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Redesigned Mega Millions features increased starting jackpot increase to $40 million, higher ticket price

Starting Saturday, the Mega Millions game is being redesigned to bring more value to players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. Part of this redesign is a change in ticket price, moving from $1 to $2.

“Among several changes in the game are starting jackpots that will now more than double from $15 million to $40 million,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “The jackpots will grow faster overall, which will be attractive to many players who wait for big numbers. It used to be a $10 million Lotto Kentucky jackpot was news – now we don’t see players start to really engage with the big multi-state games until the jackpot reaches around $200 million. These changes will help the game achieve those heights faster.”

In addition, there are better odds to win $1 million prizes and higher secondary prizes. In the redesigned game, players select five numbers from 1 to 70, and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Players will have a 1 in 24 overall chance of winning a prize.

The game also has a new optional $3 wager called Just the Jackpot. This allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot only. Just the Jackpot tickets will not be eligible for any other prize levels.

Mega Millions has been sold in Kentucky since January 2010. Mega Millions currently is played in 46 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

From Kentucky Lottery

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