Mega Millions is an American multi-jurisdictional lottery game that was first released in 1996.

it was released under the name The Big Game and briefly rebranded as The Big Game Mega Millions six years later.

As of January 30, 2020, it is available in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Big Game Mega Millions drawing was the inaugural one, which took place in 2002.

all versions of what is now Mega Millions had a gold ball with six stars to symbolize the game's inaugural membership, however, some lotteries put their individual emblem in the ball. 

The game was initially offered in six states.

Recently 9 people have won a total of $9 million, $1 million dollar each in the Mega Million lottery.

4,446,493 people won $2 dollars each, which collectively sums up to $9 million as well.

The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at $1 billion. The estimated $1.02 billion top prize will be awarded in Friday night's lottery.

Good luck!