Mega Millions to offer larger starting jackpots, more chances of winning
The Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is being redesigned to offer bigger starting jackpots and better overall odds of winning, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said Tuesday.
The revamped game will launch Oct. 22.
"The updated Mega Millions game will offer a starting jackpot of $15 million, up from the current $12 million, and will grow by at least $5 million every time the jackpot rolls," said Todd Rucci, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery. "Adding to the excitement, purchasing the expanded Megaplier option will allow non-jackpot prizes to be multiplied by a factor of five – up from the current maximum of four."
The change to the Megaplier option will increase the top, non-jackpot prize to $5 million, Rucci said.
The price of a ticket and the Megaplier option will each remain $1.
Players in the redesigned game will choose their first five numbers from a pool of 75, up from the current 56. The group of numbers in the Mega Ball pool will shrink from 46 to 15.
Under the new Mega Millions game matrix, the overall odds of winning any prize will improve to 1-in-14.71 from 1-in-40, making an estimated three times as many winners, Rucci said.
Your odds of winning the overall jackpot, however, won't be as good, changing to 1-in-258,890,850 from the current 1-in-175,711,536. The change, officials said, is expected to lead to larger jackpot growth.
To prepare for the changes, the Pennsylvania Lottery must temporarily limit advanced sale of game tickets. Tickets for the updated version of the game will go on sale beginning Oct. 19.
Pennsylvania joined the multi-state lottery in January 2010.
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