TABLE OF CONTENTS
MM RULE 26 DEFINITIONS
MM RULE 27 GAME DESCRIPTION
MM RULE 28 PRIZE POOL
MM RULE 29 PROBABILITY OF WINNING
MM RULE 30 PRIZE PAYMENT
MM RULE 31 TICKET VALIDATION
MM RULE 32 TICKET RESPONSIBILITY
MM RULE 33 INELIGIBLE PLAYERS
MM RULE 34 APPLICABLE LAW
MM RULE A PROMOTION DESCRIPTION
MM RULE B QUALIFYING PLAY
MM RULE C PRIZES TO BE MULTIPLIED
MM RULE D MEGAPLIER DRAWS
MM RULE E PRIZE POOL
MM RULE F PROBABILITY OF WINNING
MM RULE G LIMITATION ON PAYMENT OF MEGAPLIER PRIZES
MM RULE H PRIZE PAYMENT
MM RULE 26 - DEFINITIONS.
The following definitions apply unless the context requires a different meaning or is otherwise inconsistent with the intention of the rules adopted by the Product Group. Capitalized terms used but not defined in these rules shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the MUSL Agreement.
26.1 "Agent" or "retailer" means a person or entity authorized by a Party Lottery to sell lottery tickets.
26.2 "Drawing" means the formal process of selecting winning numbers which determine the number of winners for each prize level of the game.
26.3 "Computer pick" means the random selection of two digit numbers by the computer system, which appear on a ticket and are played by a player in the game.
26.4 "Finance & Audit Committee" shall mean the committee established by the Multi-State Lottery Association Agreement.
26.5 "Game board" or "boards" means that area of the play slip, also known as a "panel", which contains two sets of numbered squares to be marked by the player, the first set containing fifty-six (56) squares, number one (1) through fifty-six (56) and the second set containing forty-six (46) squares, number one (1) through forty-six (six).
26.6 "Game ticket" or "ticket" means an acceptable evidence of play, which is a ticket produced by a terminal which meets the specifications defined in the rules of each Party Lottery and Rule 31 (Ticket Validation) or is a properly and validly registered subscription play.
26.7 "Jackpot" or "Grand Prize" means the top prize of the Mega Millions game. The annuity Grand Prize is an amount that would be paid in twenty-six (26) annual installments.
26.8 "Mega Millions Finance Committee" means a Committee of the Mega Millions Lotteries which determines the Grand Prize Jackpot amount and the cash value option rate.
26.9 "Mega Millions Lottery or Lotteries" means those lotteries which have joined under the Mega Millions Lottery Agreement; the group of lotteries that has reached a Cross-Selling Agreement with this MUSL Product Group for the selling of the Mega Millions Game.
26.10 "MUSL" means the Multi-State Lottery Association, a government-benefit association wholly owned and operated by the Party Lotteries.
26.11 "MUSL Board" means the governing body of the MUSL which is comprised of the chief executive officer of each Party Lottery.
26.121 "On-Line Lottery Game" means a lottery game wherein a player selects numbers out of a larger predetermined set or sets of numbers.
26.13 "Participating Lottery" or "Selling Lottery" means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity which is participating in selling the Mega Millions game and which may be a member of either group.
26.14 "Party lottery" means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity which has joined the MUSL and, in the context of these Product Group Rules, which has joined in selling the games offered by the MUSL Mega Millions Product Group.
26.15 "Play" or "bet" means the six (6) numbers, the first five (5) from a field of fifty-six (56) numbers and the last one (1) from a field of forty-six (46) numbers, that appear on a ticket as a single lettered selection and are to be played by a player in the game.
26.16 "Product Group" means the group of lotteries which has joined together to offer the Mega Millions lottery game product pursuant to the terms of its Cross-Selling Agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, the Multi-State Lottery Agreement and the Group’s own rules.
26.17 "Play slip" or "bet slip" means a card used in marking a player's game plays and containing one or more boards.
26.18 "Set Prize" means all other prizes except the Grand Prize that are advertised to be paid by a single cash payment and, except in instances outlined in these rules, will be equal to the prize amount established by the MUSL Board for the prize level.
