Mega Millions ticket price to rise to $2

25 October, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • A Mega Millions ticket will cost $2 beginning with the Oct. 31 drawing

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

The $2 ticket also matches the Powerball game, which has seen significant coverage for prizes that have approached $1 billion.

Starting with the October 31 draw, it will cost players $2 per ticket to participate - up from $1 per ticket. Players will then have a 1 in 24 overall chance of winning a prize. This is the first time the price of the tickets have been changed.

There's also a brand new way to play the Mega Millions that's being rolled out in six states to start, including MA, called "Just The Jackpot".

Starting Saturday, the Mega Millions lottery is making some changes, including an increase in the cost to play.


So far, the largest Mega Millions jackpot was back in 2012, when three winners split $656 million. A player can wager $3 for two entries to win the jackpot; however, tickets will not be eligible for any other prize level and are Quick Pick only.

In the current game, players choose five numbers from a field of one to 75 and one Mega Ball from a field of one to 15.

Lottery officials say the changes are a response to customer demands for more higher paying jackpots. There will be better odds to win $1 million prizes and higher secondary prizes. You'll be shelling out $2 instead of $1.

If you still want to play with the $1 tickets, you can buy tickets for the drawings on Tuesday and Friday. The game is now offered in 44 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C.

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