Many changes are coming to the US MegaMillions game with the introduction of new rules taking place at the end of October. The latest changes include an increase in the minimum jackpot from $15 million (€13,000,000) to $40 million (€34,000,000); in a bid to create larger jackpots for players – the changes will also include a larger pool of numbers of Mega Balls, taking it from 15 to 25. The first draw with the new changes will go into effect on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.
Rule Changes on the US MegaMillions
Kicking off on Tuesday 31 October 2017, the draw will be a little more challenging to win the MegaMillions jackpot, with the odds going from 1 in almost 259 million to 1 in about 303 million while the odds of winning the second-tier prize of $1 million have improved from 1 in about 18 million to 1:12 million.
MegaMillions goes toe to toe with its US rival lottery, the Powerball.
Both lotteries compete for record-breaking jackpot prizes.
For four years, the US MegaMillions held the world record with the $656 million (€565,000,000) jackpot claimed in March 2012 by three lucky ticket holders. Then in January 2016, the US Powerball dwarfed its rival with a $1.58 billion jackpot that was awarded to three lucky winners.
The changes to the MegaMillions rules include:
|BEFORE||FROM OCTOBER 31ST 2017|
|Main numbers||5 numbers from 1 – 75||5 numbers from 1 – 70|
|Mega Ball||1 number from 1 – 15||1 number from 1 – 25|
|Starting jackpot||$15 million (€13,000,000)||$40 million (€34,000,000);|
Benefits of Changes
When commenting on the changes, MegaMillions officials were keen on expressing their excitement and vowed that the jackpots will be even bigger than ever.
These changes to the MegaMillions game will give fans the opportunity to win larger and more impressive prizes, as well as help the states who participate in Mega Millions raise funds for much needed causes. The new funds collected could result in a new monster record for the largest MegaMillions jackpot, possibly the world. The current jackpot record is held $656 million (€565,000,000), won on March 30th, 2012.
Will the US Powerball raise the stakes?
The MegaMillions will bring more fun and excitement to play than ever before. Will the US Powerball change its rules and raise the stakes to retain its supremacy above its bitter rival? Anything could happen and lottery players from all over the world can only stand to benefit from the higher prizes on offer!