26.19 "Terminal" means a device authorized by a Party Lottery to function in an on line, interactive mode with the lottery's computer system for the purpose of issuing lottery tickets and entering, receiving, and processing lottery transactions, including purchases, validating tickets, and transmitting reports.
26.20 "Winning numbers" means the six (6) numbers, the first five (5) from a field of fifty-six (56) numbers and the last one (1) from a field of forty-six (46) numbers, randomly selected at each drawing, which shall be used to determine winning plays contained on a game ticket.
MM RULE 27 - GAME DESCRIPTION.
27.1 Mega Millions is a five (5) out of fifty-six (56) plus one (1) out of forty-six (46) on-line lottery game, drawn on the day(s), time(s) and location(s) as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries, and which pays the Grand Prize, at the election of the player made in accordance with these rules or by a default election made in accordance with these rules, either on an annual pari-mutuel basis or as a cash value option using a rate determined by the Mega Millions Finance Committee on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in these rules, all other prizes are paid on a set cash basis. To play Mega Millions, a player shall select five (5) different numbers, from one (1) through fifty-six (56) and one (1) additional number from one (1) through forty-six (46), for input into a terminal. The additional number may be the same as one of the first five numbers selected by the player. Tickets can be purchased for one dollar (U.S. $1.00), including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, either from a terminal operated by an agent (i.e., a clerk activated terminal) or from a terminal operated by the player (i.e., a player activated terminal). If purchased from an agent, the player may select a set of five numbers and one additional number by communicating the six (6) numbers to the agent, or by marking six (6) numbered squares in any one game board on a play slip and submitting the play slip to the agent or by requesting "computer pick" from the agent. The agent will then issue a ticket, via the terminal, containing the selected set or sets of numbers, each of which constitutes a game play. Tickets can be purchased from a player activated terminal by use of a touch screen or by inserting a play slip into the machine. Tickets may also be purchased through a lottery subscription system as provided in Rule 27.6.
27.2 Claims. A ticket (subject to the validation requirements set forth in Rule 31 (Ticket Validation)) shall be the only proof of a game play or plays and the submission of a winning ticket to the issuing Party Lottery or its authorized agent shall be the sole method of claiming a prize or prizes. A play slip has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected. A terminal produced paper receipt has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected.
27.3 Cancellations Prohibited. A ticket may not be voided or canceled by returning the ticket to the selling agent or to the lottery, including tickets that are printed in error. No ticket which can be used to claim a prize shall be returned to the lottery for credit. Tickets accepted by retailers as returned tickets and which cannot be re-sold shall be deemed owned by the bearer thereof.
27.4 Player Responsibility. It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the game play or plays and other data printed on the ticket. The placing of plays is done at the player's own risk through the on line agent who is acting on behalf of the player in entering the play or plays.
27.5 Entry of Plays. Plays may only be entered manually using the lottery terminal keypad or touch screen or by means of a play slip provided by the Party Lottery and hand-marked by the player or by such other means approved by the Party Lottery. Retailers shall not permit the use of facsimiles of play slips, copies of play slips, or other materials that are inserted into the terminal's play slip reader that are not printed or approved by the Party Lottery. Retailers shall not permit any device to be connected to a lottery terminal to enter plays, except as approved by the Party Lottery.
27.6 Registration of Plays. Subscription plays may be registered by the lottery at a lottery processing site which meets the requirements established by the Product Group and the Security and Integrity Committee.
27.7 Maximum Purchase. Except for a subscription play purchase, the maximum number of consecutive drawings on a single ticket purchase is twenty-six (26). The maximum number of consecutive drawings encompassed by a subscription play purchase is one hundred four (104).
27.8 In the event of a matrix change, the Party Lottery which issued the subscription will determine the option(s) available to subscription purchasers from that Party Lottery for the balance of plays remaining on their subscriptions effective as of the date of the matrix change.
