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Mega Millions Game Changes to Offer Players Better Overall Odds

New Mega Millions game means more prizes for players not hitting jackpot


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August 13, 2013 - Salem, Ore. -

Beginning with the October 22, 2013 drawing, Mega Millions players will see game changes that will result in jackpots starting larger and growing faster, a $1 million second prize and better odds of winning any prize – all for the same $1 ticket price.

“Mega Millions is a relatively new game in Oregon,” said Oregon Lottery Director Larry Niswender. “Mega Millions has only been available in Oregon since March 30, 2010, so Oregon players are still discovering the game. These changes, like larger starting jackpots and a $1 million second prize will help introduce new players to this jackpot game.” Oregon Lottery Mega Millions players have won over $18 million during that time.

Players will notice that the minimum jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won.

Mega Millions drawings will still consist of five white balls and one gold Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers. Under a 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 14.7 to win any prize.

Here are some of the other enhancements that players will see:

  • The prize structure will change. For example, the second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million for matching the first five numbers.
  • The Megaplier, a multiplier option which players can purchase for an additional $1 to increase their non-jackpot prizes, will be expanded to include a five factor. That means a Mega Millions ticket can now win up to $5 million without matching all six numbers.
Under the new matrix, the odds of hitting the jackpot will be 1 in 259 million.
Overall odds of winning a prize go from 1 in 39 to 1 in 14.7.

Mega Millions Prize Structure
Match Base Prize Odds: 1 in
5 + Mega Ball JACKPOT 258,890,850
5 (no Mega Ball) $1 million 18,492,204
4 + Mega Ball $5,000 739,688
4 (no Mega Ball) $500 52,835
3 + Mega Ball $50 10,720
3 (no Mega Ball) $5 766
2 + Mega Ball $5 473
1 + Mega Ball $2 56
0 + Mega Ball $1 21
overall odds of winning a prize: 1 in 14.7

The last time the Mega Millions matrix changed was June 2005.

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