Megamillions Lottery – The new rules

If you have been playing Mega millions lottery for a long period of time and has stopped it just a few months back, you should know that this California lottery has changed the rules. There are many changes that had taken place from October 22nd of this year. If you want to keep playing or if you are a beginner too, it is vital that you know the rules. You can find rules of this California lotto game in many sites online. However, all you need to do is to check the date of the post. If it is any date before October of this year, then you need to recheck. Just Google for the new rules or continue reading this blog, which gives all the appropriate info on the new set of rules of the mega millions lotto game of California.


  • The starting jackpot of the games was $12 million earlier. Now the same has been changed to $15 million.
  • The field of numbers to be chosen was earlier 1 to 56. Now, the same is 1 to 75.
  • 1 to 46 was the MEGA number filed earlier. The new rules have made them as 1 to 15.
  • The odds of winning the prize were 1 to 45 earlier. Now the chances of winnings are higher, as the odds are now 1 in 15.
  • The odds of winning a jackpot were 1 in 175 million earlier. As per the new rules, the odds of winning are currently 1 in 259 million.
  • The annuity payout, which is nothing but the number of year over which the player can get the winnings as installments was 26 years previously. The same has now been increased to 30 years.


The choose numbers portion has now been changed to 5 numbers from 1 to 75. Earlier it was 1 to 56. The changes are effective from 19th October 2013. The last game with the old rules took place on 18th October 2013. The new rules became effective from the lotto game which started on 22nd October. The odds are increased and the winnings are also increased. The $5 million guarantee this. The 30 year annuity is also a new change. This is launched because this is the standard number of years, which is followed in the super lotto games and also in the powerball games which are played in US. The annuity years are changed to make the mega millions lotto game of the same standard of the lotto games played in the other countries.


Even the advance play tickets were sold in restricted numbers, to avoid the confusion that may be caused because of the change in the rules. You cannot also expect the multiplier. This is because the state of California is a pari-mutuel state.  The prize fund is not fixed and relies on the number of tickets sold and the number of winning tickets. This is also the reason why the guaranteed prize of 1 million dollar 5 of 5 prize is not available in this state.


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