27.9 Except as set forth in Section 27.8, and notwithstanding Section 27.3, game play information for a subscription may be edited by a Party Lottery's subscription coordinator only when an error in the numbers entered has been identified, a change in the frequency of drawings occurs, or a change in the game matrix occurs. A subscription may be edited to correct an error in the numbers entered before the time of the first drawing for which the subscription is effective. (Liability for any number entered in error is limited to the Party Lottery that entered the number in error.) For a change in the game matrix, or for errors in the numbers entered which are identified after the first drawing under the subscription, the subscription coordinator may correct the subscription game play prospectively for the remaining number of draws on the subscription. The only other condition under which subscription game play may be edited is to correct the subscription end date if there is a change in the frequency of Mega Millions drawings.
MM RULE 28 - PRIZE POOL
28.1 Prize Pool. The prize pool for all prize categories offered by the Party Lotteries shall consist of up to fifty-one percent (51%) of each drawing period's sales, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, after the prize reserve accounts are funded to the amounts set by the Product Group, but may be higher or lower based upon the number of winners at each prize level, as well as the funding required to meet a guaranteed Annuity Grand Prize as may be required by Rule 30.1(a). Any amount remaining in the prize pool or reserves and set aside for the Party Lotteries at the end of this game shall be carried forward to a replacement game or expended in a manner as directed by the Product Group in accordance with jurisdiction law.
Amended Dec 31, 2009.
28.2 Prize Reserve Accounts. An amount up to one percent (1%) of a Party Lottery’s sales, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, shall be added to a Party Lottery’s Grand Prize Pool contribution and placed in trust in one or more prize reserve accounts held by the Product Group at any time that the Party Lottery’s share of the prize reserve account(s) is below the amounts designated by the Product Group. The Product Group, with approval of the Finance & Audit Committee, may establish a maximum balance for the prize reserve account(s). The Product Group may determine to expend all or a portion of the funds in the accounts for the payment of prizes or special prizes in the game; subject to the approval of the Finance and Audit Committee. The shares of a Party Lottery may be adjusted with refunds to the Party Lottery from the prize reserve account(s) as may be needed to maintain the approved maximum balance and shares of the Party Lotteries. Any amount remaining in a prize reserve account at the end of this game shall be carried forward to a replacement prize reserve account or expended in a manner as directed by the Product Group in accordance with jurisdiction law.
28.3 Expected Prize Payout Percentages. The Grand Prize shall be determined on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in these rules and except for winning prizes sold by the California Lottery, all other prizes awarded shall be paid as set cash prizes with the following expected prize payout percentages, which does not include an additional amount held in prize reserves:
|Number of Matches Per Play
||Prize Pool Percentage
|Allocated to Prize
|All five (5) of first set plus one (1) of second set.
|All five (5) of first set and none of second set.
|Any four (4) of first set plus one (1) of second set.
|Any four (4) of first set and none of second set.
|Any three (3) of first set plus one (1) of second set.
|Any two (2) of first set plus one (1) of second set.
|Any three (3) of first set and none of second set.
|Any one (1) of first set plus one (1) of second set.
|None of first set plus one (1) of second set.
(a) The Grand Prize amount shall be divided equally by the number of game boards winning the Grand Prize.
(b) Except for winning prizes sold by the California Lottery, the prize pool percentage allocated to the set prizes (the cash prizes of $250,000 or less) shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the set prizes awarded in the current draw.
(c) Liability Cap. Should total prize liability for all lotteries selling the Mega Millions game (exclusive of jackpot prize carry forward) exceed 300 percent (300%) of draw sales or 50 percent (50%) of draw sales plus $50,000,000 (fifty million dollars), whichever is less, (both hereinafter referred to as the "Liability Cap"), the second through fifth prizes ($250,000, $10,000, $150, and $150 prize levels) shall be paid on a pari-mutuel basis, provided, however, that in no event shall the pari-mutuel prize be greater than the official advertised prize. The amount to be used for the allocation of such pari-mutuel prizes (two through five) shall be the liability cap less the amount paid for the jackpot prize and prize levels six through nine ($10, $7, $3 and $2 prize levels). To fund their portion of the Liability Cap, the Party Lotteries may utilize: (i) the amount allocated to the set prizes and carried forward from previous draws, if any, and (ii) an amount from the reserve accounts. The California Lottery is excluded from this calculation for the low-tier prizes.
