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October 19, 2013

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October, 2013 | Lottery Performance

Mega Millions® Game Changes to Offer Faster Growing Jackpots, Better Odds of Winning


SACRAMENTO – We’ve all heard rumblings about the upcoming mega makeover that’s happening soon to the multi-state Mega Millions game. Well, the time is finally here. Mega Millions is about to get even bigger!

Starting with the October 22, 2013 drawing, Mega Millions players will see changes that include larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, and better odds of winning any prize – all for the same $1 players now pay.

“We can expect to see larger jackpots and greater excitement among Mega Millions players,” said Paula LaBrie, Acting Director of the California Lottery. “And it’ll still cost only one buck to play. These changes are a win for everyone, especially our schools, which will hopefully see even more supplemental dollars head their way.”

So what can our faithful Mega Millions players expect to see? Players will notice that the minimum starting jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won. Tickets reflecting the changes are on sale starting today.

Mega Millions drawings will still consist of five white balls and one gold Mega ball, for a total of six winning numbers. Under the new matrix, the number of white balls will increase to 75 and the number of gold balls (the Mega ball) will decrease to 15. The result will be overall odds of just 1 in 15 to win any prize. The odds of hitting the jackpot will be 1 in 259 million.

The last time the Mega Millions matrix changed was June 2005.

Mega Millions is played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Mega Millions site for more information on how to play. 

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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