The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night — here’s the deadline to buy a ticket in every state
Feeling lucky? The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at a staggering $1.6 billion, making it the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
Mega Millions jackpots keep growing bigger and bigger when no one wins the grand prize. And nobody had the Mega Millions winning numbers last week, when the jackpots hit $868 million on Tuesday and $1 billion on Friday — both of which would have set records as the highest Mega Millions jackpots ever.
The Mega Millions grand prize has rolled over again, and the payout for Tuesday night’s drawing is now $1.6 billion, with a lump sum payout of $904 million.
For U.S. lottery games, we are in uncharted territory: The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the highest lottery grand prize ever in the U.S., nudging ahead of the record-high $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot drawn in early 2016.
When are the Mega Millions winning numbers drawn?
Mega Millions drawings are always on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 11 p.m. ET. The next Mega Millions drawing — when the all-time high $1.6 billion jackpot is on the line — is Tuesday, October 23.
You can find out the winning Mega Millions numbers at lottery.net and megamillions.com. Live broadcasts of the Mega Millions results are also shown on many nightly TV news programs.
If you’re wondering how to play Mega Millions, the simplest way is to buy a ticket with machine-picked numbers from a participating retailer. Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A winning Mega Millions ticket can pay out a prize ranging from $2 up to the jackpot. The odds of having all six numbers correct and winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.
What is the deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets?
The deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets varies from state to state. That’s why we rounded up the Mega Millions cutoff times around the country below. Be aware that some retailers may have long lines of customers waiting to buy Mega Millions tickets. So it’s best not to wait until the last minute if you want a chance at the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday.
Each Mega Millions ticket will have the corresponding drawing date printed on it. If you are too late and buy a Mega Millions ticket after your state’s cutoff time for the drawing on Tuesday, your ticket will be valid for the next drawing — Friday, October 26.
Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline to buy a ticket varies from state to state.
Mega Millions Deadline: Can You Still Buy Tickets for $1.6 Billion Lottery Drawing?
With a record-breaking jackpot at stake, people around the country are scooping up last-minute Mega Millions tickets to take their shot at winning a whopping $1.6 billion. However, with the drawing only hours away, the clock is ticking for lottery hopefuls to purchase tickets.
On Tuesday, the Mega Millions drawing will take place at 11 p.m. EDT and a winner will possibly be selected to receive a life-altering amount of money. While the jackpot is available to ticket purchasers nationwide, lottery rules vary state to state, including the cut off time to purchase tickets.
For lotteries that fall between the second Sunday in March and the first Saturday in November, lottery ticket sales end in Arizona at 6:59 p.m. local time. For lotteries occurring from the first Sunday in November to the second Saturday in March, sales end at 7:59 p.m. local time.
Sales in Arkansas end at 9:45 p.m. CDT on the day of the drawing.
Californians have an opportunity to purchase lottery tickets until 7:45 p.m. PDT, 15 minutes before the drawing.
Tickets sales end in Colorado at 7:30 p.m. MDT on Tuesday and Friday drawing nights.
On drawing nights, Connecticut buyers have to secure their ticket by 10:45 p.m. EDT
People hoping their winning lottery ticket awaits them in Delaware must purchase one by 9:45 p.m. EDT on the day of the drawing.
Game sales close at 10:00 p.m. EDT in Florida and will remain closed until 10:05 p.m. EDT, when tickets will resume being sold for the next drawing.
Mega Millions tickets are sold until 10:45 p.m. EDT in Georgia on the days they’re drawn and until 1:00 a.m. EDT on every other day.
In Idaho, players can purchase tickets up to one hour and five minutes prior to the draw on the night of the draw. For an 11:00 p.m. EDT drawing, ticket sales end at 7:55 p.m. MDT.
Tickets are sold in Illinois until 9:45 p.m. EDT on the day of the drawing.
Although many states allow tickets to be sold until 10:45 p.m. EDT, in Indiana, the cut off time is 10:44 p.m. EDT.
