The number selection is now simple, thanks to the new game structure. Players need to select six unique numbers out of a possible 60. If a player matches all their six chosen numbers to the numbers drawn, they win the jackpot. The Mega Sena lottery has a starting minimum jackpot of R$2 million (about $900,000). However, this jackpot has grown to considerable amounts – and there is no doubt that it has the potential to do so again.
The biggest Mega Sena jackpot was won by one single entry from the capital, Brasília, who took 205 million Reais home in November 2015.
Coming in as the second biggest Mega Sena jackpot that has been paid out was R$145 million, won in 2009. This hefty jackpot was split down the middle, due to two ticket holders producing a win. Other notable wins have been R$64.9 million (1999), R$52.8 million (2007), and R$53.1 million (2008).
In addition to the regular Mega Sena lotto, every New Years Eve a very special draw takes place. The Mega Da Virada draw takes place once a year, and offers massive jackpots. For instance, the 2010 jackpot was a scintillating R$194.3 million. These jackpots are made up from a percentage of every prize fund from each draw throughout the year, which means even though they will vary in value you can be assured that it will be a draw worth entering.
The Mega Sena lottery draw occurs bi-weekly; every Wednesday and Saturday at 20h30 BRT. The draw itself takes place in a special lottery truck that travels all over Brazil, so that every draw takes place in a different city.