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October 25, 2017

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October, 2017

Exciting Mega Millions® Game Changes Coming Soon!


SACRAMENTO – Starting with the October 31st national Mega Millions draw, the starting jackpot will more than double from the current $15 million starting jackpot to $40 million. The jackpot will also increase by at least $5 million every draw until someone wins. As we’ve seen in Powerball®, larger jackpots usually lead to faster growing jackpots!

Beginning on Saturday, October 28th, Mega Millions ticket prices will increase from $1 to $2. While the odds of winning the jackpot are changing from 1 in 259 million to 1 in 303 million – the game changes will offer players substantially improved odds of winning certain secondary prizes.

“I'm thrilled to see Mega Millions implement game changes that increase opportunities to further support the California Lottery's mission of generating supplemental funding for California’s public schools,” said California Lottery Director Hugo López. 

On average, 40 percent of every Mega Millions ticket sold in California supports the Lottery's mission. This past fiscal year, the California Lottery transferred over $1.5 billion to public schools. In fact, 2016-17 was the 17th consecutive year in which the California Lottery proudly transferred more than $1 billion to California public schools.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states (plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. As of October 31st, tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 22,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Mega Millions site for more information on how to play. You must be at least 18 years old to purchase a ticket, play, or claim a prize.

The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2016-17, the Lottery created 83 new millionaires. Ninety-five 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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