A number of Mega Millions changes will take place in time for the draw on October 31st 2017, with the aim of increasing the jackpots offered by the multistate game. Not only will top prizes roll higher than previously, but the good causes aided by individual state lotteries should also see an upturn in funding after the adjustments come into force.
Following the drawing on Friday 27th October, players will be able to choose from 70 main numbers, down from the current 75, and 25 Mega Balls, up from 15. These changes to Mega Millions will lengthen the odds of winning the jackpot, from 1 in 258.9 million to 1 in 302.6 million, but will increase ticket holders’ chances of winning the second tier award of at least $1 million.
Most other prizes will increase, with the third tier award, for those who match four main numbers and the Mega Ball, being boosted from $5,000 to $10,000. Players who match three main numbers and the Mega Ball will receive $200, rather than $50 as is the case at the moment.
The frequency with which the various Megapliers are drawn will also change from October, although no details have been released on the new odds just yet.
After the Mega Millions changes, the price of a line will increase from $1 to $2, bringing it in line with other major multistate games, such as Powerball. However, individual states will be able to choose whether to offer a new feature called Just the Jackpot, in which participants pay $3 for two lines, but only win a prize if they match all five main numbers and the Mega Ball. They will not be eligible for any non-jackpot prizes.
Mega Millions is played on Tuesday and Friday nights, with winning numbers appearing on this site soon after the drawings take place.
Updated April 26th, 2017