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How to buy Mega Millions in Seattle?

The Mega Millions lottery is a popular multi-state lottery game in the United States. It is played in 45 states, as well as Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game offers incredible jackpot prizes that can grow into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Many residents of Seattle enjoy playing Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Here is a guide on how to play Mega Millions in Seattle, Washington.

What is Mega Millions?

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game that is played across most of the United States. It was introduced in 1996 as The Big Game and renamed Mega Millions in 2002. Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday evening at 11:00 pm Eastern Time.

To play Mega Millions, players select five main numbers between 1-70 and one Mega Ball number between 1-25. The minimum cost of a Mega Millions ticket is $2. Players have the option to add the Megaplier feature for an additional $1 per play. The Megaplier can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x.

The jackpot begins at $40 million and continues growing until a ticket matches all six numbers. The odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 302 million. Secondary prizes range from $2 for matching the Mega Ball to $1 million for matching all five main numbers (but missing the Mega Ball).

How to Purchase Mega Millions Tickets in Seattle

In the state of Washington, the Washington Lottery is responsible for operating Mega Millions and other lottery games. There are a few different ways to purchase Mega Millions tickets in Seattle:

1. Retail Lottery Locations

The easiest way to buy Mega Millions tickets is to visit an authorized Washington Lottery retailer in the Seattle area. There are hundreds of grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores and other lottery retailers throughout the city. Simply walk up to the lottery counter and ask for a Mega Millions quick pick or select your own numbers. The lottery terminal will print your official Mega Millions ticket with drawing details and ticket cost.

Some of the major retail chains that sell lottery tickets in Seattle include Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC, Rite Aid, Walgreens, 7-Eleven and more. You can find a full list of lottery retailers in Seattle on the Washington Lottery website.

2. Online

Another convenient option is to purchase Mega Millions tickets online through the Washington Lottery website at You can create an account, choose your numbers and buy tickets for upcoming drawings. Your ticket purchase and winnings will be processed electronically.

To play Mega Millions online in Washington, you must be at least 18 years old and physically located within state boundaries at the time of purchase. The lottery website can detect your location. There is a $10 minimum for online ticket orders.

3. Lottery Vending Machines

Many larger grocery stores and retailers in Seattle have lottery ticket vending machines. You can use these self-service kiosks to quickly purchase Mega Millions tickets instead of waiting in line. The machines accept cash and will provide a printed ticket. They allow you to select manual numbers or use the quick pick option.

4. Mobile App

The Washington Lottery offers a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices. You can use the app to securely buy Mega Millions tickets online. The purchase process is fast and easy with saved payment information. The app also lets you scan and check tickets for winnings.

Mega Millions Ticket Details

When you purchase a Mega Millions ticket in Seattle, here are some key details you’ll want to review:

Ticket Price

The cost of a single Mega Millions play is $2. You can add the Megaplier option for an extra $1 per play. Megaplier increases non-jackpot prizes. You may purchase up to 10 plays on a single ticket.

Drawing Info

The ticket will show details about the upcoming Mega Millions drawing, including the drawing date and cutoff time to buy tickets. Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm ET.

Numbers Played

Your ticket will list the five main numbers (1-70) and the Mega Ball number (1-25) you are playing for the drawing. The numbers may be computer selected quick picks or player selected.

Ticket Number

Each ticket will contain a unique ticket number used to identify and validate your plays. This number is important for claiming any prizes won.


The barcode on your ticket allows retailers to quickly scan and check for winners. Keep your ticket safe until after the drawing.

Pick Quick Option

You can opt for quick pick and have the lottery terminal or website randomly select your numbers. Or choose your own numbers using a play slip or manual selection.

How Mega Millions Works

Here is an overview of how Mega Millions works including the format, prize payouts, and odds:

Game Format

Players must match 5 main numbers (white balls) 1-70 and the Mega Ball number (gold ball) 1-25 to win the jackpot prize. The numbers are drawn using two ball drawing machines. There are nine prize tiers in total with a minimum prize of $2 for matching the Mega Ball.

Prizes and Odds

Match Prize Odds (1 in)
5 Main + Mega Ball Jackpot 302,575,350
5 Main $1,000,000 12,607,306
4 Main + Mega Ball $10,000 931,001
4 Main $500 38,792
3 Main + Mega Ball $200 14,547
3 Main $10 606
2 Main + Mega Ball $10 693
1 Main + Mega Ball $4 89
0 Main + Mega Ball $2 37

As you can see, matching all five main numbers and the Mega Ball offers the biggest prize but the lowest odds. The odds of winning any prize are about 1 in 24.


For an extra $1 per play, Megaplier can multiply your non-jackpot winnings by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x randomly. Megaplier does not apply to the jackpot prize.

