Mega Millions Game Change Effective for the Oct. 22nd Drawing
Game enhancements include larger and faster-growing jackpots, better overall odds
The Mega Millions game is about to get bigger! Starting with the Oct. 22, 2013, drawing, Mega Millions players will see changes that include larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, a million-dollar second prize and better odds of winning any prize—all for the same $1 players now pay.
Players will notice that the minimum jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won.
Mega Millions drawings will still consist of five white balls and one yellow Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers. Under a new matrix, the number of white balls will increase to 75 and the number of yellow balls (the Mega Ball) will decrease to 15. The result will be overall odds of just 1 in 15 to win any prize.
Here are some of the other enhancements that players will see:
- The prize structure will change. For example, the second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million for matching the first five numbers.
- The Megaplier, a multiplier option which players can purchase for an additional $1 to increase their non-jackpot prizes, will be expanded to include a five factor. That means a Mega Millions ticket can now win up to $5 million without matching all six numbers.
“We are excited that the overall odds of winning have been improved and that a “5X” has been added to the Megaplier,” said Rollo Redburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “And, the change in the odds of winning the jackpot should result in larger jackpots more often.”
Under the new matrix, the odds of hitting the jackpot will be 1 in 259 million.
The last time the Mega Millions matrix changed was June 2005.
Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 9:59 p.m.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $558 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.