FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
NEW MEGA MILLIONS® ENHANCEMENTS FEATURE
INCREASED STARTING JACKPOTS AND MORE MILLIONAIRES
~ Enhancements begin on October 28, 2017! ~
TALLAHASSEE - The MEGA MILLIONS® Draw game is undergoing a redesign that will bring more value to its players with larger starting jackpots and more $1 million winners! The new enhancements include a starting jackpot that will increase from $15 million to $40 million, and will grow faster overall; better odds to win the second-tier prize of $1 million; and larger lower-tier prizes. The ticket price will also change, increasing from $1 to $2 per play; Megaplier® will remain at $1 more per play.
The MEGA MILLIONS number matrix will also change; players will now select five numbers from 1 to 70, and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Overall odds of winning a prize will be one-in-24. The new MEGA MILLIONS enhancements will go into effect on Saturday, October 28, 2017; the first drawing to include the enhancements will be Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
"Since joining MEGA MILLIONS four years ago, this multi-state game has become a player favorite; generating millions in contributions to education," said Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. "We look forward to these new enhancements creating even more enthusiasm among our players and retailers, with an additional $9 million in education contributions expected during the first year."
ABOUT MEGA MILLIONS IN FLORIDA
TMEGA MILLIONS drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. ET and are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery's website and official YouTube channel. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery's website, at retailers statewide, and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Since joining MEGA MILLIONS in 2013, the game has generated approximately $274 million for education, and has awarded more than $290 million in prizes to 37.8 million players.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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