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Mega Millions

Starting with the October 22, 2013 drawing, Mega Millions players will see game changes that will result in larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, a million-dollar second prize and better odds of winning any prize—all for the same $1 ticket price.

The Mega Millions minimum jackpot will increase to $15 million from $12 million. Jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won. Players matching five white balls without the Gold Mega Ball will win a $1 million Second Prize, up from $250,000. The Megaplier, a multiplier option that players can purchase for an additional $1 to increase their non-jackpot prizes, will be expanded to include a five factor. Players correctly matching five white balls could win up to $5 million.

Mega Millions drawings will still consist of five white balls and one gold Mega Ball for six winning numbers. Under the new matrix, the number of white balls will increase to 75 and the number of gold balls (the Mega Ball) will decrease to 15. The result will be overall odds of just 1 in 15 to win any prize. Players matching only the five white balls will automatically win $1 million. If the player adds the $1 Megaplier feature, matching just five white balls could increase the winnings to $2 million, $3 million, $4 million or even $5 million.

Under the revamped game, the odds of hitting the jackpot will become better than 1 in 259 million.

MATCH WIN ODDS with Megaplier Win
5 plus MEGA BALL * JACKPOT 1: 258,890,850 JACKPOT Only
5 without MEGA BALL $1,000,000 1: 18,492,204 Up to $5,000,000
4 plus MEGA BALL $5,000 1: 739,688 Up to $25,000
4 without MEGA BALL $500 1: 52,835 Up to $2,500
3 plus MEGA BALL $50 1: 10,720 Up to $250
3 without MEGA BALL $5 1: 766 Up to $25
2 plus MEGA BALL $5 1: 473 Up to $25
1 plus MEGA BALL $2 1: 56 Up to $10
MEGA BALL $1 1: 21 Up to $5
*Overall chances of winning a prize: 1 in 14.7

Mega Millions is played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:00 Eastern Time, 10:00 Central Time, 9:00 Mountain Time and 8:00 Pacific Time. Profits from every Mega Millions ticket sold remain in the state in which the ticket was sold. For more information, visit wvlottery.com or www.megamillions.com.

*If MEGAPLIER® option is played, prize(s) won increase 2 to 5 times depending on the MEGAPLIER number selected for that draw. The jackpot prize is not eligible for the MEGAPLIER option.
* Jackpot winners of MEGA MILLIONS® have 60 days from the day of claiming to decide upon cash payment or annuity.
Annuity option: Provides annual payments over a 26-year period. For every $1,000,000 in the jackpot, you will receive approximately $38,500 per year before taxes.
Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.
* The Jackpot can be won or shared by multiple winners. All set prizes and MEGAPLIER prizes, including Match 5+0 prize, may be reduced if claims exceed available prize fund. Should total cash prize exceed the cash prize fund available, it may be necessary for the Lottery to pay cash prizes on a pari-mutuel basis (each winner will receive an equal share of the prize pool.) See the complete set of MEGA MILLIONS® rules at the West Virginia Lottery office.

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