Mega Millions ticket prices to double

Mega Millions tickets

(Cleveland) - The Mega Millions game is being redesigned to bring more value to its players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. 

Starting jackpots will increase from $15 million to $40 million, and jackpots will grow faster overall. 

There will be better odds to win $1 million prizes and higher secondary prizes. 

The ticket price also will change, moving from $1 to $2 beginning Saturday, October 28. 

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. 

“We’re excited to bring this change and the opportunity to create more millionaires with the Mega Millions game. Our players demand entertaining games that deliver attention-grabbing jackpots, and this change will do that,” says Ohio Lottery spokesperson Marie Kilbane.

She tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, "Mega Millions is one of the world’s biggest and most recognizable lottery games and is currently played in 46 jurisdictions; 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands." 

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was a $656 million prize split by three winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in 2012. 

There have been 18 jackpot winners in Ohio, the last being in November of 2015. 

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time. The Ohio Lottery has contributed over $23 billion to education since 1974.

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