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DATE: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford 785-296-5708

Mega Millions Game is Changing October 28;
Fewer Multi-Draws Available after September 8 Drawing

Kansas is getting ready for a new version of Mega Millions with larger starting jackpots and more millionaires! Sales for the new Mega Millions game start Saturday, October 28, 2017. Among the changes players will see are:

Larger starting jackpots:
The starting jackpot for the new Mega Millions game will more than double. At a $2 price point, jackpots for the new game will now start at $40 million and grow faster. Current Mega Millions jackpots start at $15 million.

Bigger average jackpots, more frequently:
The new game will yield higher average jackpots with faster rolls, creating more player excitement and engagement.

Better odds for the $1 million prize:
Substantially improved odds for winning the second prize level of $1 million.  Players who match the first five numbers but not the Megaball win $1 million, or up to $5 million if they purchase the Megaplier option. New odds for the "Match 5" prize are 1 in 12.6 millon. Current odds are 1 in 18.5 million.

$2 game:
The updated Mega Millons game is $2 for a single wager. This is the first price adjustment since the first ticket was sold in 2002, more than 15 years ago. Sales of the Mega Millions game started in Kansas in January 2010.

New wager type - "Just the Jackpot"
Jackpot players will love this exciting new wager type that allows them to play specifically for the jackpot only. At a price of $3, the player will receive two plays for a chance to win the jackpot only. That's two plays for $3.

"The enhanced Mega Millions game is designed to bring more value and excitement to players," said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. "They will see Mega Millions jackpots start higher and climb faster, and the 'Just the Jackpot' option gives players a brand new way to play they've never had before."

In the enhanced version of Mega Millions, players will pick (or have the computer pick) five numbers out of 70 and one number (the Megaball) out of 25.  In the current Mega Millions game, players pick five numbers out of 75, and one number out of 15.

Mega Millions will continue to have two drawings per week on Tuesdays and Fridays in the 46 lottery jurisdictions that offer Mega Millions to their players.

The last time the Mega Millions game was changed was October 2013. This game change will affect Kansas players who like to purchase tickets for multiple consecutive drawings. To prepare, the Kansas Lottery is "stepping down" the number of consecutive Mega Millions drawings players can purchase after the September 8 drawing until October 28 when sales begin for the new Mega Millions game.

For more information and to see the number of multi-draws available from now until the game change, click on Mega Millions Stepdown Chart.

The Kansas Lottery reminds its players to submit their winning and non-winning tickets in the new Kansas Lottery PlayOn® Players Loyalty program to earn points for drawing entries and a chance to win cash and other prizes! 

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