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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Lottery says changes in the Mega Millions drawing are designed to bring larger and faster-growing jackpots, along with a $1 million second prize and better chances of winning.
"Players tell us time and time again they love playing for the big, life-changing jackpots," said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason in a news release. "With these enhancements, we expect to have faster growing jackpots – all for the same $1."
The minimum Mega Millions jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and after any drawing in which no one wins the jackpot, it will increase by at least $5 million. The second prize, for matching the first five numbers, will rise from $250,000 to $2 million. A change in the Megaplier option will let a player win up to $5 million without matching all six numbers.
The odds of winning any prize will be about one in 15. The odds of winning the jackpot will be one in 259 million.
The changes take effect after the October 18 drawing.