Sales for the Mega Millions lottery end at 8:49 p.m. CDT in Iowa.
Players have until 8:59 p.m. CDT on the day of a drawing to purchase a lottery ticket in Kansas.
At 9:45 p.m. CDT, Kentucky lottery ticket sales are halted until after the drawing occurs.
To be eligible to win, tickets must be purchased by 9:00 p.m. CDT on the day of the drawing in Louisiana.
Ticket sales end at 9:50 p.m. EDT on the day of the drawing in Maine.
In Maryland, sales for lottery tickets are cut off about 15 minutes prior to the drawing.
Massachusetts lottery tickets are sold until 10:45 p.m. EDT on the day of the draw.
Lottery tickets are sold in Michigan until 10:45 p.m. EDT on the day of the drawing.
Lottery winner hopefuls in Minnesota must secure their ticket by 9:00 p.m. CDT.
Ticket sales end at 8:59 p.m. CDT in Missouri on the day of the drawing and remain closed until 10:00 p.m. CDT.
Montana stores are required to stop selling lottery tickets at 8:00 p.m. MDT on the day of the drawing.
Tickets are not able to be purchased for that night’s drawing after 9:00 p.m. CDT on the day of a drawing in Nebraska.
Sales are cut off in New Hampshire for the Mega Millions at 9:50 p.m. EDT on the day of the draw.
New Jerseyans just have to have their ticket in their possession by 10:45 p.m. EDT on the day of a draw to be eligible to win.
At 8:45 p.m. MDT on the night of a drawing, New Mexico lottery ticket sales are cut off.
Ticket sales end for that night’s draw at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in New York.
If you’re playing in North Carolina, be sure to purchase a ticket before 10:45 p.m. on the night of the drawing.
Drawings in North Dakota are held at 10:00 p.m. CDT and eligible tickets much be purchased before 8:58 p.m. CDT.
Ohio lottery ticket sales for the Mega Millions cuts off at 10:45 p.m. EDT when the lottery is drawn on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In Oklahoma, tickets must be purchased by 8:59 p.m. CDT on the night of the drawing.
Mega Millions players in Oregon have until 7:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesdays and Fridays to be eligible to win that night.
Ticket sales end at 9:59 p.m. EDT on draw days in Pennsylvania.
Tickets for the Mega Millions drawing can be purchased at any time until 9:50 p.m. EDT on nights that a drawing is taking place.
In South Carolina, adults over the age of 18 must purchase a ticket before 10:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Tickets must be purchased by 9:00 p.m. for South Dakotans in the Central Time Zone and by 8:00 p.m. for those in the Mountain Time Zone.
Tennessee lottery tickets are sold until 9:45 p.m. CDT on Tuesdays and Fridays when the drawing takes place.
Ticket sales are halted between 9:45 p.m. CDT and 10:15 p.m. CDT in Texas on days of a drawing.
In Vermont, people have until 9:50 p.m. EDT on the day of a draw to purchase a ticket for that night.
Virginia retailers stop selling tickets for drawings on Tuesday and Friday at 10:45 p.m. EDT the day of the draw.
For people in Washington, tickets must be purchased by 7:45 p.m. PDT on draw nights.
Tickets in the nation’s capital are sold until 10:45 p.m. EDT on the day of drawings.
In West Virginia, Mega Millions sales end at 9:59 p.m. EDT every Tuesday and Thursday.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, tickets in Wisconsin can only be purchased until 9:00 p.m. CDT.
Ticket sales close in Wyoming at 8:00 p.m. MDT and the drawing occurs at 9:00 p.m. MDT.
On days of lottery drawings, especially when the jackpot is as large as Tuesday’s drawing is, there can be a rush to get last-minute tickets. It’s important to remember that the cut off times are for when tickets are sold, not when a person shows up to purchase a ticket. So, if there’s a long line and it’s close to the cutoff, it’s possible a person could get to the front and be too late.
While most states sell tickets until 15 minutes before the draw, times do vary and the cost of procrastination could be $1.6 billion.