Big Changes Coming Soon To Mega Millions

Michele Moreno
October 25, 2017

That will reportedly increase the game's starting jackpot from $15 million to $40 million.

It will also have longer odds and feature bigger prize payouts.

28, the cost of a Mega Millions ticket will increase from $1 to $2.

With the higher prices comes a redesigned game in which players select five numbers from one to 70 and one Mega Ball number from one to 25, according to the commission.

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

There's also a brand new way to play the Mega Millions that's being rolled out in six states to start, including MA, called "Just The Jackpot".

"We have a demand for innovation to keep fresh, entertaining lottery games and to deliver the attention-grabbing jackpots", Mega Millions president Debbie D. Alford said in a news release.

Players will pick from a new "wager type".

Big changes are on the way for Mega Millions lottery players after Friday's drawing.

Mega Millions is now offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions will also introduce a $3 ticket that gives players two chances at the jackpot, rather than one.

The odds of winning the second-place $1 million prize will get better - from 1-in-18.5 million to 1-in-12.6 million. That compares to Powerball, which awarded a historic $1.6 billion prize to three winners in 2016. Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m.

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