In the event the Liability Cap is met, the amount to fund the Grand/Jackpot Prize together with the amounts to fund prize levels six (6) through nine (9) shall be first paid from the Liability Cap amount. The balance of the Liability Cap, after deducting the Grand/Jackpot Prize and payment for prize levels six (6) through nine (9) (hereinafter referred to as the "Liability Cap Balance"), shall be applied to prize levels two (2) through five (5) on a pari-mutuel basis in accordance with the following formula:
Prize Level two (2) (normally $250,000) shall be an amount equal to 64.53% of the Liability Cap Balance divided by the number of winners in Prize Level two (2);
Prize Level three (3) (normally $10,000) shall be an amount equal to 14.63% of the Liability Cap Balance divided by the number of winners in Prize Level three (3); and
Prize Levels four (4) and five (5) (normally $150) shall be an amount equal to 20.84% of the Liability Cap Balance divided by the number of combined winners in Prize Levels four (4) and five (5).
(d) Except as may be required by Rule 30.1(a), the official advertised Grand Prize annuity amount is subject to change based on sales forecasts and/or actual sales. Additionally, this prize amount may be rounded up to the next highest affordable multiple of one million dollars, at the discretion of the Party Lotteries.
Amended Dec 31, 2009.
(e) Subject to the laws and rules governing each Party Lottery, the number of prize categories and the allocation of the prize fund among the prize categories may be changed at the discretion of the Mega Millions Lotteries, for promotional purposes. Such change shall be announced by Mega Millions Lotteries.
MM RULE 29 - PROBABILITY OF WINNING.
The following table sets forth the probability of winning and the probable distribution of winners in and among each prize category, based upon the total number of possible combinations in Mega Millions. All prize winners sold by the California Lottery are paid on a pari-mutuel basis.
|Number of Matches Per Ticket
All five (5) of first set plus one (1) of second set
||1 : 175,711,536.00
|All five (5) of first set and none of second set
||1 : 3,904,700.80
Any four (4) of first set plus one (1) of second set
||1 : 689,064.85
Any four (4) of first set and none of second set
||1 : 15,312.55
Any three (3) of first set plus one (1) of second set
||1 : 13,781.30
Any two (2) of first set plus one (1) of second set
||1 : 843.75
Any three (3) of first set and none of second set
||1 : 306.25
Any one (1) of first set plus one (1) of second set
||1 : 140.63
None of first set plus one (1) of second set
||1 : 74.80
||1 : 39.89
MM RULE 30 - PRIZE PAYMENT
30.1 Grand Prize
(a) The portion of the prize money allocated from the current Mega Millions prize pool for the Grand Prize, plus any previous portions of prize money allocated to the Grand Prize category in which no matching tickets were sold and monies from a reserve needed to fund a guaranteed grand prize will be divided equally among all jackpot prize winners in all participating lotteries. The annuity Grand Prize amount will be paid in 26 annual installments. If a Mega Millions Lottery law or rule requires that the official advertised annuity prize amount shall be the basis for determining the amount to be awarded for the Mega Millions Grand Prize; a play matching all five of the five Mega Millions winning numbers drawn for field 1 and the one Mega Millions winning number drawn for field 2, then it shall be funded by the Selling Lotteries. However, if the sales support a jackpot that is at least $12 million, as an annuity, lower than the advertised annuity prize amount, then the resulting annuity prize amount to be paid will be the highest fully funded million plus $12 million, as an annuity, or the advertised jackpot, whichever is lower. In no event, however, as may be required by a Mega Millions Lottery law or rule, shall the jackpot paid be less than the official advertised annuity prize amount of the immediately prior drawing. When there is only one winning Mega Millions ticket for the annuity prize, no Grand Prize paid in 26 annual installments shall be less than $12 million.
Amended Dec 31, 2009.
(b) If in any Mega Millions drawing there are no Mega Millions plays which qualify for the Grand Prize category, the portion of the prize fund allocated to such Grand Prize category shall remain in the jackpot prize category and be added to the amount allocated for the Grand Prize category in the next consecutive Mega Millions drawing.
