New Mega Millions game begins Tuesday night | News
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The new Mega Millions game debuts with the Tuesday night drawing.
Lottery officials say the new format will create faster-growing jackpots and more millionaires.
Instead of winning $250,000, players matching five white ball numbers will win $1 million. If they purchase the Megaplier for an extra dollar, the winnings for five white ball numbers could be as high as $5 million.
The number of white ball numbers will increase from 56 to 75, but numbers on the Megaball drop from 46 to 15.
While high tier prizes will have higher odds, odds of winning lower prizes improved. Overall odds of winning are 1 in 15.
Powerball made similar changes in 2012 when officials doubled the ticket price to $2, but the cost of the Mega Millions ticket remains $1.
South Carolina lottery players can compete Tuesday night for the $55 million jackpot. Tickets must be purchased by 10 p.m. for the 11 p.m. drawing.
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