Mega Millions prizes increase under new platform - WRBL

Mega Millions prizes increase under new platform

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The Mega Millions lottery game is expanding.

Starting with the Oct. 22 drawing, Mega Millions drawings will have larger jackpots, million-dollar second prizes and better odds. The cost to play is still $1.

Minimum jackpots will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing when the jackpot rolls. Tickets reflecting the changes will go on sale Oct. 19.

The enhancements also will feature second-tier jackpot prizes of $1 million, increasing from $250,000.

Mega Millions drawings still will consist of five white balls and one Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers. The number of white balls will increase to 75, and the Mega Ball will decrease to 15.  Overall odds to win any prize are 1 in 15. Overall odds of winning the jackpot playing Mega Millions are approximately 1 in 259 million.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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