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Mega Bucks Tri State Lottery

The Tri State Megabucks PLUS is just one of the US Lotteries that is offered by a Multi-State consortium – in this case 3 States from the New England area of North America.

It was the very first Multi-State USA Lottery game to be introduced and is drawn at the NH Lottery HQ in Concord.

The 3 most northerly US States in New England – Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine combined to jointly form the Tri State Megabucks back in 1985. Tickets for the Tri State Lottery were first sold on September 3rd 1985.

The first draw for the Tri State Megabucks took place on September 14th 1985 and throughout the 3 States it has been a popular New England Lottery game since its launch.

All 3 of members of the TriState Lottery are also part of the MUSL (Multi State Lottery Association) and as such, also offer the massive country-wide Powerball. The Tri State Lottery games themselves, though, are not a part of the MUSL portfolio.

The TriState Lottery has various other games that the 3 States also offer including Gimme 5, Lucky for Life, Pick 3 and Pick 4here though, we will be taking a look at their flagship lottery the Tri State Megabucks PLUS

TriState Lottery Megabucks PLUS Overview

The Tri State Megabucks PLUS is the very latest game to be offered by the Tri State Lottery consortium – the Vermont Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery and Maine Lottery.

It took over on July 26th 2009 from the long standing Tri State Megabucks with the very first draw taking place on July 29th 2009.

The Megabucks PLUS has been made even more appealing than its predecessor with larger starting jackpots being offered, plus bigger 2nd prizes and better odds of winning the lottery.

The Tri State Megabucks PLUS is the traditional draw-style, lotto jackpot game of the Tri State Lottery. It is their premier game and is now even better than the original Tri State Megabucks game which was first introduced way back in 1985.

Each of the 3 participating member States refers to the TriState Lottery by its own individual name – the Megabucks Vermont, the Megabucks Maine and in New Hampshire the NH Megabucks.

The jackpot prize for the Tri State Megabucks PLUS commences at U$ 1 MILLION as opposed to the U$ 500,000 starting jackpot of the old Megabucks and each time the top prize is not won a rollover of at least US$ 50,000 occurs. The top prize is then added to the next draw’s jackpot which increases in size until won.

This game uses a dual matrix of 5/41 and 1/6 with drawings for the game taking place twice every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7.59pm Eastern Time.

We’d like to invite you to take a look at how this TriState Lottery works and see the Tri State Megabucks PLUS for yourself

Tri State Megabucks PLUS How it Works

The Tri -State Megabucks PLUS uses a double matrix of 5/41 and 1/6. This means that when playing, you first need to select 5 numbers out of a range from 1 to 41 and then select a MegaBall number out of a range of numbers from 1 to 6.

If you match all 5 of the main numbers drawn plus the Megaball, you will be a lucky winner of the Megabucks PLUS jackpot.

In addition to the jackpot itself, there are 8 more ways in which you can win on the Megabucks PLUS, with prizes to be won if you match either the 5 main numbers, 4 main numbers plus the MegaBall, 4 main numbers, 3 main numbers plus the MegaBall, 3 main numbers, 2 main numbers plus the MegaBall, 2 main numbers or even just 1 main number plus the Megaball.

A Easy Pick facility is available when playing the Tri State Megabucks PLUS similar the Lucky Dip option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s EuroMillions or the Quick Pick option on many other USA Lottery games – which means that you can get the computer or online lottery ticket sales agent to select all your Megabucks numbers randomly for you.

So… playing the TriState MegaBucks PLUS is simple…just select your own 5 numbers plus a Megaball or request them to be automatically generated for you by using the computer-generated Easy Pick – random number generator – facility.

The cost of each entry into this TriState Lottery is US$ 2.00.

Tri State Megabucks PLUS Who Can Play?

As with most US Lotteries previously only citizens living in the 3 participating States were allowed to play in any of the VT Lottery, ME Lottery & NH Lottery games including the Tri State Mega Bucks you used to have to buy your TriState Lottery tickets from an authorized retailer in 1 of the 3 New England member States.

Nowadays, though, there are numerous online lottery ticket sales agencies who are both authorized and genuine such as TheLotter – you are able to select your Megabucks numbers online and purchase your tickets without worrying about where in the world you may be living.

This is good news of course if you live outside of Vermont, Maine & New Hampshire & the USA but want to play the game and ensure that you have your entry into the next drawing or just want to have the ease and convenience to buy lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the TriState Lottery draw, you can then easily check the Megabucks results online to see how you have done and check if you are one of the lucky winners.

You will need to be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for any of the TriState Lottery games including tickets for the Tri State Megabucks PLUS.


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Megabucks PLUS Participating States

The following is a list of the U.S. States that are members of the TriState Lottery Consortium and take part in the Tri State Megabucks PLUS game. There are 3 member States

Maine State New Hampshire Vermont

Megabucks PLUS Information & Background

The Tri State Megabucks PLUS is a revised and better version of the previous Tri State Megabucks game and commenced operations back in July 2009.

The Megabucks PLUS now offers bigger jackpots, better odds, higher 2nd prizes and more prize levels than its predecessor..

