4 changes to the Mega Millions that you need to know

Aaron Brown
October 25, 2017

The starting jackpots will make a big jump from $15 million to $40 million, and grow from there, according to lottery officials.

It will also have longer odds and feature bigger prize payouts. Tickets will go up to $2 and players will be able to purchase tickets for up to 14 consecutive draws - basic Powerball tickets have been $2 since January 2012.

With the higher prices comes a redesigned game in which players select five numbers from one to 70 and one Mega Ball number from one to 25, according to the commission.

Overall, the chances of winning any prize will be 1 in 24 instead of the current 1 in 15.

The changes will now put the Mega Millions on equal footing with Powerball.

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The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced that winning the Mega Millions is about to have better odds of winning $1 million dollars, higher average jackpots and faster-growing jackpots.

The odds of winning the jackpot increase from 1 in nearly 259 million to 1 in about 303 million. Players can get two entries for a chance to win the game's jackpot only and not the lesser prizes.

Mega Millions is being revamped to bring bigger jackpots quicker, but the price for a ticket is doubling to $2. You'll be shelling out $2 instead of $1. The "Just the Jackpot" option will only be offered in Texas, Georgia, South Dakota, Ohio, Nebraska an MA to start, but can be added by other states going forward.

If you still want to play with the $1 tickets, you can buy tickets for the drawings on Tuesday and Friday.

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