paragraph (9)(b).

    395(j) 396MUSL 397 398The M400ulti-State Lottery Association.

    403(k) 404MUSL Board 406 407The governing body of the MUSL.

    413(l) 414Play 415 416The six numbers, the first five chosen from a field of seventy numbers and the last one chosen from a field of twenty-five numbers, that appear on a ticket as a single lettered selection to be played by a player in the MEGA MILLIONS game. Each Play is played separately in determining matches to winning numbers and prize amounts. As used in these rules, unless otherwise specifically indicated, “Play” inclu486des both MM Plays and JJ Plays.

    493(m) 494Product Group 496 497The group of lotteries that has joined together to offer the MEGA MILLIONS lottery game under the terms of its Cross-Selling Agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, the MUSL Agreement and the MUSL Mega Millions Product Group rules.

    535(n) 536Selling or Participating Lotteries 540 541A state lottery that is participating in selling the MEGA MILLIONS game and that may be a member of either MUSL or the Mega Millions Lotteries.

    567(o) 568Set Prize 570 571All prizes except the Jackpot Prize and, except as set forth in paragraph (9)(h) and (i), will be equal to the prize amount established by the Product Group for 600the prize level.

    603(p) 604Winning Numbers 606 607The indicia randomly selected during a drawing event which shall be used to determine winning Plays for the MEGA MILLIONS game contained on a ticket.

    632(2) How to Play MEGA MILLIONS.

    638(a) MEGA MILLIONS is a multi-state lottery Draw game (also known as an online lottery game) which is offered to players in Florida by the Florida Lottery via authorized Florida Lottery retailers. In MEGA MILLIONS, players select five numbers from a field of one through seventy and one number (the “Mega Ball”) from a separate field of one through twenty-five.

    698(b) Players may make their ticket selections by marking a play slip or by telling the retailer their desired selections. There are five panels on a play slip, each containing an upper play area and a lower play area. Each panel played will cost $2.00 per drawing. Players may mark their desired numbers on the play slip by selecting five numbers in the upper play area and one number in the lower play area from each panel played. Players may also mark the “QP” (Quick Pick) box located at the bottom of each play area for the terminal to randomly select one or more numbers from the applicable play area. A “Void” box is also located at the bottom of each panel and should be marked by the player if an error was made in his or her selections in a panel. For each panel played, the first five of the six numbers appearing in a single horizontal row on a ticket shall be the numbers selected from the upper play area of the play slip, and the last number shall be the number selected from the lower play area of the play slip.

    892(c) Play slips must be Florida Lottery approved and players must use only blue or black ink or pencil for making selections. The use of mechanical, electronic, computer generated or any other non-manual method of marking play slips is prohibited. Play slips may be processed through a Florida Lottery full service vending machine or processed by a retailer in order to obtain a ticket. Retailers also are authorized to manually enter numbers selected by a player.

    968(d) Advance Play. Players may play up to twenty-six consecutive drawings by using the “advance play” feature. To use the advance play feature, players may either mark the number of available drawings desired in the “Advance Play” section of a play slip or tell the retailer their desired number of consecutive advance drawings. The number of consecutive drawings marked will include the next available drawing and will apply to each panel (A-E) played. Advance play is not available with 1047Jackpot Combo. 1049In the event that a planned change in the MEGA MILLIONS game requires that the number of advance plays available for purchase be reduced to zero before implementation of the change, an advance play countdown schedule will be posted on the Lottery’s website.

    1092(e) 1093Jackpot Combo. Players may elect to play “Jackpot Combo” by marking the “Jackpot Combo $6” box on the play slip or by telling the retailer. Players will receive three Quick Pick tickets for the next available drawing consisting of one $2.00 FLORIDA LOTTO1136® 1137with XTRA ticket, one $2.00 POWERBALL1143® 1144ticket and one $2.00 MEGA MILLIONS1150® 1151ticket1152. 1153Tickets in Jackpot Combo play cannot be player s1162elected and cannot be canceled.

    1167(f) For an additional $1.00 per play, players may mark the Megaplier1179® 1180box to multiply the second through ninth prizes. Megaplier will apply to all panels 1194and advance play marked.

    1198(3) Drawings.

