Mega Sena is the largest lottery in South America and its big jackpots and unique structure has also attracted attention from lottery players worldwide. It is owned and run by one of the largest banks in Latin America and every draw there are huge prize pools that promise big jackpots and additional payouts.
How Much is a Mega Sena Ticket?
The ticket price to play Mega Sena is €1.50. This makes the Mega Sena one of the cheapest major national lotteries in the world, which is one of the reasons so many non-South American players are rushing to buy lottery tickets every week.
It is also possible to play Mega Sena as part of a syndicate and there are actually official syndicates setup in Brazil to facilitate this. An official syndicate can be anywhere from 2 to 100 players, although it may be a different story for unofficial syndicates created through online lottery vendors.
What are the Odds of Winning the Mega Sena?
There are only three prize tiers on the Mega Sena. This rules out minor wins and means all wins are something to celebrate. Of course, it also means that the chance of winning any amount of money is quite low.
On the plus side, the odds of winning the Mega Sena jackpot are very respectable when compared to other major lotteries, as shown below.
- Jackpot = 1 in 50,063,860
- Second Prize = 1 in 154,518
- Third Prize = 1 in 2,332
To put these odds into perspective, the odds of winning the jackpot on the Mega Millions and the Powerball, two top US lotteries, are 1 in 302 million and 1 in 292 million respectively. The odds of winning the Mega Sena jackpot are also more than 12 times better than the jackpot odds of the SuperEnaLotto, also known as the Italian National Lottery, and nearly 3 times better than the EuroMillions.
Not only is the jackpot more attainable, but the second and third tier prizes offer considerably shorter odds than you will find on other lotteries. The odds of any Mega Sena ticket winning the second prize are nearly 100 times more likely than the same thing happening with a Powerball ticket.
What was the Biggest Mega Sena Jackpot?
There is a minimum jackpot of R$2 million on the Mega Sena, but there is no maximum jackpot. In theory, this means that there is no limit to how high it can climb, but the relatively short jackpot odds means it is often claimed long before it has a chance to climb too high.
The largest ever Mega Sena jackpot was R$263.2 million and was claimed by four ticket holders. The largest amount won by a single ticket holder was R$205 and was claimed in 2015.
Play Mega Sena Online
Actual Mega Sena tickets can only be purchased from officially licensed vendors in Brazil, but virtual tickets can be bought online from anywhere in the world. You don’t need to be Brazilian or even South American to play Mega Sena online, but you do need to be of legal age and reside in a country where online gambling is legal, which pretty much includes all countries except for the United States and parts of Asia and few others.
Online vendors are unofficial because they do not work with the official lottery organisation that runs Mega Sena. But they are still licensed and regulated to provide this service, and they essentially act as middlemen between lotteries and the people who want to play them. The legitimate ones are safe and can be trusted, but it’s still important to do your research prior to joining such a site, making sure it is regulated, certified and safe.