Mega Millions Changes 2017

A series of Mega Millions game changes were introduced in October 2017, in a bid to create larger jackpots for players. The changes included an increase in the minimum jackpot from $15 million to $40 million and an increase in the number of Mega Balls from 15 to 25. The news was announced in late April by Gaming Commission general counsel Edmund Burns. The first drawing under the new rules took place on October 31st, 2017.

Here is a summary of the changes that came into effect on October 28th:

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Just the Jackpot

Just the Jackpot was introduced on October 28th, 2017. The wager is offered in the majority of states, except for New Hampshire. The wager allows players to try their luck at winning the jackpot only, and they are not eligible for any prizes in the lower-tiers. The price of Just the Jackpot is $3 for two plays and to enter, players must select five main numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.

The playslips for Just the Jackpot and the regular Mega Millions game are printed separately. You can pick up a playslip for Just the Jackpot at most authorized retailers in participating states. Players should also be aware that if you enter Just the Jackpot in Kansas and Texas, you can choose your own numbers. However, in other states such as Wisconsin, the numbers are generated by the lottery terminal.

Benefits of Changes

When commenting on the changes, Burns added "Without these rules changes, the Division of Lottery would need to remove the Mega Millions game from its portfolio of offerings and aid to education would be affected negatively".

These changes will also give players the chance to win bigger and better prizes, as well as help the states who participate in Mega Millions raise funds for much needed causes. They could also result in a new record for the largest Mega Millions jackpot, which is currently $656 million, won on March 30th, 2012.

Changes to Prize Payouts

This table displays the prize payouts changes that came into effect in October 2017.

Match Previous Prize Payout New Prize Payout
5 Numbers + Mega Ball Minimum jackpot was $15 million Minimum jackpot increased to $40 million
5 Numbers 1,000,000 Remains the same
4 Numbers + Mega Ball $5,000 $10,000
4 Numbers $500 Remains the same
3 Numbers + Mega Ball $50 $200
3 Numbers $5 $10
2 Numbers + Mega Ball $5 $10
1 Number + Mega Ball $2 $4
Mega Ball Only $1 $2

Changes to Odds

The odds for the jackpot, second tier prize and lower tier prizes also changed to help give players the opportunity to win bigger prize amounts.

Match Previous Odds New Odds
5 Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 258,890,850 1 in 302,575,350
5 Numbers 1 in 18,492,204 1 in 12,607,306
4 Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 739,688 1 in 931,001
4 Numbers 1 in 52,835 1 in 38,792
3 Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 10,720 1 in 14,547
3 Numbers 1 in 766 1 in 606
2 Numbers + Mega Ball 1 in 473 1 in 693
1 Number + Mega Ball 1 in 56 1 in 89
Mega Ball Only 1 in 21 1 in 37

The overall odds of winning any prize changed from 1 in 15 to 1 in 24.


The Megaplier is still offered in all participating states, except for California. The changes in Megaplier odds are listed in the table below.

Megaplier Previous Odds New Odds
2x 1 in 7.5 1 in 3
3x 1 in 3.75 1 in 2.5
4x 1 in 5 Remains the same
5x 1 in 2.5 1 in 15