Mega Millions lottery players will now be able to take comfort in the fact that the game is in the process of being completely redesigned, and will now feature bigger starting jackpots and improved overall odds of winning.
Pennsylvania branch Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci explains, “The updated Mega Millions game will now offer a starting jackpot of $15 million, which is $3 million up from the current starting jackpot. It’s also expected to grow by at least $5 million every time the jackpot rolls over. Adding to this excitement, purchasing the Megaplier option will now allow non-jackpot prizes to be multiplied by a factor of five, which is one up from the current maximum of four. This change will see the Megaplier option increasing the top, non-jackpot prize up to $5 million.”
The planned changes are expected to be implemented from the 22nd October 2013, and under the new Mega Millions game structure the overall odds will change from 1 in 175,711,536 to 1 in 258,890,850. This change in odds is anticipated to result in a much larger jackpot growth. Mega Millions ticket prices will remain at $1, with the Megaplier option price also remaining static at $1. The ball pool will now feature 75 balls, which is up from the current 56. The Mega Ball pool, however, will be reduced from 46 to 15 balls.
Tickets for the redesigned game will go on sale from 19 October 2013. From that point in time, players will once again be able to purchase up to 13 weeks of advance-play tickets. Currently, the advance-play draws will be decreasing by one right up to October 18, when the last Mega Millions draw will take place under the current (old) game structure.
Mega Millions draws are held every Tuesday and Friday. Tickets are sold in 43 states, Washington DC and the U.S Virgin Islands, and are available here.