(c) Unless there is a different Party Lottery rule, Grand prizes shall be paid, at the election of the player made no later than 60 days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, with either a per winner annuity or cash payment. If the payment election is not made by the player within 60 days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, then the prize shall be paid as an annuity prize. The election to take the cash payment may be made within 60 days after the player becomes entitled to the prize. An election made after the winner becomes entitled to the prize is final and cannot be revoked, withdrawn or otherwise changed.
(d) In the event of a prize winner who selects the cash value option, the prize winner's share will be paid in a single payment upon completion of internal validation procedures. The cash option amount shall be determined by the Product Group.
Amended Dec 31, 2009
(e) Annual payment option jackpot prizes shall be paid in 26 annual installments upon completion of internal validation procedures. The initial payment shall be paid upon completion of internal validation procedures. The subsequent 25 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. All such payments shall be made within seven days of the anniversary of the annual auction date.
(f) If individual shares of the cash held to fund an annuity is less than $250,000, the Product Group, in its sole discretion, may elect to pay the winners their share of the cash held in the Grand Prize pool. All annuitized prizes shall be paid annually in twenty-six (26) payments with the initial payment being made in cash, to be followed by twenty-five (25) payments funded by the annuity. Prize payments may be rounded down to the nearest one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(g) Funds for the initial payment of an annuitized prize or the lump sum cash prize shall be made available by MUSL for payment by the Party Lottery on a schedule approved by the Product Group. If necessary, when the due date for the payment of a prize occurs before the receipt of funds in the prize pool trust sufficient to pay the prize, the transfer of funds for the payment of the full lump sum cash amount may be delayed pending receipt of funds from the Party Lotteries or other lotteries participating in the Mega Millions Game. A Party Lottery may elect to make the initial payment from its own funds after validation, with notice to MUSL.
Amended Dec 31, 2009.
(h) In the event of the death of a lottery winner sold by a Party Lottery during the annuity payment period, the MUSL Finance & Audit Committee, in its sole discretion excepting a discretionary review by the Product Group, upon the petition of the estate of the lottery winner (the "Estate") to the lottery of the jurisdiction in which the deceased lottery winner purchased the winning ticket, and subject to federal, state, district or territorial applicable laws, may accelerate the payment of all of the remaining lottery proceeds to the Estate. If such a determination is made, then securities and/or cash held to fund the deceased lottery winner's annuitized prize may be distributed to the Estate. The identification of the securities to fund the annuitized prize shall be at the sole discretion of the Finance & Audit Committee or the Product Group.
30.2 Low-Tier Cash Prize Payments. All low-tier cash prizes (all prizes except the Grand Prize) shall be paid in cash through the Party Lottery which sold the winning ticket(s). A Party Lottery may begin paying low-tier cash prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office.
30.3 Prizes Rounded. Annuitized payments of the Grand Prize or a share of the Grand Prize may be rounded to facilitate the purchase of an appropriate funding mechanism. Breakage on an annuitized Grand Prize win shall be added to the first cash payment to the winner or winners. Prizes other than the Grand Prize, which, under these rules, may become single-payment, pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next drawing.
30.4 Rollover. If the Grand Prize is not won in a drawing, the prize money allocated for the Grand Prize shall roll over and be added to the Grand Prize pool for the following drawing.
30.5 [Reserved for future use].
30.6 Limited to Highest Prize Won. The holder of a winning ticket may win only one prize per board 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.
30.7 Prize Claim Period. Prize claims shall be submitted within the period set by the Party Lottery selling the ticket. If no such claim period is established, all grand prize claims shall be made within 180 days after the drawing date.
MM RULE 31 - TICKET VALIDATION.
31.1 To be a valid ticket and eligible to receive a prize, a ticket shall satisfy all the requirements established by a Party Lottery for validation of winning tickets sold through its on line system and any other validation requirements adopted by the Product Group, the MUSL Board and published as the Confidential MUSL Minimum Game Security Standards. The MUSL and the Party Lotteries shall not be responsible for tickets which are altered in any manner.
31.2 Under no circumstances will a claim be paid for either the Grand Prize or the Second Prize without an official Mega Millions ticket (or subscription) matching all game play, serial number and other validation data residing in the selling Party Lottery’s gaming system computer and such ticket (or subscription) shall be the only valid proof of the wager placed and the only valid receipt for claiming or redeeming such prize.
