Georgia Lottery: Changes ahead for Mega Millions game

Georgia Lottery officials announced today several upcoming changes to its Mega Millions game, according to a news release from Georgia Lottery Corp.


The starting Mega Millions jackpots will increase from $15 million to $40 million.

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, the release states.

Ticket prices will increase from $1 to $2. Additionally, an optional $3 “Just the Jackpot” wager will allow players to receive two entries for a chance to win only the game’s jackpot, according to the release.

The changes will be effective Oct. 28.

Mega Millions currently is 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 Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in 2012.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m.