Will the changes to Mega Millions affect how often you play?


Mega Millions is being revamped to bring bigger jackpots quicker, but the price for a ticket is doubling to $2.

The Virginia Lottery says ticket prices and starting jackpots are going up.

The minimum jackpot will increase from $15 million to $40 million but the odds of winning will decrease.

The Ohio Lottery will offer a new option, called '"Just the Jackpot", which will allow players to try their luck at winning the jackpot only, and they will not be eligible for any prizes in the lower-tiers.

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For more information, click on the link in the Related Links box. Right now, players have about a 1 in 14.7 shot to win money.

Players will win $2 for matching the Mega Ball, an increase of $1. For $3 players will get two chances instead of one to win the top prize.

Currently, hitting the jackpot is a 258,890,850 to 1 shot, the changes in number of balls will make it more than 302 million to 1.

Justina Leverich of Garfield, N.J., said she will play Mega Millions but only when a group of friends or co-workers enter.

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Mega Millions' largest jackpot ever was $656 million, won March 30, 2012, and split among three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, according to the lottery's website. Other secondary prizes also are being increased with the updated game.

The Mega Millions changes are similar to those in the multi-state Powerball in 2015.

Mega Millions is now offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If you still want to play with the $1 tickets, you can buy tickets for the drawings on Tuesday and Friday.

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