Mega Millions is one of America's largest and most popular lotteries. It is offered in 45 US states and also the US Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. The lottery, administered by a 12-lottery consortium, advertises a minimum jackpot of $40 million, which is paid out in 30 yearly instruments that grow 5% each year. This does not apply if the cash option is picked by the winner.
The draw for the lottery is done every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 pm Eastern time, even on holidays. This happens in the studios of WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. The winning numbers are announced by hosts Carol Blackmon, John Crow, and Sabrina Cupit. Millions of lottery players and fans tune in to witness the announcement of America's newest millionaire. The jackpot increases during every draw when it is not won.
Mega Millions was previously known as The Big Game. It was renamed The Big Game Mega Millions in 1996 before dropping the first part for its current name.