Starting with the October 22nd drawing, Mega Millions players will see changes in the game.
The changes will produce larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, a million-dollar second prize and better odds of winning any prize all with no increase in cost.
"Players tell us time and time again they love playing for the big, life-changing jackpots," said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason. "With these enhancements, we expect to have faster growing jackpots - all for the same $1."
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 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 Mega Balls will decrease to 15. The result will be overall odds of just 1 in 15 to win any prize.
Other enhancements include a new prize structure (for example, the second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million for matching the first five numbers) and a change in the Megaplier option which will enable a player to win up to $5 million without matching all six numbers. These changes will be in effect after the October 18 drawing.
The changes bring the odds of hitting the jackpot to 1 in 259 million. The last time the Mega Millions changed was June 2005.