    1200(a) MEGA MILLIONS drawings shall be conducted by the Mega Millions Lotteries two times per week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 1221approximately 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

    1227(b) The Florida Lottery shall not be responsible for incorrect circulation, publication or broadcast of official winning numbers.

    1245(4) Determination of Prize Winners.

    1250In order for a ticket to be a winning ticket, numbers appearing in a single horizontal row on the ticket must match the official MEGA MILLIONS Winning N1278umbers 1279in any order for the drawing date for which the ticket was purchased, in one 1294of the following combinations:

    1298(a) Jackpot Prize: Five numbers selected from the first set of balls plus the number selected from the second set of balls.

    1320(b) Second Prize: Five numbers selected from the first set of balls and not the number selected 1337from the second set of balls.

    1343(c) Third Prize: Four numbers selected from the first set of balls plus the number selected from the second set of balls.

    1365(d) Fourth Prize: Four numbers selected from the first set of balls and not the number selected 1382from the second set of balls.

    1388(e) Fifth Prize: Three numbers selected from the first set of balls plus the number selected from the second set of balls.

    1410(f) Sixth Prize: Three numbers selected from the first set of balls and not the number selected from the second set of balls.

    1433(g) Seventh Prize: Two numbers selected from the first set of balls plus the number selected 1449from the second set of balls.

    1455(h) Eighth Prize: One number selected from the first set of balls plus the number selected from the second set of balls.

    1477(i) Ninth Prize: No numbers selected from the first set of balls and the number selected 1493from the second set of balls.

    1499(5) Limited to Highest Prize Won. The holder of a winning ticket may win only one prize per play in connection with the winning numbers drawn, and shall be entitled only to the prize won by those numbers in the highest matching prize category. All liabilities for a MEGA MILLIONS prize are discharged upon payment of a prize claim.

    1558(6) Odds of Winning.

    1562(a) The odds of winning the prizes described in subsection (4), 1573are as follows:

    15761. Jackpot Prize 1579 15801:1581302,575,350

    15842. Second Prize 1587 15881:158912,607,306

    15923. Third Prize 1595 15961:1597931,001

    15994. Fourth Prize 1602 16031:160438,792

    16065. Fifth Prize 1609 16101:161114,547

    16136. Sixth Prize 1616 16171:1618606

    16197. Seventh Prize 1622 16231:1624693

    16258. Eighth Prize 1628 16291:163089

    16319. Ninth Prize 1634 16351:163637

    1637(b) The overall odds of winning a prize in a MEGA MILLIONS drawing are 1:1652241653.

    1654(7) MEGA MILLIONS Prize Pool.

    1659(a) 1660The MEGA MILLIONS Prize Pool for all prize categories shall consist of up to fifty-five percent of each drawing period’s sales. The MEGA MILLIONS Prize Pool shall be funded in accordance with criteria set by the Product Group.

    1698(b) 1699Expected Prize Payout Percentages. The Jackpot Prize shall be determined on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in these rules, all other prizes awarded shall be paid as set prizes with the following expected prize payout percentages, although the actual prize payout percentage per drawing will vary by drawing.

    1748Match Per MM Play

    1752Prize

    1753Category

    1754Prize

    1755Payment

    1756Estimated Percentage of Prize Pool Allocated

    1762to Prize Category

    1765Five first set numbers and the one number of the second set

    1777Jackpot Prize

    1779Jackpot Prize

    178175.3018%*

    1782Five first set numbers and none of the second set

    1792Second Prize

    1794$1,000,000

    17977.9319%

    1798Four first set numbers and the one number of the second set

    1810Third Prize

    1812$10,000

    18141.0742%

    1815Four first set numbers and none of the second set

    1825Fourth Prize

    1827$500

    18281.2889%

    1829Three first set numbers and the one number of the second set

    1841Fifth Prize

    1843$200

    18441.3749%

    1845Three first set numbers and none of the second set

    1855Sixth Prize

    1857$10

    18581.6498%

    1859Two first set numbers and the one number of the second set

    1871Seventh Prize

    1873$10

    18741.4436%

    1875One first set number and the one number of the second set

    1887Eighth Prize

    1889$4

    18904.4752%

    1891None of the first set numbers and the one number of the second set

    1905Ninth Prize

    1907$2

    19085.4597%

    1909*The Jackpot Prize shall include the estimated MM Prize Pool percentage allocated to the Jackpot Prize combined with estimated JJ Prize Pool percentage allocated to the Jackpot Prize.

