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091713Here’s a head’s up that changes are coming in the Mega Millions® game next month. And like the updates that were made in Powerball® last year, they’ll mean a higher starting jackpot, faster growing jackpots and a $1 million second prize. But the price of a Mega Millions ticket will remain unchanged at $1, and while there will be better overall odds of winning any prize, the odds in all nine of the game’s prize levels will change, with some growing longer and others decreasing.

We think the changes will turn up the excitement level while continuing to differentiate Powerball and Mega Millions as separate premier big-jackpot games, each with its own features.

Starting with the Mega Millions drawing on Oct. 22, the game’s minimum starting jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and the jackpot will grow by at least $5 million between drawings when no one wins the big prize.

The numbers available to play in Mega Millions will change with the new version of the game. Players will choose five balls from a pool of 75 (currently 56) and another number, called the Mega Ball®, from a separate pool of 15 (currently 46). The result will be overall odds of about 1 in 15 to win any prize (currently about 1:40).

Under the new matrix, the odds of winning the jackpot move to 1 in 258.9 million (currently 1:175.7 million).

Here are some of the other enhancements that players will see:
• The Megaplier, a multiplier option that players can purchase for an additional $1 per play to increase their non-jackpot prizes, will be expanded to include a factor of five (currently four). That means a Mega Millions ticket will be able to win up to $5 million even without matching all six numbers.
• The Mega Millions prize structure also will change. For example, the game’s second prize will increase from $250, 000 to $1 million for matching the first five numbers.

Here is what the Mega Millions prize structure will look like effective next month:

Mega Millions Prize Structure Prize

Odds: 1 in
5 + Mega Ball JACKPOT 258, 890, 850
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