Thursday August 29th 2013 – The Florida Lottery, which begun selling tickets for Mega Millions in May, is welcoming the new changes to the game which are due to begin on Saturday October 19.
What are the changes?
The new improved Mega Millions game will see increased starting jackpots of $15 million (up from $12 million), increases of $5 million between rollover jackpots plus an increase in the second tier prize from $250,000 to $1 million.
The matrix of the game will also be changing to in increase the overall odds of winning a prize from its current 1 in 40 to an incredible to 1 in 15. Currently, players must match five main numbers from a possible 56 plus the Mega Ball from a second batch of 1- 46.
As of October 19, players will have to choose their five main numbers from an increased matrix of 1-75 and the Mega Ball from a reduced matrix of 1 – 15. This will increase the overall odds of winning the jackpot from its current 1 in 175.7 million to 1 in 258.9 million but will significantly reduce the overall odds of winning a prize.
Why are they changing it?
The Mega Millions changes are being introduced to re-energize the brand and breathe some life back into the game to create bigger and better jackpots, in the same way the Powerball changes in early 2012 did (read more about that here).
As one of the newest states to join Mega Millions, Florida Lottery has declared they are 100% behind the changes and believe they will help booster the multi-state lotteryâ€™s waning popularity in the state.
What do Florida say?
Since joining the second multi-state game in May 2013, Mega Millions ticket sales in Florida have been sluggish and failed to live up to expectations. Initially, sales of $4 million per week were anticipated but actual weekly sales have been closer to a disappointing $2.2 million. However, the expected reduction in Powerball and Lotto ticket sales has not occurred as expected.
While lottery officials are quick to state that the recent monster Powerball jackpots and their own recent $59 million state lottery jackpot have been contributing factors in the poor figures, they have nevertheless slashed their annual ticket sales for the game estimations from $209 million to $125 million. Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell commented that the success of the other games “had really taken the wind out of the sails” for Mega Millions first year in Florida.
On the plus side, the year has been a buoyant one for the Florida Lotto overall, with high sales of Powerball and Lotto tickets helping to keep overall projections on track.
In Other Lottery News
The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots continue to roll after yet another week with no jackpot winners. The estimated jackpot for the Mega Millions draw which takes place on Friday is now $77 million and Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is now an estimated $142 million.
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