31.3 In addition to the above, in order to be deemed a valid, winning Mega Millions ticket, all of the following conditions must be met:
(a) The validation data must be present in its entirety and must correspond, using the computer validation file, to the number selections printed on the ticket for the drawing date(s) printed on the ticket;
(b) The ticket must be intact;
(c) The ticket must not be mutilated, altered, reconstituted, or tampered with in any manner;
(d) The ticket must not be counterfeit or an exact duplicate of another winning ticket;
(e) The ticket must have been issued by an authorized Mega Millions agent, sales agent or retailer on official paper stock of the selling Party Lottery;
(f) The ticket must not have been stolen, to the knowledge of the Party Lottery;
(g) The ticket must be submitted for payment in accordance with Section 10 (Procedures for Claiming and Payment of Prizes);
(h) The ticket data must have been recorded on the central computer system prior to the drawing and the ticket data must match this computer record in every respect. In the event of a contradiction between information as printed on the ticket and as accepted by the Party Lottery computer, the wager accepted by the Party Lottery computer shall be the valid wager;
(i) The player or computer number selections, validation data and the drawing date(s) of an apparent winning ticket must appear on the official file of winning tickets, and a ticket with that exact data must not have been previously paid;
(j) The ticket must not be misregistered, defectively printed or printed or produced in error to an extent that it cannot be processed by the Party Lottery that issued the ticket;
(k) The ticket must pass validation tests using a minimum of three (3) of the five (5) validation methods as defined in the Mega Millions Finance and Operations Procedures, Section 15. In addition, the ticket must pass all other confidential security checks of the Party Lottery that issued the ticket;
(l) In submitting a Mega Millions ticket for validation, the claimant agrees to abide by applicable laws, all rules and regulations, instructions, conditions and final decisions of the Director of the Party Lottery that issued the ticket;
(m) There must not be any other breach of these Mega Millions Rules in relation to the ticket, which, in the opinion of the Director of the Party Lottery that issued the ticket, justifies invalidation.
(n) The ticket must be submitted to the Party Lottery that issued it.
31.4 An Official Mega Millions Ticket submitted for validation which fails any of the preceding validation conditions shall be considered void, subject to the following determinations:
(a) In all cases of doubt, the determination of the Party Lottery, which sold the Mega Millions ticket, shall be final and binding; however, the Party Lottery may, at their option, replace an invalid ticket with a Mega Millions ticket of equivalent sales price;
(b) In the event a defective ticket is purchased or in the event the Party Lottery determines to adjust an error, the Claimant’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the replacement of such defective or erroneous ticket(s) with a Mega Millions ticket of equivalent sales price;
(c) In the event a Mega Millions ticket is not paid by a Party Lottery and a dispute occurs as to whether the ticket is a winning ticket, the Party Lottery may, at its option, replace the ticket as provided in paragraph (a) of this subsection. This shall be the sole and exclusive remedy of the Claimant unless the laws or regulations governing the Party Lottery provide for further administrative review.
MM RULE 32 - TICKET RESPONSIBILITY.
32.1 Signature. Until such time as a subscription play is properly and validly registered with the lottery, or until such time as a signature or, if permitted by state, district or territory law, a mark or printed name is placed upon a ticket in the area designated for signature, mark or name, a ticket shall be owned by the bearer of the ticket. When a subscription play is validly and properly registered with the lottery, or when a signature, mark or name is placed on the ticket in the place designated, the person who has registered the ticket, or if not registered, whose signature, mark or name appears in such area shall be the owner of the ticket and shall be entitled (subject to the validation requirements in Rule 31 (Ticket Validation) and state, district or territory law) to any prize attributable thereto.
32.2 Multiple Signatures. The manner of payment of prizes for valid winning tickets bearing multiple signatures, marks or names shall be determined by the rules of the Party Lottery making the prize payment.
32.3 Stolen Tickets. The Product Group, the MUSL and the Party Lotteries shall not be responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
32.4 Subscription Plays. A receipt for a subscription play has no value and is not evidence of a play. A subscription play is valid when registered with the lottery in accordance with lottery rules and the person or, if permitted by the lottery rules, the persons registering the play shall be the owner of the subscription play.
