How exactly does the Mega Millions lottery work?

The price of each ticket to play is $2. 

 According to the information provided on the official website for Mega Millions.

"Players may choose six numbers from two independent pools of numbers .

 Five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball).

 or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick.

If you enter a lottery and your numbers match all six of the winning numbers, you will win the jackpot.

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The drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot of $565 million will take place tonight

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