Oct. 21, 2013 – It has been more than three months since the announcement that Mega Millions would be undergoing changes, and now those changes have finally gone into effect.
Starting with Tuesday’s drawing for an estimated $55 million jackpot, players can expect larger jackpots that climb much more quickly, making more winners along the way.
Mega Millions fans will be relieved that the game’s $1 price tag will not be changing – but that’s about it. The starting jackpot will now be worth $15 million. The game’s odds, along with the numbers on your play slip, have changed, and Megaplier is bigger and better too.
The most obvious change, which many players likely noticed following Friday’s drawing, was that the numbers players can choose from have changed.
White balls used to be selected from a drum containing balls numbered 1 through 56. That number has now grown to 75, making the odds of matching the number on a white ball a bit more difficult.
However, the odds of matching the Mega Ball have become significantly better. Players previously chose a Mega Ball number out of 46. Now, Mega Balls are numbered just 1 through 15, and don’t forget, matching the Mega Ball alone will win you a prize.
(Read this post to see how you can make the most of 1 in 15 odds on the Mega Ball).
Mega Millions’ prize structure has undergone some changes as well. Once someone wins the current jackpot prize, players will see that the starting jackpot has increased from $12 million to $15 million. The jackpot prize is also guaranteed to grow by at least $5 million each time it rolls over.
Second-tier prizes, which were formerly worth $250,000, are now worth a cool $1 million, and matching four white balls will now score players $500.
The game’s Megaplier option, which players can choose to add for an extra $1, has expanded to include a 5x Megaplier that will multiply non-jackpot prizes by five if it is drawn.
Under the old format, Mega Millions players who purchased the Megaplier option and won a second-tier prize would automatically win $1 million, regardless of the Megaplier.
Now, the Megaplier has an impact on the new $1 million second prize, and can multiply it all the way up to $5 million!
For Mega Millions players, change is a good thing. The new Mega Millions game design will be paying out more of the game’s smaller prizes than ever before, so don’t miss your chance – you can’t win if you don’t play.