First Mega Million Draw With New Rules
This week sees the first Mega Millions draw with the recent changes implemented by lottery officials in place.
According to Paula LaBrie, the acting director of the California Lottery, as a result of the changes players of the Mega Millions should see larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots and better odds of winning small prizes.Under the new rules the minimum starting jackpot has grown $3 million to $15 million per drawing. Furthermore, the number of balls to choose from has increased to 75 while the number of gold Mega numbers will decrease to 15.
The changes mean players now have a 1 in 15 chance of winning any prize.
The odds of picking the correct five numbers plus the winning Mega number will be 1 in 259 million.
Virginia Lottery Executive Director and lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, Paula Otto, said, “We can expect to see larger jackpots and greater excitement. Yet one very important thing won’t change. The price of a Mega Millions ticket will remain one dollar.”
The Mega Millions can be played in 43 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.