Mega Sena Prizes

The Mega Sena lottery offers three different prize tiers, one for those who match all 6 Mega Sena numbers, one for those who match 5 Mega Sena numbers and one for those who match 4 Mega Sena numbers.

Because it is possible to enter anything from 6 to 15 numbers, the odds of winning a Mega Sena prize on any of the three tiers varies according to the quantity of numbers played. That said, the table below gives you some idea of the odds of winning the various Mega Sena prizes available when you play the minimum of 6 numbers with a single entry:

Mega Sena Prize How to Win Odds of Success
Jackpot Match 6 Mega Sena numbers 1 in 50,063,860
Tier 2 Match 5 Mega Sena numbers 1 in 154,518
Tier 3 Match 4 Mega Sena numbers 1 in 2,332

The prize money paid to Mega Sena lottery winners has income tax deducted, but even after such deductions have been taken into account the total Mega Sena prize fund equates to 32.2% of lottery earnings. Those who want to compare the Mega Sena prize fund with those of lottery games that aren’t subject to taxation will be interested to note that the pre-tax figure is 46% of Mega Sena lottery earnings.

The money allocated to Mega Sena lottery prizes is allocated as follows:

35% goes to the Mega Sena Jackpot prize fund
19% goes to the Mega Sena Tier 2 prize fund
19% goes to the Mega Sena Tier 3 prize fund

The remaining 27% goes to a fund for special Mega Sena prize games that offer larger than normal prizes. Some 22% goes to a fund for a special Mega Sena game held every five draws, and 5% goes to a fund for an special Mega Sena game held at the end of each year.

Mega Sena Jackpots

With the odds of winning the Mega Sena jackpot being 1 in 50,063,860 (assuming a basic entry of 6 numbers) it isn’t surprising that sometimes the top prize isn’t won by any player. A rollover feature allows prize money that isn’t won to be carried forward to the next Mega Sena draw, and this can help to generate some truly colossal jackpots.

The biggest Mega Sena jackpot on record was worth R$64.9 million, and that was won in 1999 by a Mega Sena player in Salvador.

Those dizzy heights haven’t been reached since, but there have been several Mega Sena jackpots that have come within kicking distance. For example, in 2007 a R$52.8 million jackpot was won, and in 2008 the biggest Mega Sena jackpot weighed in at R$53.1 million. Add in a R$45 million jackpot at the beginning of 2009 and it is clear for all to see that the massive Mega Sena jackpots keep on coming.

Mega Sena Odds

The odds of winning one of the Mega Sena prizes are as follows:

Match Odds of Winning
6 Numbers (Jackpot) 1 in 50,063,860
5 Numbers 1 in 154,518
4 Numbers 1 in 2,332
Approx. Overall Odds: 1 in 2,298