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Mega Sena Background and History

Known for its lush beaches, crazy costumes, and amazing music, Brazil doesn’t fall behind when it comes to lotteries either. This one of a kind country brings the world the Mega Sena lottery with some of the highest jackpots in the world. This allows Mega Sena to rival some of the biggest lotteries across the globe, just as the EuroJackpot and US Powerball.

Started in 1961 by the Caixa Economica Federal Bank, the lottery has become a favorite not only in Brazil but all over the world. Besides making some of its players very very rich over night, the lottery is also acting as a benefactor in Brazil. Funds raised by this Brazilian lottery provide a large number of social benefits such as various social and educational programs and helping fight the country’s poverty.

Besides being the country’s biggest lottery game, Mega Sena also boasts a very unique drawing style and has an exceptional super draw that takes place once a year (Mega da Virada), which captivates lottery fans worldwide.


How to play

To enter this life changing lottery, players need to choose six numbers between 1 – 60. You can choose the numbers yourself manually, or alternatively, if you’re feeling lucky, let fate choose for you by opting for the Quick Pick option, which selects the numbers randomly for you.

I mentioned before the unique drawing style of this lottery. This happens by having the balls drawn from two separate barrels, instead of the standard one drum. The first barrel contains numbers from 0 to 5, while the second barrels has numbers from 0 to 9. The winning numbers are drawn in pairs from the two barrels, forming a 2 digit number that ranges between 1 and 60. If drawn, 00 will be replaced by 60 in order to increase chances of winning.

In order to win a prize, players must guess 4, 5 or 6 numbers, with 6 numbers required to win the amazingly high jackpots.

The Mega Sena takes place every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1pm CEST, and ticket entries close at around 1 – 3 hours before the draw.

Since the Mega Sena only has three prize pools, including the jackpot, players can rest assured they will get a larger share if they win. 35% of the proceeds go to the jackpot, and 19% go to the winners of the 4 and 5 number matches respectively.

The remaining funds will go back into the lottery with 22% going towards special drawings that take place once every 5 draws. The last 5% go towards the annual New Year’s Mega da Virada.


Mega Sena Winning Tiers

Tier 1 6 (Jackpot) 1:50,063,860
Tier 2 5 (Quina) 1:154,518
Tier 3 4 (Quadra) 1:2,332
Overall Odds 1:2,298

Mega de Virada

Mega Sena loves to spoil its players, so every New Year, the lottery holds a very special drawing called Mega da Virada. Since 5% of all funds raised throughout the year are assigned to this special draw, it provides a truly enormous jackpot just in time for the winter holidays. This once a year game is played just like the normal Mega Sena, with players needing to match 6 numbers to win the jackpot.


Top 3 Mega Sena jackpots won

Although Mega Sena has quite low odds of winning, there are several people that got extremely lucky and became instant millionaires. The largest jackpot was won by a single player in 1999. This super lucky person won a staggering R$64.9 million.

Although this huge amount hasn’t been reached since, two other extremely lucky people won the second and third largest jackpots: R$53.1 million was won in 2008, and R$52.8 was won a year earlier, in 2007.

But don’t let the low odds of winning the jackpot put you off this amazing lottery. With the two remaining tiers being much easier to win and having much higher odds, you can be sure you still have very good chances of winning pretty hefty sums as well.

 Top 5 most common numbers

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
5 53 51 10 23

 Top 5 least common numbers

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
26 55 22 21 9


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