The new look Mega Millions is already causing quite a stir. Recent changes to Mega Millions have set the lottery on a path that could lead to a jackpot record. Of course, changing the rules of a lottery is very exciting for the players; it also means a great deal of legwork for the lottery operator. In the case of Mega Millions, nearly 50 states and territories had to prepare for the rules changes. Fortunately for you, it’s possible to play Mega Millions online!
Unfortunately, the Virginia Lottery was a little late in making all the necessary changes. While the rules changes for Mega Millions went into effect on 28 October, the Virginia Lottery sold tickets between 10:45 and 11:51 p.m. on Friday, 27 October for the 31 October draw that had a zero percent chance of winning. How is it possible to have a zero percent chance of winning? Well, first let’s look at the rules changes.
We all know that the starting jackpot is higher, $40 million vs. $15 million, and the 2nd prize is still a scintillating $1 million and is actually easier to win than before. Dig a little deeper into the changes and you’ll see that the guess ranges have changed as well. Players must still select five main numbers and one Mega Ball. The guess range for the main numbers has changed from 1-75 to 1-70. The range for the Mega Ball was 1- 15 and changed to 1-25.
The Virginia Lotto sold 323 tickets with a total of 628 lines that had the guess ranges from the previous rules. 182 lines included a number greater than 70, meaning that it is impossible to win the jackpot under the new format.
The Virginia Lottery is promising to honor all prizes won with the affected tickets. The lottery is also offering to offer a refund for the affected tickets as well as a new ticket on the house. Players have 180 days to collect their refund and new ticket.
Be Safe, Play Mega Millions Online!
Fortunately, you have a chance to play Mega Millions online! The next draw is Friday 10 November and the jackpot is $71 million. The only way you’ll have a 0% chance of winning is if you don’t play!