Mega Millions Lottery Changes to Start Soon

Kerry Wise
October 25, 2017

That will reportedly increase the game's starting jackpot from $15 million to $40 million.

The $2 ticket also matches the Powerball game, which has seen significant coverage for prizes that have approached $1 billion.

However, the new design decreased the number of white balls to 70 but increased the Mega Ball by 10, making the odds of winning the jackpot to increase from 1 in nearly 259 million to 1 in about 303 million. Players will have a one in 24 overall chance of winning a prize, the commission said. This is the first time the price of the tickets have been changed.

Mega Millions is being redesigned to bring more value to its players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. Those tickets cost $3 for two plays. Lottery officials say there are better odds to win $1 million and other high dollar secondary prizes. OH is one of six states to initially offer that option.

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Heads up if you regularly buy tickets for a Mega Millions drawing, as the prices are going up. The game grew, becoming Mega Millions in May 2002.

"We have a demand for innovation to keep fresh, entertaining lottery games and to deliver the attention-grabbing jackpots", Mega Millions president Debbie D. Alford said in a news release.

The $2 ticket price makes it the same price as a Powerball ticket.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was a $656 million prize split by three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in 2012.