So many people play the Mega Millions that it is often wondered if its worth it. Well, The Cabin reported on Oct. 1, 2013, that Mega Millions is actually going to increase jackpots and the overall odds of winning so that more people can have chances of winning and boost ticket sales.
The multi-state lottery game will have its new rules take effect on Oct. 19, 2013 and here are some of the new numbers to take note of and remember:
- Starting jackpot will be $15 million, up from the current $12 million
- Jackpots grow by $5 million with each drawing
- Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 14.7 which is up from 1 in 40
- Overall odds of winning jackpot: 1 in 258.9 million which is down from 1 in 175.7 million, but that will increase the jackpot growth
“Our hope is that as a result of the change, the Mega Millions jackpot will reach record levels, generate more sales and provide larger lower-tier prizes for our players,” said Bishop Woosley, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director.
Those that play the Mega Millions lottery will choose their first five numbers from a pool of 75, which is up from the current 56. Their Mega Ball number will be chosen from a pool of 15, which is down significantly from the current 46.
Tickets will not increase in price and will remain $1 each. The "Megaplier" will stay at $1 as well. One change though is that the "Megaplier" will allow non-jackpot prizes to be increased up to five times instead of four, which its currently set at.
Even though it has recently been limited, players will once again be able to purchase tickets for up to 20 Mega Millions draws starting on Oct. 19, 2013.