If you plan on getting a Mega Millions lottery ticket here in New York, you better not wait until the last minute.

The New York Lottery announced they are making a change to how people play the Mega Millions Lottery in the Empire State.

WHAT IS THE MEGA MILLIONS?

The Mega Millions Lottery is a multi-state lottery game. Mega Millions can be played in 45 states along with the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands for a total of 47 places to play.

HOW DO I PLAY THE MEGA MILLIONS?

You have to choose six numbers and match the numbers that are drawn for that ticket's drawing date. While the goal is to match all six numbers, 5 white balls, and a Mega Ball, there are nine other ways to win with Mega Millions. Drawings for the Mega Millions happen twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I WIN WITH MEGA MILLIONS?

Based on how many numbers you match from all six numbers to just the Mega Ball number, you can win anywhere from $2 (the cost of a ticket) to the grand prize jackpot.

WHERE CAN I PLAY THE MEGA MILLIONS?

Here in New York, you can buy Mega Million tickets at any authorized lottery ticket dealer. You may also buy Mega Million tickets online or thru an app with authorized lottery ticket dealers.

WHAT CHANGE DID THE NEW YORK LOTTERY MAKE TO THE MEGA MILLIONS

The New York Lottery announced that starting on April 4th, you will now only have until 10 pm Eastern Standard Time on the day of the latest drawing to purchase a Mega Millions ticket. You used to be able to buy tickets until 10:45 pm on the right before the drawing. The Mega Million drawings happen at 11 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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