Claiming Mega Millions Prizes in Washington

Here is how to collect Mega Millions prizes in Washington depending on the amount won:

Smaller Prizes

For Mega Millions prizes under $600, you can cash in your winning ticket at any Washington Lottery retailer. The retailer will verify the win and pay out the amount owed. Be sure to get your ticket back as proof of your win.

Larger Prizes

For Mega Millions prizes over $600, you will need to claim your prize at a Lottery office. This includes the offices in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane and Yakima. You must fill out a claim form and provide valid ID and your winning ticket. The Lottery will verify your win and process payment.

Jackpot and grand prizes over $100,000 may take 4-6 weeks for payment processing. You have 180 days from the drawing date to claim Mega Millions prizes in Washington.

Anonymous Claims

For prize claims over $10,000, you can opt to remain anonymous in the state of Washington. Simply check the box for anonymous claim on the lottery prize form. This prevents your name and city from being publicly announced.


Remember, Mega Millions winnings are subject to both federal and state taxes. Taxes will automatically be withheld when claiming prizes over $5,000. You will receive a W2-G form to report taxes on your winnings.

Mega Millions Strategies and Tips

While winning the Mega Millions jackpot comes down to sheer luck, here are some strategies and tips to consider:

Purchase Multiple Tickets

Increase your odds by buying multiple tickets for a single drawing. Remember that the more number combinations you play, the better your chances. Just don’t spend more than you can afford.

Join a Pool or Syndicate

Pool your money with a group of friends, family or co-workers to buy more tickets. This can improve your odds and let you share in the excitement. Make sure you create a binding legal agreement first.

Use Significant Numbers

Some people use important dates like birthdays, anniversaries or ages to select numbers. You may consider these “lucky” numbers. But in reality, all combos have an equal chance.

Balanced Number Selection

Try to pick a balanced selection of low, high and mid-range numbers. Also mix odd and even numbers. No pattern or strategy has proven better though.

Check Your Tickets

Be sure to double check your tickets after the drawing, either online or using a lottery retailer’s ticket checker. Billions in prizes go unclaimed each year from missing winners. Don’t toss out any losing tickets until you confirm they did not win.

Important Notes About Playing Responsibly

The Mega Millions lottery is meant to be fun entertainment but make sure you play responsibly:

– Only spend what you can afford on tickets

Stick to a lottery budget that is a small portion of your overall entertainment funds. Never use needed money for bills, rent or other obligations.

– Play at approved retailers and websites

Avoid any sketchy third-party sellers or ticket resale schemes. This ensures you actually own any winning tickets.

– Understand the odds are extremely low

Your chance of winning Mega Millions are about 1 in 302 million for the jackpot. Have realistic expectations going in.

– Don’t chase losses

Never try to win back money you’ve spent. This can lead to compulsive gambling behavior.

– Play for fun, not investment

The lottery should be entertainment, not a way to make money. Focus on the excitement of playing.

– Limit playing if becoming obsessive

Take a break if Mega Millions ever starts feeling like an unhealthy habit. Talk to your doctor if concerned.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about playing Mega Millions in Seattle and Washington:

What time is the Mega Millions drawing held?

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Sales cut off at least one hour before.

Can you buy tickets after the cutoff time?

No, Mega Millions ticket sales close at least one hour before the drawing, so you cannot buy tickets after the cutoff.

What is the minimum age to play Mega Millions?

You must be at least 18 years old to buy Mega Millions tickets in Washington and all participating states.

Can Mega Millions tickets be purchased online?

Yes, you can buy official Mega Millions tickets online through the Washington Lottery website or mobile app if you are located within the state at time of purchase.

Can Seattle residents play other state lotteries?

Washington only sells tickets for games run by the Washington Lottery. You can purchase tickets online for other states you visit if signed up on their lottery website.

Where does the Mega Millions revenue go?

In Washington, Mega Millions revenue supports variety of state causes like schools, social services, health screenings, problem gambling treatment, and more.

What are the biggest Mega Millions jackpots won in Washington?

The two largest Mega Millions jackpots won in Washington are a $190 million prize in 2011 and a $128 million prize in 2007, both from tickets purchased in western Washington.


Playing the exciting Mega Millions lottery is easy and convenient for Seattle residents. You can buy tickets at hundreds of local retailers, through the Washington Lottery website or app, and at select lottery vending machines. Mega Millions offers huge jackpot prizes starting at $40 million with drawings held every Tuesday and Friday night. Responsible play is important for entertainment without excessive spending. Following the strategies and tips in this guide can help maximize your chances of winning a prize. Just remember that at the end of the day, Mega Millions rewards luck not skill. So sit back, dream big and have fun trying your chances at becoming Washington’s next big jackpot winner!