32.5 The Party Lotteries shall not be responsible to a prize claimant for Mega Millions tickets redeemed in error by a Mega Millions agent, sales agent or retailer.
32.6 Winners are determined by the numbers drawn and certified by the independent auditor responsible for auditing the Mega Millions draw. MUSL and the Party Lotteries are not responsible for Mega Millions winning numbers reported in error.
MM RULE 33 - INELIGIBLE PLAYERS.
33.1 A ticket or share for a MUSL game issued by the MUSL or any of its Party Lotteries shall not be purchased by, and a prize won by any such ticket or share shall not be paid to:
(a) a MUSL employee, officer, or director,
(b) a contractor or consultant under agreement with the MUSL to review the MUSL audit and security procedures,
(c) an employee of an independent accounting firm under contract with MUSL to observe drawings or site operations and actually assigned to the MUSL account and all partners, shareholders, or owners in the local office of the firm,
(d) an immediate family member (parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, spouse, or sibling) of an individual described in subsections (a), (b), and (c) and residing in the same household.
33.2 Those persons designated by a Party Lottery's law as ineligible to play its games shall also be ineligible to play the MUSL game in that Party Lottery's jurisdiction.
33.3 A ticket or share of the Mega Millions game may not be purchased in any lottery jurisdiction by any Party Lottery board member; commissioner; officer; employee; or spouse, child brother, sister or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principle place of residence of any such person. Prizes shall not be paid to any persons prohibited from playing Mega Millions in a particular jurisdiction by rules, governing law, or any contract executed by the Selling Lottery.
MM RULE 34 - APPLICABLE LAW.
In purchasing a ticket, the purchaser agrees to comply with and abide by all applicable laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of the Party Lottery where the ticket was purchased, and by directives and determinations of the director of that Party Lottery. Additionally, the player shall be bound to all applicable provisions in the Mega Millions Finance and Operations Procedures. The player agrees, as its sole and exclusive remedy that claims arising out of a Mega Millions ticket can only be pursued against the Party Lottery of ticket purchase. Litigation, if any, shall only be maintained within the jurisdiction in which the Mega Millions ticket was purchased and only against the Party Lottery that issued the ticket. Nothing in this rule shall be construed as a waiver of any defense or claim a Party Lottery may have in the event a player pursues litigation against the Party Lottery, its officers, or employees. All decisions made by a Party Lottery, including the declaration of prizes and the payment thereof and the interpretation of Mega Millions Rules, shall be final and binding on all purchasers and on every person making a claim in respect thereof, but only in the jurisdiction where the Mega Millions ticket was issued.
PART III – SPECIAL GAME RULES: MEGA MILLIONS MEGAPLIER PROMOTION
MM RULE A - PROMOTION DESCRIPTION.
The Mega Millions Megaplier promotion is a limited extension of the Mega Millions game and is conducted in accordance with the Mega Millions game rules and other lottery rules applicable to the Mega Millions game except as may be amended herein. The promotion will begin at a time announced by the Party Lottery and will continue until discontinued by the lottery. The promotion will offer to the owners of a qualifying play a chance to multiply the amount of any of the eight lump sum Set Prizes (the lump sum prizes normally paying $2 to $250,000) won in a drawing held during the promotion. The Grand Prize is not a Set Prize and will not be multiplied.
MM RULE B - QUALIFYING PLAY.
A qualifying play is any single Mega Millions play for which the player pays an extra dollar for the Megaplier option play and which is recorded at the Party Lottery’s central computer as a qualifying play.
MM RULE C - PRIZES TO BE MULTIPLIED.
A qualifying play which wins one of eight lowest lump sum Set Prizes will be multiplied by the number selected, either two, three, or four (2, 3, or 4), in a separate random Megaplier drawing announced in a manner approved by the Product Group.
MM RULE D - MEGAPLIER DRAWS.