    1937(c) 1938Prize money allocated to the Jackpot Prize category will be divided equally by the number of MM Plays and JJ Plays determined to be winners of the Jackpot Prize.

    1967(d) 1968The number of Plays determined to be winners of the Second through Ninth Prize levels will be paid as Set Prizes, except as provided in paragraph (9)(h), 1995below. If all or any portion of the set prize pool is not awarded in the current MEGA MILLIONS drawing, that portion of the set prize pool shall be carried forward to subsequent MEGA MILLIONS drawings.

    2031(e) 2032Any interest or earnings accrued on a MEGA MILLIONS Set Prize prior to prize payment shall accrue to MUSL and not to the winner.

    2056(8) MEGA MILLIONS Jackpot Prize.

    2061(a) The prize money available in the Jackpot Prize pool will be divided equally among all Jackpot prize winning MM Plays and JJ Plays in all Participating Lotteries. 2089Neither MUSL, Mega Millions Lotteries nor the Florida Lottery shall be responsible or liable for the difference between the Advertised or estimated Jackpot Prize amount and the actual Jackpot Prize amount after the prize payment method is known to MUSL and Mega Millions Lotteries.

    2133(b) Players can cho2137ose one of two payment options for receiving their portion of the MEGA MILLIONS 2151Jackpot Prize2153. Payment options are “Cash Option” and “Annual Payment.” Jackpot Prize winners have sixty days after the winning draw date to choose between the two payment options. Once the Jackpot Prize winner signs the Winner Claim Form, files a claim and exercises the winner21972198s chosen option, the election of that option shall be final and cannot be revoked, withdrawn or otherwise changed except as provided in subparagraph (8)(d)4., 2223below.

    2224(c) 2225Cash Option Payment.

    2228The Cash Option amount offered shall be the Jackpot Prize annuity amount as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries, divided by a rate established by the Mega Millions Finance Committee prior to each drawing, divided by the number of total Jackpot Prize winning MM Plays and JJ Plays. 2276In order to select the Cash Option, the Jackpot Prize winner must submit his or her ticket for payment within sixty days after the winning draw date. If the Jackpot Prize winner does not elect the Cash Option within sixty days after the winning draw date, the Annual Payment option will be applied, except as provided in subparagraph (8)(d)2., 2335below. A Jackpot Prize winner who chooses the Cash Option payment will be paid in a single cash payment, less applicable federal income tax withholding.

    2360(d) Annual Payment Option.

    23641. The prize amount of a Jackpot Prize winner electing the Annual Payment option shall be the Annuitized Jackpot Prize amount, as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries, divided by the number of total Jackpot Prize winning MM Plays and JJ Plays in all Participating Lotteries. If a Jackpot Prize winner elects the Annual Payment option, his or her share of the Jackpot Prize will be paid in thirty graduated annual installments, each less applicable withholding taxes. 2441The Florida Lottery will make the initial and any subsequent payments of a prize upon receipt of funds for such prize from MUSL. 2464The initial payment shall be paid upon completion of internal validation procedures. The subsequent twenty-nine payments shall be paid annually to coincide with the month of the Federal auction date at which the bonds were purchased to fund the annuity. Payments shall escalate by a factor of five percent annually, and annual payments shall be rounded down to the nearest even one thousand dollar increment. All such payments shall be made within seven days of the anniversary of the annual auction date.

    25462. If individual winners’ shares 2551of the cash held to fund Annual 2558Payments are less than $250,000.00, the Product Group is authorized to pay the winners their share of the cash held in the Jackpot 2582Prize pool.

    25843. Annuitized payment of the Jackpot Prize or a share of the Jackpot Prize will be rounded to facilitate the purchase of an appropriate funding mechanism. Rounding differences on an annuitized Jackpot Prize win shall be added to the first cash payment to the winner or winners. Prizes other than the Jackpot Prize, which under this rule may become single-payment, pari-mutuel prizes, will be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Rounding differences resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the MEGA MILLIONS Prize Pool for the next drawing.

