I saw this interesting story about a Mega Millions winner in Virginia. The man won more than $3 million by buying multiple tickets. It points out a different strategy for winning. A woman from St. Louis did the same thing to win more than $45,000 playing Pick 4.
You see, based on the odds, you are 14 times more likely to win a Match 5 prize in Mega Millions over the jackpot. If you have multiple tickets with the numbers you like (or similar numbers), you will increase your winnings when you hit. It's also the theory behind the Megaplier. You'll increase your non-jackpot prizes when you add that feature.
Play for the jackpot, but remember, a $1 million (or $5 million) prize may be just what you need.