October 20, 2017

Mega Millions to Offer Larger Jackpots, Better Chances to Win $1 Million

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Starting Oct. 28, Mega Millions players are going to start seeing bigger, faster-growing jackpots and better chances of winning a $1 million second-level prize.

“The jackpots will start at $40 million, instead of $15 million,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “This will help the average jackpot amounts go from $152 million to $371 million.”

Reardon noted the chances of winning the $1 million second-level prize will improve from 1 in 18.5 million to 1 in 12.6 million, and the third-level prize for matching four white-ball numbers and the Mega Ball will double from $5,000 to $10,000.

“It’s standard in the lottery industry to refresh games and make them more exciting,” Reardon said. “That’s what these changes are intended to do.”

Reardon said the range of numbers in the new game will change to picking five numbers between 1 and 70 and one number – the Mega Ball – between 1 and 25. The changes also include a price adjustment from $1 to $2 per play.

“Mega Millions hasn’t increased its price since it started in August of 1996, though the jackpots and prize amounts have increased tremendously,” she said.

Mega Millions started as The Big Game in August 1996 with six member states. It became Mega Millions in May 2002, and sales in Missouri started on Jan. 31, 2010.

Mega Millions currently is played in 46 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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