Oct. 7, 2013 – Back in July, we told you that Mega Millions would be undergoing changes come fall, and that time is almost here. Oct. 18 will be the last drawing of “old” Mega Millions, so now is a good time to start getting familiar with the new way to play.
The coming changes are designed to create faster-growing jackpots and more of the smaller prize payouts.
Mega Millions will still cost just $1, but the odds of matching all six numbers will change. While it will be more difficult to match all five white balls in a drawing, players will have a much easier time matching the Mega Ball – the key to winning any prize.
Each drum holding white balls will have 19 more numbers to choose from, but there will be 31 less Mega Balls in the final drum!
Players will only need to choose a Mega Ball number from 1 – 15, which means that the overall odds on the game are now 1 in 15, as winning any prize on the game is as easy as matching the Mega Ball.
Mega Millions’ top, non-jackpot prize is being sweetened as well. In the current version of the game, matching all five white balls but not the Mega Ball wins you $250,000, and if you add the Megaplier option to your ticket you automatically win $1 million.
When the game changes Oct. 19, those second-tier prizes will be worth $1 million right away, and the highest non-jackpot prize will be $5 million – Megaplier is changing too, and will now include a 5x multiplier for non-jackpot prizes.
Finally, the starting jackpot is being bumped up from $12 million to $15 million, and each rollover will add a guaranteed $5 million.
Since the changes were announced over the summer, players have been noticing their advance play options were limited. This is to allow for the changes to go into effect, so check in on your state lottery’s website to see when advance play will return to normal.