    26824. In the event of the death during the annuity payment period of a MEGA MILLIONS winner who elected the Annual Payment option, the estate of the deceased winner (the “Estate”) may file a petition with the Florida Lottery to accelerate payment of all the remaining prize proceeds to the Estate. Such petition will be forwarded by the Florida Lottery to MUSL for processing. MUSL will decide, in its sole discretion, whether or not to grant the payment, and if so, the form of such payment, whether in securities or cash.

    2773(e) Guaranteed Minimum Jackpot Prize. The minimum guaranteed annuity MEGA MILLIONS Jackpot Prize amount is $40 million and each successive Jackpot Prize in the same roll cycle will be at least $5 million more than the previously established Jackpot.

    2812(f) 2813Jackpot prizes won, including guaranteed Jackpot prizes, shall be funded by the Selling Lotteries in accordance with the formula set by the Mega Millions Lotteries.

    2838(g) If the Jackpot Prize is not won in a drawing, the prize money allocated for the Jackpot Prize shall roll over and be added to the Jackpot Prize pool for the next consecutive MEGA MILLIONS drawing.

    2875(h) Federal income taxes shall be applied and withheld from the prize amount at the time payment is made, pursuant to applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and Code of Federal Regulations.

    2908(i) Any interest or earnings accrued on a MEGA MILLIONS Jackpot Prize prior to prize payment shall accrue to MUSL and not to the winner.

    2933(9) MEGA MILLIONS Megaplier2937®2938.

    2939(a) The Megaplier Prize Pool. The Megaplier2946® 2947Prize Pool for Megaplier prize categories shall consist of up to fifty-five percent of each drawing period’s sales. The Megaplier Prize Pool shall be funded in accordance with criteria set by the Product Group. The actual prize payout percentage per drawing will vary by drawing. The Megaplier Prize Pool shall be carried forward to subsequent drawings if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the Megaplier prizes awarded in the curren3022t drawing.

    3024(b) The Megaplier option shall be available in association with the MEGA MILLIONS game. At the time of purchasing a ticket, a player may choose the Megaplier feature for an additional $1.00 per MM Play for each MM Play on the MEGA MILLIONS ticket (“Megaplier Play”) to increase the guaranteed prize amount for the second through ninth tier prizes. The MEGA MILLIONS Jackpot Prize is not eligible for increase under the Megaplier option or by means of the Just the Jackpot Promotion

    3106(c) Megaplier Drawing. A separate random Megaplier drawing will occur before every MEGA MILLIONS drawing to determine one multiplier number for that drawing, which will be a 2, 3, 4, or 5. The multiplier number drawn will be used to multiply the value of the prizes for the second through ninth tiers. In the event the multiplier drawing does not occur prior to the MEGA MILLIONS drawing, the multiplier number will be a 5. The multiplier number may also be referred to as the Megaplier number.

    3192(d) 3193The following table sets forth the probability of the various multiplier numbers being drawn during a single Megaplier 3211drawing.

    3212Multiplier

    3213Probability of Prize Increase

    32175X

    32181 in 15

    32214X

    32223 in 15

    32253X

    32266 in 15

    32292X

    32305 in 15

    3233Multiplier numbers do not apply to the MEGA MILLIONS Jackpot Prize

    3244(e) Application of multiplier number.

    32491. Second through Ninth Prizes. The multiplier number selected is the number that is used to increase the prize amount for the Second through Ninth Prizes. A Second through Ninth Prize winner who purchases the Megaplier feature with his or her MEGA MILLIONS ticket shall be paid a prize in the amount of the set prize amount multiplied by the multiplier number for that drawing.

    33142. Jackpot Prize. The Megaplier feature does not apply to the Jackpot Prize.

    3327(f) The Product Group is authorized to conduct sales promotions in which the multiplier features are changed.

