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Powerball vs Mega Millions

Powerball and Mega Millions are almost identical in prize structure and odds of winning. However, based on our side-by-side comparison of the two games (shown below) we slightly favor Mega Millions as our preferred choice.

The two primary reasons we chose Mega Millions over Powerball are:

  1. Mega Millions $1 minimum bet vs Powerball's $2
  2. Mega Millions odds of winning the 2nd prize of one million (w/$2 bet)
The rest of the cash prizes/odds are the same or similar.

Game Features* Mega Millions Powerball
Minimum Bet: $1 $2 
Jackpot Odds: 175,711,536 175,223,511
Match 5 of 5: 3,904,701 5,006,387 
Match 4 of 5 + Bonus: 689,065 ($10K) 648,946 ($10K)
Match 4 of 5: 15,313 ($150) 18,543 ($100) 
Match 3 of 5 + Bonus: 13,781 ($150) 12,245 ($100)
TOTAL  6  3
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* The odds shown are presumed accurate but not guaranteed. To view the offical odds for the lottery games listed, please visit official lottery web sites for the two games.

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