Date: October 18th, 2013
It is quite possible that many of you who got Mega Millions quick picks this weekend were quite shocked to see that the numbers in play for the white and mega ball have changed drastically. So how many white balls are in the new Mega Millions game and what number changes have been made to the Mega Millions lottery game?
For one, the number of white balls has increased from 56 to 75. That’s 19 more numbers added to the already endless amount of combinations possible with the old game.
Well, what about the Mega Ball you ask? It has changed too, but is decreasing from a total of 46 balls to just 15. Thank you Mega Millions for the decrease in the Mega Ball.
The second prize is also changing from 250,000 to 1 million. The jackpots will also start at 15 million instead of 12 million, and the jackpots will increase by at least 5 million after every non-winning drawing.
Tickets will still cost $1 dollar but there is a real kicker here. Here is the ultimate downer to these wholesale changes: the odds of winning the jackpot have gotten longer, a lot longer. It’s bad enough that the chance of winning the grand prize was already 1 in 175 million or so.
The odds will expand from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 259 million. That’s around another 70 million plus jump in the odds of winning the grand prize.
But wait, there is even more changes. What’s the most you can win for second prize in the new Mega Millions?
It is possible that you could win up to 5 million dollars for getting all the white balls correct and paying the extra dollar for the megaplier. This will happen because the magaplier will increase from 4 to 5. So if you pay another dollar, get all the white balls and the megaplier hits 5 you could be one happy camper.
Mega Millions is obviously making these changes to compete with the more dramatic and higher jackpots of the Powerball. The larger increases between jackpots should help Mega Millions look a lot more attractive on those billboards we pass on the highways everyday going to and from work.
In fact, there is even a great chance that Mega Millions could be setting some record jackpots with the odds of winning getting harder. That just means there will be less winners.
When can you start buying the new Mega Millions tickets? The new style game will go on sale on October 19th (Saturday) for the October 22 (Tuesday drawing).
Some believe though that more people might opt to play their own state lottos more where the odds of winning millions of dollars are much better.
What do you think of the new Mega Millions changes? Please comment in the box below your thoughts about these new Mega Millions changes.