Changes are coming next month to Kansas Lottery games.

Beginning Oct. 28, Mega Millions is changing to create larger jackpots while longtime game Hot Lotto will no longer be offered.

Sales for the new version of Mega Millions start Saturday, Oct. 28. Among the changes players will see, according to the Kansas Lottery are:

Larger starting jackpots: The starting jackpot for the new Mega Millions game will more than double. At a $2 price point, jackpots for the new game will now start at $40 million and grow faster. Current Mega Millions jackpots start at $15 million.

Bigger average jackpots, more frequently:

The new game will yield higher average jackpots with faster rolls, creating more player excitement and engagement. Better odds for the $1 million prize:

Substantially improved odds for winning the second prize level of $1 million.  Players who match the first five numbers but not the Megaball win $1 million, or up to $5 million if they purchase the Megaplier option. New odds for the "Match 5" prize are 1 in 12.6 millon. Current odds are 1 in 18.5 million.

$2 game:

The updated Mega Millons game is $2 for a single wager. This is the first price adjustment since the first ticket was sold in 2002, more than 15 years ago. Sales of the Mega Millions game started in Kansas in January 2010.

New wager type – "Just the Jackpot"

Jackpot players will love this exciting new wager type that allows them to play specifically for the jackpot only. At a price of $3, the player will receive two plays for a chance to win the jackpot only. That’s two plays for $3.

"The enhanced Mega Millions game is designed to bring more value and excitement to players," said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. "They will see Mega Millions jackpots start higher and climb faster, and the ‘Just the Jackpot’ option gives players a brand new way to play they’ve never had before."

In the enhanced version of Mega Millions, players will pick (or have the computer pick) five numbers out of 70 and one number (the Megaball) out of 25.  In the current Mega Millions game, players pick five numbers out of 75, and one number out of 15.

Mega Millions will continue to have two drawings per week on Tuesdays and Fridays in the 46 lottery jurisdictions that offer Mega Millions to their players.

The last time the Mega Millions game was changed was October 2013. This game change will affect Kansas players who like to purchase tickets for multiple consecutive drawings. To prepare, the Kansas Lottery is "stepping down" the number of consecutive Mega Millions drawings players can purchase after the Friday, Sept. 8 drawing until Oct. 28 when sales begin for the new Mega Millions game.

The final Hot Lotto drawing is also Oct. 28. The game is ending.

"Ending the Hot Lotto game is a business decision," Presta said. "It’s a normal practice in the lottery industry to make changes in the mix of games. Lotteries are always looking for new ways to engage players and introduce fun and entertaining games."  

The 14 lotteries that offer Hot Lotto are working on new game options, including a new $1 draw game that will launch later this year, Presta added.

Since Kansas began offering Hot Lotto in March 2006, seven Kansas Lottery players have claimed Hot Lotto jackpots. The largest, $12.9 million, was claimed by Lori Boyle of Independence in July 2007.  

The end of the Hot Lotto game will affect Kansas players who like to purchase tickets for multiple consecutive drawings. To prepare, the Kansas Lottery is "stepping down" the number of consecutive Hot Lotto drawings players can purchase after the Saturday, Sept. 9, drawing until the final drawing.  

Prize money not awarded at the conclusion of the Hot Lotto game will be returned to the 14 lotteries currently selling Hot Lotto for their individual use.  In Kansas unclaimed prize money is used for future prizes.

The 14 lotteries currently selling Hot Lotto are: Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.

 

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