Mega Millions rules change: Bigger jackpots, harder to win

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KOLO) - The multi-state lottery Mega Millions has new rules effective Nov. 1. It will be harder to win, but the jackpots are expected to grow.

Mega Millions is not played in Nevada but is offered in California, plus 43 other states. Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin islands.

Under new rules, the pool of numbers from which players draw five numbers increases from 1 to 70 to 1 to 75. The pool of numbers from which players choose the Mega number changes from 1 to 15 to 1 to 25.

The odds of winning the big jackpot changed from one in 259 million to one in 303 million. The odds of winning anything increased from one in 14.71 to one in 24.

Like the Powerball, once someone wins the jackpot resets to $40 million. Currently, it starts over at $15 million.

Plus, Mega Million lottery tickets increase from $1 a play to $2 a play.
Powerball tickets are $2 per play also. The odds of winning the big Powerball prize is 1 in 293 million.

In California, the prize for getting five out of five but not the Mega number will still vary and rollover. In many other states, it is a fixed $1 million. In California, it resets after someone wins it and could build to several million.