Ticket price hike, other changes planned for Mega Millions lottery

Published: Jul. 25, 2017 at 10:25 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - You won't be able to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets for $1 much longer.

Louisiana Lottery workers announced July 24 they will increase the price of tickets to $2, starting October 28. They say the change and other enhancements planned for the game are designed to create larger jackpots.

According to a Louisiana Lottery news release, "Odds of winning the jackpot will increase from 1 in 258.9 million to 1 in 302.5 million, but changes are designed to produce average jackpots of $371.4 million.  To produce these game enhancements, 5 white ball numbers will be removed for a total of 70, and 10 numbers will be added from the field of yellow Mega Ball numbers for a total of 25."

These changes will force lottery workers to temporarily and progressively suspend the multidraw purchase option for Mega Millions tickets, starting August 22.

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