After there was no declared winner (again) for the Mega Millions drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday is up to $493 million. There were many winners that matched 5 numbers, so each one received $1 million. How to win? Purchase a Mega Millions ticket in one of the 44 participating states or the District of Columbia. Nevada, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi and Alabama do not participate in the Mega Millions lottery, according to the website.