MUSL will either itself conduct, or authorize a U.S. Lottery to conduct on its behalf, a separate random "Megaplier" drawing. Before each Mega Millions drawing a single number (2, 3 or 4) shall be drawn. The Mega Millions Group may change one or more of these multiplier numbers and /or the Match 5+0 Megaplier prize amount for special promotions from time to time. In the event the multiplier drawing does not occur prior to the Mega Millions drawing, the multiplier number will be a 4 (four), which shall solely be determined by the lottery authorized to conduct the "Megaplier" drawing.
MM RULE E - PRIZE POOL.
E(1) Prize Pool. The prize pool for all prize categories offered by the Party Lotteries shall consist of up to fifty-five percent (55%) of each drawing period's sales, as determined by the Game Group, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, after the Mega Millions prize reserve accounts are funded to the amounts set by the Product Group. Any amount remaining in the prize pool at the end of this game shall be carried forward to a replacement game or expended in a manner as directed by the Product Group in accordance with jurisdiction law.
E(2) Prize Reserve Accounts. Any amount not used to pay for multiplied prizes may be collected and placed in the rollover account or in trust in one or more prize reserve accounts until the prize reserve accounts reach the amounts designated by the Product Group.
E(3) Expected Prize Payout. Except as provided in these rules, all prizes awarded shall be paid as lump sum set prizes. Instead of the Mega Millions set prize amounts, qualifying Megaplier plays will pay the amounts shown below when matched with the Megaplier number drawn:
With Megaplier Purchase
|Prize Levels with Megaplier Purchase and Multiplier
Multiplier numbers do not apply to the Mega Millions
Grand Prize or to the Match 5 + 0 Prize.
In certain rare instances, the Mega Millions set prize amount may be less than the amount shown. In such case, the seven lowest Megaplier prizes will be a multiple of the changed Mega Millions prize amount announced after the draw. For example, if the Match 4 + 1 Mega Millions set prize amount of $10,000 becomes $5,000 under the rules of the Mega Millions game, then a Megaplier player winning that prize amount with a 4X multiplier would win $20,000 ($5,000 x 4). The Match 5+0 prize with the Megaplier option, which normally pays $1 million, will be reduced by the same percentage as the Match 5+0 $250,000 prize is reduced.
MM RULE F - PROBABILITY OF WINNING.
The following table sets forth the probability of the various Megaplier numbers being drawn during a single Mega Millions drawing. The Group may elect to run limited promotions that may increase the multiplier numbers.
||Probability of Prize Increase
|4X - Prize Won Times
||12 in 21
|3X - Prize Won Times
||7 in 21
|2X - Prize Won Times
||2 in 21
Multiplier numbers do not apply to the Mega Millions Grand Prize or to the Match 5+0 Prize.
MM RULE G - LIMITATION ON PAYMENT OF MEGAPLIER PRIZES
G(1) Prize Pool Carried Forward. The prize pool percentage allocated to the Megaplier set prizes shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the set prizes awarded in the current draw or may be held in a prize reserve account.
G(2) Pari-Mutuel Prizes-All Prize Amounts. If the total of the original Mega Millions set prizes and the multiplied Megaplier set prizes awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pools allocated to the set prizes, then the amount needed to fund the set prizes (including the multiplied set prizes) awarded shall be drawn from the following sources, in the following order: (i) the amount allocated to the set prizes and carried forward from previous draws, if any; (ii) an amount from the Mega Millions reserve accounts not to exceed the lesser of 300% of draw sales or 50% of draw sales plus $50 million. If, after these sources are depleted, there are not sufficient funds to pay the set prizes awarded (including multiplied prizes), then the prize levels two through five shall become a pari-mutuel prize, as set out in Rule 28.3(c). The Mega Millions and Megaplier prize pools shall be combined in the rare instance when the set prizes, pursuant to the rules, are paid on a pari-mutuel basis, so that the multipliers, as provided for in the rules, will remain in effect for all prize levels.
MM RULE H - PRIZE PAYMENT
H(1) Prize Payments. All Megaplier prizes shall be paid in one lump sum through the Party Lottery that sold the winning ticket(s). A Party Lottery may begin paying Megaplier prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office.
H(2) Prizes Rounded. Prizes, which, under these rules, may become pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next drawing.
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