Mega Millions to become even more mega!

Mega Millions

The Mega Millions game is about to get bigger!

Starting with the October 22, 2013 drawing, Mega Millions players will see changes that include bigger jackpots,  million-dollar second prizes and better odds of winning any prize—all for the same $1 players now pay.

Players will notice that the minimum jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won.

Mega Millions drawings will still consist of five white balls and one gold Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers. Under the new matrix, the number of white balls will increase to 75 and the number of gold balls (the Mega Ball) will decrease to 15. The result will be overall odds of just 1 in 15 to win any prize.

Here are some of the other enhancements that players will see:

  • The prize structure will change. For example, the second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million for matching the first five numbers.
  • The Megaplier, a multiplier option which players can purchase for an additional $1 to increase their non-jackpot prizes, will be expanded to include a five factor. That means a Mega Millions ticket can now win up to $5 million without matching all six numbers.

Under the new matrix, the odds of hitting the jackpot will be 1 in 259 million.

 Mega Millions Prize Structure
Base Prize
Odds: 1 in
5 + Mega Ball
5 (no Mega Ball)
$1 million
4 + Mega Ball
4 (no Mega Ball)
3 + Mega Ball
3 (no Mega Ball)
2 + Mega Ball
1 + Mega Ball
0 + Mega Ball
overall chances of winning a prize:  1 in 14.7

The last time the Mega Millions matrix changed was June 2005.

Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11.

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