    3344(g) MEGA MILLIONS tickets that win the Second through Ninth Prizes with the Megaplier option will pay the amounts shown below3365:

    3366Match

    3367Prize

    3368Without

    3369Megaplier

    3370With Megaplier 2X

    3373With Megaplier 3X

    3376With

    3377Megaplier

    33784X

    3379With Megaplier 5X

    3382Match 5+0

    3384Second

    3385$1,000,000

    3388$2,000,000

    3391$3,000,000

    3394$4,000,000

    3397$5,000,000

    3400Match 4+1

    3402Third

    3403$10,000

    3405$20,000

    3407$30,000

    3409$40,000

    3411$50,000

    3413Match 4+0

    3415Fourth

    3416$500

    3417$1,000

    3419$1,500

    3421$2,000

    3423$2,500

    3425Match 3+1

    3427Fifth

    3428$200

    3429$400

    3430$600

    3431$800

    3432$1,000

    3434Match 3+0

    3436Sixth

    3437$10

    3438$20

    3439$30

    3440$40

    3441$50

    3442Match 2+1

    3444Seventh

    3445$10

    3446$20

    3447$30

    3448$40

    3449$50

    3450Match 1+1

    3452Eighth

    3453$4

    3454$8

    3455$12

    3456$16

    3457$20

    3458Match 0+1

    3460Ninth

    3461$2

    3462$4

    3463$6

    3464$8

    3465$10

    3466(h) 3467If, with respect to a single MEGA MILLIONS drawing, the total of the MEGA MILLIONS Set Prizes and the Megaplier prizes awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pools allocated to the Set Prizes, and there are insufficient funds from all sources to pay the Set Prizes for a particular MEGA MILLIONS drawing (including Megaplier prize amounts), then the highest Set Prize (including the Megaplier prize amount) shall become a pari-mutuel prize. If the amount of the highest Set Prize, when paid on a pari-mutuel basis, drops to or below the next highest Set Prize and there are still not sufficient funds to pay the remaining Set Prizes, the next highest Set Prize, including the Megaplier prize amount, shall become a pari-mutuel prize. This procedure shall continue down through all Set Prize levels, if necessary, until all Set Prize levels become pari-mutuel. MEGA MILLIONS and Megaplier prizes will be 3619reduced by the same percentage.

    3624(i) MEGA MILLIONS set prizes that become pari-mutuel will be rounded down so that they can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Funds remaining after rounding shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next MEGA MILLIONS 3664drawing.

    3665(j) MEGA MILLIONS with Megaplier prizes shall be paid in single, lump-sum payment, less any applicable federal income tax withholding.

    3685(10) MEGA MILLIONS Rules and Prohibitions.

    3691(a) By purchasing a MEGA MILLIONS ticket, a player agrees to comply with and abide by all rules of the Florida Lottery.

    3713(b) 3714Florida MEGA MILLIONS prizes shall be claimed only through a Florida Lottery retailer (for prizes less than $600) or Lottery office beginning on the first business day following the drawing. The Florida Lottery is not authorized to accept claims or pay prizes for MEGA MILLIONS tickets purchased in other jurisdictions. MEGA MILLIONS 3766prize payments shall be made in accordance with the rule of the Florida Lottery governing payment of prizes. A copy of the current rule can be obtained from the Florida Lottery, Office of the General Counsel, 250 Marriott Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4011. 3808Notwithstanding the foregoing referenced rule of the Florida Lottery governing payment of prizes, under no circumstances will a claim be paid for either the Jackpot Prize or the Second Prize without an official MEGA MILLIONS ticket matching all game Play, transaction serial number and other validation data residing in the Florida Lottery’s computer gaming system and such ticket shall be the only valid proof of the Play purchased and the only valid receipt for claiming or redeeming such prize.

    3887(c) Subject to a retailer’s hours of operation and on-line system availability, MEGA MILLIONS lottery tickets are available for purchase daily between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:039160 midnight 3918(3919ET3920)3921. Ticket sales for a specific MEGA MILLIONS drawing will close at 10:00 p.m. 3935(3936ET3937), 3938on the night of the drawing. Any ticket sold after the close of game will 3953be printed with the next MEGA MILLIONS drawing date.

    3962(d) MEGA MILLIONS tickets 3966cannot be canceled.

    3969(11) The effective date of this emergency rule is October 28, 2017.

    3981Rulemaking Authority 398324.105(9)(a), 3984(b), (c), (e), (f), (h), 398924.109(1), 399024.115(1) FS. 3992Law Implemented, 399424.105(9)(a), 3995(b), (c) (e), (f), (h), 400024.115(1), 400124.124(1) FS. 4003History40044005New 10-28-17, Replaces 53ER16-54.