The Mega Bucks game from the Vermont Lottery, Maine Lottery and New Hampshire Lottery first started off in 1985 using a matrix of 6/30 and it was drawn once a week on Saturdays only.

The matrix has underwent various changes over the years, changing from its original configuration to 6/36 in January 1986.

In January 1988, the matrix was altered again, this time to 6/40.

Mega Bucks weekly draws increased to twice per week with a Wednesday draw being added to the TriState Lottery in May 1990.

The “MegaCash” option was introduced in June 1996 giving winners the option of taking their jackpot win as a cash lump sum.

Tri State Megabucks PLUS Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the TriState Megabucks PLUS are incredibly competitive when compared to many of the US Lotteries, especially the other Multi State Lottery games such as the nationwide Mega Millions and its rival Powerball.

The chances of you winning a Megabucks PLUS jackpot prize are 1 in 4.49 million – for these odds you could be a Tri State Lottery jackpot winner by matching 5 main numbers plus the MegaBall.

For a prize on the 2nd level, the odds come in at 1 in 899,278 for correctly matching the 5 main winning Megabucks numbers.

The likelihood of winning a 3rd tier prize comes in at 1 in 24,980 for matching 4 of the main numbers plus the MegaBall and for a prize on the 4th tier the odds are reduce down to just 1 in 4,996 for successfully mathcing 4 of the main winning numbers.

5th tier prize odds are 1 in 714 for selecting 3 of the main Megabucks numbers plus the MegaBall with odds for a 6th level prize being 1 in 143 for choosing 3 of the main winning numbers.

With so many different ways to win, there are also prizes for tiers 7, 8 and 9 – with odds for a 7th tier win being 1 in 63 for choosing 2 of the main numbers plus the MegaBall and 8th level odds coming in at just 1 in 13 for picking 2 of the main Megabucks numbers . The 9th and final prize level offers odds of 1 in 15 for correctly picking just 1 of the main numbers plus the MegaBall.

The overall odds of you winning any prize on the Tri State Megabucks PLUS are incredibly 1 in only 6. These are great odds for a jackpot game that produces 1000s of winners every week.

Tri State Megabucks PLUS - ODDS and PRIZES

Prize Level

Number of Matches

Prize Win

Odds of Winning


5 Main + MEGAball


1 in 4,496,388


5 Main

$ 30,000

1 in 899,278


4 Main + MEGAball

$ 1,300

1 in 24,980


4 Main

$ 150

1 in 4,996


3 Main + MEGAball

$ 25

1 in 714


3 Main

$ 7

1 in 143


2 Main + MEGAball

$ 5

1 in 63


2 Main

$ 2

1 in 13


1 Main + MEGAball

$ 2

1 in 15

Tri State Megabucks PLUS Record Jackpots

August 4th 2010 saw the largest win on the Tri-State Megabucks PLUS to date. A US$ 12.5 MILLION jackpot was won in New Hampshire which is the largest prize ever awarded to a single ticket holder in the history of either the Tri-State Megabucks PLUS or its predecessor the Tri-State Megabucks.

Prior to this the biggest win on the Tri-State Megabucks has been the whopping US$ 16.4 MILLION jackpot won in January 1992 which was shared between winners in Maine and Vermont.

Megabucks PLUS How Prizes are Paid

As a Tri State Megabucks jackpot winner, you have a choice in how you wish to receive your winnings. You can choose to have either a single cash lump sum payment or an annuity.

You will need to make the choice as to whether you wish to receive the cash lump sum option or the annuity option of installment payments within 60 days of making your winning claim. If you make no decision, after the 60 day period, the jackpot will automatically be paid to you in the form of an annuity payment.

If you choose to receive your Tri State Megabucks jackpot as an annuity, it will be paid to you in yearly installments over 30 years.

Depending upon whether you have played Megabucks PLUS with the Maine Lottery, the New Hampshire Lottery or the Vermont Lottery you will be able to claim your winnings at any lottery retailer for amounts up to either US$ 499.99 or US$ 599.99.

Wins of between US$ 500 and US$ 5,000 with the VT Lottery can be claimed at any Chittenden Bank or at the headquarters of the VT Lottery whilst wins of US$ 600 or more with the NH Lottery must be claimed at the NH Lottery headquarters or by mail.

If you are a Tri State Megabucks jackpot winner, you will need to make your winning claim at the headquarters of either the Vermont Lottery, the Maine Lottery or the New Hampshire Lottery.

You will need to claim any TriState Lottery prize within 365 days of the draw taking place before the ticket will become invalid.

If you buy lottery tickets online however, whatever your win, none of this will be a concern for you, as your lottery ticket sales agency such as TheLotter will take care of all these things for you.

Megabucks PLUS Where the Money Goes

Citizens of the 3 States offering the Tri State Megabucks PLUS –  Vermont, Maine and New Hampshirebenefit in various ways from lottery proceeds…

Primarily, funds generated by the TriState Lottery games go towards the Education fund, helping to maintain the general welfare of the people.

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