Saturday October 19 2013 – The Mega Millions draw on Tuesday will make history for being the first game to take place after the new changes were implemented this weekend.
As you may have read in earlier LotteryWorld reports, Mega Millions made some of the biggest changes in its game history this weekend in order to step up to rival Powerball, which has dominated the jackpot spotlight over the last year.
The changes, which include extending the main number matrix from 56 to 75, reducing the Mega number pool from 46 to 15 and increasing the Match 5 prize from $250,000 to $1 million, have been implemented in order to make the game’s jackpot harder to win, in an effort to create bigger top prizes.
But will these changes see Mega Millions stealing Powerball’s limelight in 2014?
Powerball underwent its own series of changes in January 2012 in order to generate larger jackpot prizes. As well as doubling the starting jackpot to $40 million and reducing the Powerball number matrix from 39 to 35, ticket prices also increased from $1 to $2. The aim of these changes was to generate a half-billion dollar lottery jackpot – something they achieved in November 2012.
Ironically, despite the changes, Powerball wasn’t the first to reach the half-billion top prize. Mega Millions had pipped them to the post earlier in the year when the record-breaking jackpot of $656 million was won on March 30.
Since then however, Mega Millions has been trailing behind in the jackpot stakes, with Powerball generating nine jackpots worth in excess of $200 million compared to Mega Millions’ best effort top prize of $198 million.
The Race To $1 Billion
Mega Millions are hoping that the new changes will turn the table on dominant Powerball jackpots and pave the way to the first ever billion-dollar jackpot. However, while Powerball looked to revenue to boost their jackpots by increasing the ticket price, Mega Millions is taking a longer term approach by stretching the odds.
The new number matrix changes have almost halved the chances of winning the jackpot, giving players a tiny 1 in 259 million chance of scooping the top prize.
However, in order to keep players interested in a game which has the potential to evade jackpot hunters for months on end, they have substantially increased the Match 5 prize and added a 5x multiplier to the Megaplier, enabling Match 5 winners to win up to a staggering $5 million, $3 million more than Powerball’s equivalent prize tier.
Mega Millions have made it clear they’re playing the long game when it comes to increasing their jackpots, but can they rival the mighty Powerball? Who will win the race to $1 billion, and will it happen in 2014? Only time will tell.
You can see the complete list of Mega Millions changes here.
Mega Millions Results
To see the results for the final Mega Millions draw before the changes came into play, visit the Mega Millions Results page on aLottery.com and see if you’re one of the final old-style Mega Millions winners!