Major changes coming to Mega Millions

Published: Oct. 24, 2017 at 11:42 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 at 1:28 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One of the most popular lottery games in the U.S. is making major changes starting after Friday's drawing.

The game is starting with larger jackpots, larger secondary prizes, a new way to wager, and better odds to win $1 million.

Here's a look at the all the changes:

  • Price point: The price of a ticket increases to $2, the same as Powerball. This will create larger jackpots that are expected to grow at a faster rate.
  • Starting jackpot: The minimum jackpot increases from $15 million to $40 million.
  • "Just the Jackpot" wager: This new way to play will give players a chance to play for the jackpot only, at a cost of $3 for two plays.
  • Odds: The odds of hitting the jackpot increase, to 1 in 302 million. However, the odds of winning the $1 million second prize actually get smaller and are 1 in 12.6 million. The overall odds of winning any prize change to 1 in 24.
  • Numbers: Players will still use the formula of matching five balls plus the Mega Ball number. The first five numbers will be from 1 through 70 (a change from 1 through 75). The Mega Ball number will from 1 through 25 (a change from 1 through 15).

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. The changes go into effect after this Friday's drawing.

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