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Mega Millions Lottery Game to Receive Makeover

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Mega Millions Lottery Game to Receive Makeover
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According to www.megamillions.com/about, the lottery game, Mega Millions, “is America’s biggest jackpot game with jackpots starting at $12 million and other prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000.” The popular game is available for play in 45 states across the United States.

Mega Millions holds the record for the highest Jackpot in United States history since the drawing in March, 2012. It was originally called the “Big Game” when it was first introduced in August of 1996. Only six states participated the first year; Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia. The game’s popularity took off in the coming years, increasing the number of states that chose to play and adding an extra day for the drawing. In 2002, the lotto game received the current name of “Mega Millions”.

To play the game, each player may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers; five different numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46, or you can choose the “quick pick” option that allows the computer to choose your numbers for you. To win the jackpot you must match all six winning numbers in a single drawing.

In October, 2013, Mega Millions will be receiving a makeover that will re-format the way that the game is played and won. The cost of the game will remain $1.00, but the overall odds of winning and the megaplier option will be somewhat different. When the changes go into effect, players will choose their first five numbers from a pool of 75 instead of 56 and the last number from the group of numbers in the second pool that will change from 46 balls to 15. Also, if you match five of the six numbers, you will win 1 millions dollars up from $250,000.

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. Adding to the excitement, purchasing the expanded Megaplier option will allow non-jackpot prizes to be multiplied by a factor of five — up from the current maximum of four.
-Todd Rucci, Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director

The odds of winning will change to 1 in 14.71 from 1 in 39.89, and the odds of winning the jackpot will change to 1 in 258,890,850 from the 1 in 175,711,536.

Mega Millions Lottery Game to Receive Makeover
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  • ELWOOD

    THINK IT IS CRAZY TO CHANGE THIS GAME IN MIDDLE OF YEAR- CHANGE SHOULD BE DELAYED UNTIL JANUARY 2014.

    WHAT ABOUT ALL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION PLAYERS THAT PICKED NUMBERS ON THE 1-39 TICKET FORMAT. NOW THEY HAVE TO CHANGE IN MID STREAM OR ARE YOU REFUNDING THEIR MONIES..

    RECENTLY GOT A MEGA MILLIONS RENEWAL SLIP THAT DID NOT MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT THE NEW FORMAT OR THE CHANGES PROPOSED IN OCTOBER 2013..

    ANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO GET THOSE AND RENEW BASED ON THE OLD RULES WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TO DO.. REFUSE TO SIGNE THEM UP FOR A 26 WEEK PLAY..

    CONFUSING, CONFUSING, CONFUSING

  • Tom

    Complete BS! I’ve been playing the same 10 numbers for at least 5 years…twice a week. Now, my mathematical chances that I’ve worked years to narrow down…ARE SHOT TO HELL! Also, someone needs to recalculate those odds for the Jackpot. They have got to be much less probable than what you have stated. I’m going to push for a class action lawsuit against this garbage. You’ll never see another penny from me, you con artists!!

  • Dee Lee

    Your chances if winning a ($1.00) or ($2.00) has increased all of the other odds have increase. I.E the chanceS of ((‘NOT”)) hitting the Jackpot have increased BY 32.1% they have added 83 Million new combinations. The chances of hitting the jackpot is now a more than a quarted of a BILLION..Wow More than a QUARTER OF A BILLION 1 in 258,890,850 from 1 in 175,711,536 those are not better odds..Hitting 5 balls have gone from 1 in 3,904,701 to 1 in 18,492,204 that suppose to be better odds? Yes is pays more it use to be $250,000 now its $1,000,000. Give me the lower odds. You now have 1 thru 75 plus a 1 thru 15 for the powerball. This game is designed to make more money verse good payout. This game sucks unless you are a sucker. They will have higher jackpots because NO ONE is going to win until it gets to records high. I can see this game going months and months without a winner. Powerball look so much better now. Play Mega Million is like “REALLY” just giving money away. Time to stop playing this lottery game.

  • Gustavo

    Nice try. Nice play with numerical statistics. The odds on hitting the second pool of number are better but the odds of hitting the first pool of numbers has gone through the roof. So yes you have a better chance of winning, eh err…, a one dollar.

  • henry

    I have had it of all the gimmiks in the US of A.
    I will simply stop to play.$ 80 less from Texas
    let it be a east coast thing.

    Henry VIII

  • Tony

    I think they should leave mega million like it was.Chances of winning the jackpot are not so good and I think I could get by with winning that old 12 million dollars with less numbers to pick!

  • Fred

    The information is insightful. I have been playing since 1996 and have only won a few dollars from time to time. I previously calculated how much I have spent over the years and felt like I should quit throwing money away. This now convinces me that I have been throwing it away and have no chance of winning in the future. One chance in a quarter billion????? I will divert the money into stocks.

  • Bob

    This is bullsh*t!!! It was hard enough to win the jackpot as it was, now they make it even harder???? Changing the jackpot odds to 1 in 258,890,850 from the 1 in 175,711,536???

  • Gary

    This greatly increased the likelihood that you won’t hit the jackpot. Of course the goal is to pay out less money in the future.

    What I would suggest is that you play the same numbers all the time; not different numbers with each drawing. People have won by playing the same numbers repeatedly.

    That said, I would agree with most of the comments that this is a huge rip-off.

    Since I live in North Carolina, I will continue to play the same numbers that I have played since the beginning of Cash 5 here. No Mega-Millions. I only hope that North Carolina doesn’t monkey with Cash 5.

  • Auto

    Random sample array least played number……….. play on… and on… and on…. AND throw in a KICKER…. I hear these consortiums are paying out to the schools like they’re suppose to.

    Hey you dummies.. the odds are 1 in 3.157 million tickets…. DO THE MATH