LITTLE ROCK – Although the new enhancements to the national draw game Mega Millions® won’t officially occur until the end of October, changes are already afoot with this national draw game played in 44 U.S. states.

On Aug. 18, a stepdown of the availability of future draws in the current version of Mega Millions® began. Usually, draw game players can play up to 20 draws in advance but since Aug. 18, then number of future draws available of the present game has decreased with each draw, all leading up to the new game changeover on Oct. 28.

Key changes for Mega Millions players include better odds to win $1 million, higher average jackpots, and faster-growing jackpots with minimum $5 million rolls. Starting Mega Millions jackpots, currently starting at $15 million, will more than double to $40 million. With these changes, the cost of a Mega Millions play will increase to $2 per play; the Megaplier cost will remain at an additional $1 per play.The first drawing for the new modified Mega Millions will be Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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