Powerball vs Mega Millions

Powerball and Mega Millions are almost identical in prize structure and odds. The only reason we slightly favor Powerball is because of the higher starting jackpot. If Mega Millions raises their starting jackpot to match Powerball's then we would not favor one game over the other.

Game Features* Mega Millions Powerball
Minimum Bet: $1 $2 
Jackpot Odds: 258,890,850  292,201,338 
Minimum Jackpot: 15 Million  40 Million
Match 5 of 5: 17,259,390  11,238,513 
Match 4 of 5 + Bonus: 739,689 ($5K)  913,130 ($10K) 
Match 4 of 5: 49,313 ($500)  35,121 ($100) 
Match 3 of 5 + Bonus: 10,721 ($50)  14,495 ($100) 
TOTAL  1  1
    TIE 

* 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.