Tickets for the redesigned Mega Millions multi-state game go on sale Saturday, October 28 for the drawing to be held on Tuesday, October 31. Tickets will cost $2 per game.
In addition to a new $40 million starting jackpot, other player-inspired enhancements include substantially improved odds for winning the $1 million second prize; a new Just the Jackpot wager option, and bigger average jackpots with faster roll ups.
Players who select the new Just the Jackpot wager will receive two sets of Quick Pick numbers for $3 for two chances to win the top prize only.
Play slips for the redesigned Mega Millions game will be available at more than 17,000 New York Lottery retailers on October 28. To play the updated game, players must select a total of six numbers. Players must first select five numbers from one through 70 and a second number – the Mega Ball number – from a range of one through 25. The Quick Pick option will be available for players who want to play a randomly generated set of numbers.
Mega Millions is one of the world’s biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Introduced as The Big Game in August 1996 with six member states, the game grew, becoming Mega Millions in May 2002. 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 $656M prize split by three winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in 2012.