The Mega Millions is one of the most popular lottery games in the United States. It offers players the chance to win huge cash prizes by matching the numbers on their ticket to the numbers drawn in the bi-weekly drawings. With the jackpot prize getting higher and higher almost every week, more and more players are interested in watching the Mega Millions drawing live.
Unfortunately, finding out where to watch the live drawing of Mega Millions can be a challenge, as the broadcasts are not always available in every location or on every channel in the country. In this article, we will explore some of the options for watching the Mega Millions live drawing and provide you with details on how to tune in from wherever you are.
When can I watch the Mega Millions drawing?
Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. ET. Drawings are held at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, and are broadcast live by several TV stations across the United States.
What TV channel is the Mega Millions drawing?
As previously mentioned, many TV stations in the country carry the Mega Millions drawing. However, specific TV channels may depend on your cable provider, so check on a website like TV Guide or browse through your cable provider’s channel guide to find the right channels.
To help potential millionaires get the lottery’s results first-hand, the Lottery Universe website, NJ.com, and PA Lottery shared a list of some of the TV channels that broadcast the mega millions drawing live. These are:
- WSB-TV (Atlanta, GA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WGN-TV (National cable TV) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- CBS-8 (San Diego, California) – 8:00 p.m. PT
- WALB (Albany, GA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WJBF (Augusta, GA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- 13WMAZ (Macon, GA) -11:00 p.m. ET
- WSAV (Savannah, GA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WRBL (Columbus, GA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WBAL-TV (Baltimore, MD) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WDIV-TV (Detroit, MI) -11:00 p.m. ET
- WOOD-TV8 (Grand Rapids, MI) -11:00 p.m. ET
- WLAJ-ABC (Lansing, MI) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WMKG-CD (Norton Shores, Michigan) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- ABC-7NY (New York, NY) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WSYR-TV (East Syracuse, NY) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WBNG-TV (Johnson City, NY) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WPTZ (Plattsburgh, NY) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- 13WHAM (Rochester, NY) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WRIC-TV (Richmond, VA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WVEC-TV (Hampton, VA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WDBJ-TV (Roanoke, VA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WUSA-TV (Northern, VA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, VA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WJET-TV (Erie, PA) – 11:20 p.m. ET
- WGAL (Lancaster, PA) – 11:20 p.m. ET
- WTAJ-TV (Altoona, PA) – 11:20 p.m. ET
- WTXF-TV (Philadelphia, PA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
- WPXI (Pittsburgh, PA) – 11:11 p.m. ET
- WNEP-TV (Scranton, PA) – 11:00 p.m. ET
Can I watch the Mega Millions drawing online?
WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, where the actual drawing takes place, has a specific channel and a live stream that allows you to get the results online as it happens. Other TV stations that broadcast the Mega Millions drawing also have a live stream of the show on their respective websites, including New York’s WABC-7.
If you’re a cord-cutter, you can also watch the Mega Millions drawing via streaming services like DirecTV Stream or FuboTV. Both viewing platforms offer the standard network news channels, such as ABC and Fox, which broadcast the Mega Millions drawing.
Where can I get results for Mega Millions when I miss the live drawing?
If you don’t have time to watch the Mega Millions drawing, winning numbers are posted shortly after each drawing on the Mega Millions website. Details on the number of winners are posted every Wednesday and Saturday mornings after Mega Millions lottery security has verified winning ticket sales. Several lotteries also offer an email or texting service where you can automatically receive winning numbers after each draw.
Where can I buy Mega Millions tickets?
If you haven’t purchased a ticket for Tuesday’s Mega Millions yet, you can buy one from lottery retailers and agents in 45 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To find a retailer that sells tickets, search the Mega Millions website.
If you’re in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, Mega Millions tickets are available for purchase at gas stations, convenience stores, and supermarkets until 10:45 p.m. ET on drawing nights of Tuesday and Friday.
Can I buy Mega Millions tickets online?
Yes. You can buy Mega Millions tickets online, but only if you are in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. You purchase Mega Millions tickets online by registering with the lotteries in the abovementioned jurisdictions. In New York, you may purchase subscriptions for Mega Millions online.
Can I buy Mega Millions tickets if I live in another country?
Visitors to the U.S. are allowed to purchase Mega Millions tickets from any American lottery retailer. You do not need to be a resident to win.
How do I play Mega Millions?
The cost of tickets starts at $2 per play. Choose a total of six numbers from two separate pools of numbers: five different numbers from the white balls numbered 1-70, and one number from the gold balls numbered 1-25. If the results match all your six numbers, then you win the grand prize. But you don’t have to win the jackpot to win some money. Below is a breakdown of how much you will win depending on how many correct numbers you will get.
- 5 + 1 = Jackpot.
- 5 + 0 = $1 million.
- 4 + 1 = $10,000.
- 4 + 0 = $500.
- 3 + 1 = $200.
- 3 + 0 = $10.
- 2 + 1= $10.
- 1 + 1 = $4.
- 0 + 1 = $2.
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What was the largest Mega Millions jackpot?
With millions of people playing, Mega Millions jackpots can roll to super high levels at a very quick rate. As of February 2023, the biggest-ever Mega Millions jackpot is $1.537 billion, which was won by a lucky player in South Carolina on October 23rd, 2018.
The lottery’s second-largest jackpot worth $1.35 billion was won following the January 13th, 2023 drawing, in which one winning ticket was sold in Maine. The third-largest Mega Millions jackpot, which was worth $1.34 billion, was won following the July 29th, 2022 drawing. One winning ticket at the time was sold in Illinois.