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# How much money do you win when you hit the Mega Ball only in the Mega Millions lottery?

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If a Mega Millions player matches only the Mega Ball number and gets no other numbers correct, the prize is \$1. Some states offer a Megaplier option (an extra \$1 purchase) that potentially increases this prize to \$5.

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Players must match the Mega Ball number drawn to their own Mega Ball number selection. Matching just the Mega Ball with no other correct numbers effectively equals the purchase price of the lottery ticket. Winners of small prizes such as this can redeem them from any authorized lottery agent (any location at which Mega Millions tickets are sold) rather than having to submit a claim to the lottery commission.

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