Mega Millions Changes Set for October 22 Drawing

Changes will create larger, faster-growing Jackpots

For Immediate Release Contact: Chanele Newton 312-368-5814

CHICAGO, IL — October 18, 2013 — This weekend lottery players will be able to try their luck on the newly enhanced Mega Millions game. Starting October 19, the revamped Mega Millions game will feature larger, faster growing jackpots; second-place prizes of at least $1million; and better odds of winning smaller cash prizes. The game will retain its current $1 ticket price, as well as the optional Megaplier (costs an extra $1) that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five.

The multi-state game revamp will also increase the minimum jackpot forMega Millions from $12 million to $15 million, and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing if the jackpot is not won. Mega Millions drawings will still consist of five white balls and one gold Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers. Under the new matrix, the number of white balls will increase from 56 to 75 and the number of gold balls (the Mega Ball) will decrease from 46 to 15. As a result, overall odds of winning a prize will drop to 1-in-15 (versus current game’s overall odds of 1-in-40).

Mega Millions changes take effect for the October 22 drawing and were recommended by the Mega Millions executive committee, after seeing similar changes in 2012 to the Powerball game, which resulted in faster growing jackpots, higher sales, and increased profits to good causes. Tickets for the new Mega Millions game cannot be purchased until after the October 18 drawing.

Under the new matrix, the odds of hitting the Mega Millions jackpot will be 1-in-259 million (versus the current 1-in-175 million).

Mega Millions Prize Structure


Base Prize

Odds: 1 in

5 + Mega Ball



5 (no Mega Ball)

$1 million


4 + Mega Ball



4 (no Mega Ball)



3 + Mega Ball



3 (no Mega Ball)



2 + Mega Ball



1 + Mega Ball



0 + Mega Ball



Overall chances of winning a prize: 1-in-14.7

The Mega Millions matrix was last changed in June 2005. Illinois is home of the largest Mega Millions prize awarded in history. In April 2012, a Red Bud, Illinois resident won $218.6 million; part of a $656 million jackpot split with winners in Kansas and Maryland.

About Mega Millions

Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:00 Eastern Time, 10:00 Central Time, 9:00 Mountain Time and 8:00 Pacific Time. Profits from every Mega Millions ticket sold remain in the state in which the ticket was sold. For more information, visit


About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at Players must be at least 18 years old.