Changes Ahead for Mega Millions Game

Friday, October 18th, 2013
Mega Millions - Mega Improved

Look for more prizes, bigger starting jackpots

Heads up, Mega Millions players! Exciting changes are coming to the game on Saturday, Oct. 19, to create mind-boggling jackpots and more multimillionaires than ever. For the same $1 ticket, you’re going to see better odds of winning a prize, larger-starting jackpots and faster-growing jackpots.

The changes debut with the Tuesday, Oct. 22 drawing and are the first revisions to the multistate game since June 2005. Mega Millions still holds the jackpot record over Powerball, another multistate game. Credit for the largest jackpot in history – $656 million – went to Mega Millions in March 2012. Both games sell in 45 states and jurisdictions.

“We expect these changes will increase interest and excitement in the game,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. “Improvements to the jackpots and better odds for winning any prize should attract players in greater numbers.”

Powerball changed its game structure in 2012 and doubled ticket prices to $2 in a move designed to boost its jackpots and generate player interest. The largest Powerball jackpot win of $590.5 million went to a Florida ticket holder in May 2013.

Mega Millions changes include:

  • A jump in starting jackpots from $12 million to $15 million.
  • A rollover of $5 million if a drawing doesn’t produce a winning ticket.
  • An increase in second-tier prizes for matching five numbers from minimums of $250,000 to $1 million.
  • Increased odds of winning any prize (odds improve from 1:40 to 1:15).
  • Changes in two pools of numbers. Players will choose five of 75 white balls in the revised game compared to five of 56 white balls now. For the sixth ball, the gold Mega ball, players choose from 15 balls in the new game compared to 46 balls in the current game.
  • An increase in the Megaplier option, which adds $1 to the cost of a ticket. Megaplier numbers (now 2, 3 and 4) are randomly selected before each Mega Millions draw and can multiply winnings by 2, 3 and 4 times. The revised game adds a 5x Megaplier to the mix.

Click to view a comparison of Mega Millions changes

Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday and are televised in Maryland at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV 11. Players can also find results posted on the Maryland Lottery website at

  • Sandy

    Why did you change the way we can search numbers? We can longer search specific number. I want to be able to see how many times the number has played. We can no longer see to that. Believe it or not people used this method of search to play numbers. Can you change it back like it was please.

    • mdlottery

      Sandy – Your comments will be passed on to our development team. Thank you.

      • Sandy

        Thanks! It’s really missed up. You can’t search number without seeing every number that has one of the number you are searching. When I search a specific I just want see that number like before. I’m not the only player that uses this method of search numbers. The way you have it now is not of any use for the average 3 or 4 digit player.

      • Sandy

        Beside the page doesn’t even work. You get a error invalid token error message.

  • Sandy

    Can you please put the number search back like it was you can no longer search for specific numbers. It will show you every number that has each number in it. It will no longer show you 248. It will show you every number has 2 or 4 or 8. Thanks.

  • lily

    Go Mega! Count me in as a WINNER! I am looking forward to getting WEALTHY very soon. The Megaplier option with the chance at winning 5 Million dollars for just having five numbers is just….well, you fill in the answer,

  • shanengibson

    i play loyaly 451 619 712 evening and its beens years since any of them came out like that the day i dont play wooop there it is .. shit is rigged if you ask me i do all the promotions online and nada damm thing its a money gobler


  • gary

    The new game will end my Mega Million playing..

  • Tanga Lucas

    Oh no. I won’t be playing anymore

  • Mike Barone

    So they change the form, but I didn’t hear anything and was sold an OLD ticket sheet tonight to pick my numbers with the old form, WHITE balls 1-56 / MegaBall 1-46. So I paid in but couldn’t have had a chance to select number “71” to possibly win. How does this happen?

  • irene green

    the Maryland lottery is a real rippoff, always presenting ways to make it harder to hit, (2) winners are never in the inner city, the majority of players. are in the city. (3) it is strange that some numbers repeat and some never play.

    • Diane Square

      That is so true I have been playing 512 forever – it did not come out in 2012 at all and not 2013 as of yet? you are so right!

  • Brian

    What are the odds of winning the second tier prize?

  • Johnnie Davis

    What happened to the previous & forward buttons on the racetrack results?

  • pcuser32

    There are no changes to MegaMillions game
    cant new forms and quickpick give megaplaier over 15
    so stop lying