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DATE: Thursday, October 17, 2013
CONTACT: Karie Lowe (785) 296-5744

Exciting Changes to Mega Millions Begin October 19!

Exciting changes are coming to the Kansas Lottery's Mega Millions game.  After tomorrow night's drawing, there will be new game enhancements that will allow for larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, and better odds of winning a prize!  Other good news - the price of a ticket will remain $1.

The new game enhancements include increasing the starting jackpot from $12 million to $15 million, and allowing the jackpot to grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won.  In addition, the prize structure will change.  Players who match the first five numbers are now guaranteed to win $1 million, which is a major increase from the previous prize of $250,000. 

Another exciting change is that the Megaplier option will now include a Megaplier of 5x.  The Megaplier multiplies prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5, giving players a chance to win up to $5 million on non-jackpot prizes!  Megaplier costs an additional $1 per play.

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 a prize!  The odds of hitting the jackpot will be 1 in 259 million.  The jackpot for tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing is an estimated $37 million, with a cash option of $25.2 million.

Players who use play slips when purchasing Mega Millions tickets will need to use the new Mega Millions play slips.  The new play slips will be available at all Lottery retailers after tomorrow night's drawing.

Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands.  Drawings are held at approximately 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday.

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