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Big Changes for Mega Millions Starting Oct. 22

New jackpots will start at $15M, Megaplier option increases maximum to 5X.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The Mega Millions® multi-state lottery game is being redesigned to offer bigger starting jackpots and better overall odds beginning Oct. 22, 2013.

The updated Mega Millions® game will offer a starting jackpot of $15 million, up from the current $12 million, and will grow by at least $5 million every time the jackpot rolls.

The advertised jackpot amount will be increased based on a new 30 payment annuity prize payout instead of the current 26 payment payout annuity valued estimate.

Adding to the excitement, purchasing the expanded Megaplier® option will allow non-jackpot prizes to be multiplied by a factor up to five (5X) – up from the current maximum of four (4X). This change to the Megaplier® option will increase the possible top, non-jackpot prize to $5 million.

The ticket price will remain $1. The Megaplier® option price also will remain $1.

Under the new Mega Millions® game matrix, the overall odds of winning any Mega Millions® prize will improve to 1-in-14.71 from 1-in-40, making an estimated three times as many winners.

The overall odds of winning the game's jackpot will change to 1-in-258,890,850 from the current 1-in-175,711,536. This change is expected to lead to larger jackpot growth.

Players in the redesigned game will choose their first five numbers from a pool of 75, up from the current 56. The group of numbers in the Mega Ball pool will shrink from 46 to 15.

Mega Millions® tickets normally may be purchased for up to 20 consecutive draws. However, to prepare for these changes, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery temporarily limited the game's multi draw feature.

After the August 13 drawing, the number of Multi Draws available for purchase was decrease by one until Oct. 18, the last Mega Millions® drawing under the current game design.

Mega Millions® tickets for the updated version of the game will go on sale beginning Saturday, Oct. 19. At that time, players will again be able to purchase up to 20 draws (10 weeks) of Multi Draw tickets.

How to Play Mega Millions® (redesigned): Mega Millions® tickets cost $1 per play. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 to 15 (the Mega Ball). Players can pick their own numbers or have numbers randomly selected by computer. For an extra $1 per play, players can add the Megaplier®. Prior to the Mega Millions® drawing, the Megaplier® number – ranging from two to five – is randomly selected.

A player who matches the five white balls and purchased Megaplier® can win from $2 million to $5 million. 

Besides Arkansas, Mega Millions® tickets are sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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