Before you let your imagination run wild with your newfound fortune, grasp the rules of the game.

o play, select six numbers: five between 1 and 70, and a single Mega Ball ranging from 1 to 25.

Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn on Tuesday and Friday nights at 10pm.

Each Mega Millions ticket commands a $2 investment, and some states provide an optional Megaplier for an extra $1.

Claiming the jackpot necessitates nailing all six numbers with precision.

t's your choice: handpick your lucky numbers or entrust fate with randomly generated digits.

Discover if your state participates in Mega Millions; 45 states and D.C. offer tickets, but not Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, or Utah.

Diverse payment options are available based on your state, including credit cards, debit cards, and the tried-and-true cash method.

For those in ticket-less states, rallying support from friends in neighboring states might be your lifeline.