Mega Sena

Mega Sena is a twice-weekly lottery game that is played every Wednesday and Saturday in Brazil. It differs from many other draw-based lottery games because it generates winning numbers using two separate machines. The first machine selects the first digit of each winning number and the second machine selects the second digit. Although this approach is somewhat different to using a single machine to select all of the winning numbers, it doesn’t complicate things for players by any means. In fact, playing Mega Sena is just as straightforward as playing any other mainstream lottery game in South America or anywhere else.

How to Play Mega Sena

Playing Mega Sena is a simple matter of selecting 6 numbers from 01 to 60 and marking these on a play slip or – if playing online – on a virtual play slip. You then select the number of draws that you want to enter your numbers for and pay for the appropriate number of tickets.

As mentioned a few moments ago, the Mega Sena lottery game uses two machines. The first machine contains the numbers 0 to 5 and the second machine contains the numbers 0 to 9. If two zeros are drawn as the first and second digits then the winning number is 60, otherwise the two numbers are taken at face value as the first and second digits of the winning number (for example, a 4 from the first machine and a 2 from the second machine would give the winning number 42).

Players don’t really need to worry about any of this, because when the draw has taken place the six winning numbers are published in the conventional format. Any player who matches all six numbers will win the jackpot (or a share thereof if there is more than one winner) and consolation prizes can be won by matching fewer than six numbers, as shown in the table below:

Prize Level How to Win Odds of Winning
Jackpot Match 6 main numbers 1 in 50,063,860
2 Match 5 main numbers 1 in 154,518
3 Match 4 main numbers 1 in 2,332

Claiming Prizes

Mega Sena lottery winners must claim their prize within 90 days of the draw taking place, and failing to meet this deadline will result in the prize being forfeited. In that event the money is used to help various good causes, but the player will have no further entitlement to the prize, so it makes sense to claim any prize you win as promptly as possible. As always, players who participate in the Mega Sena game online will be notified of any win by email, but it is also a good idea to check the latest Mega Sena lottery results personally as an extra precaution.

Mega Da Virada

Although the twice-weekly Mega Sena game is the one that most Brazilians will be referring to when talking about the lottery in general terms, there is also a Mega Da Virada draw that is held every year on 31 December. 5% of proceeds raised by the Mega Sena game each week are set aside to fund the prize pool for the Mega Da Virada, so jackpots are particularly special (think eight or even nine figures). Despite the supersized jackpots that are offered by Mega Da Virada draws, tickets cost the same as in regular Mega Sena games.

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