Mega Millions Makes More Winners, Jackpot Rolls
Oct. 23, 2013 – Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, the first to feature the game’s new odds and prize structure, did not produce any winners for the estimated $55 million jackpot. The jackpot now sits at an estimated $65 million ahead of Friday’s drawing.
The new Mega Millions format chooses white balls numbered 1 through 75, and the Mega Ball 1 through 15. Tuesday’s numbers were 2, 3, 19, 52, 71 and the Mega Ball was 14.
The newly added 5x Megaplier made its debut last night, multiplying non-jackpot prizes by five for players who added the Megaplier option to their tickets for an extra $1.
Two players, one each from Florida and Georgia, were able to match all five white balls drawn, meaning they can claim the very first $1 million second prizes from Mega Millions. Previously, the second-tier prize was worth $250,000, and would be worth $1 million if winners added Megaplier to their tickets.
Neither of Tuesday’s top winners did add the Megaplier option, however if they had, they would have Mega Millions tickets worth $5 million – now the highest non-jackpot prize available on the game.
Along with making larger jackpots that grow more quickly, the changes to Mega Millions that took effect Tuesday are also aimed at making more winners overall. In that effort, the game’s new design was an enormous success.
A total of 1,039,536 Mega Millions players won one of the game’s nine prizes Tuesday night. That’s more than double the average number of winners per draw over the past few months.