4 changes to the Mega Millions that you need to know

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The grand prize will start at $40 million instead of $15. Other secondary prizes also are being increased with the updated game.

Changes take effect for tickets purchased beginning October 28 for the first drawing on October 31.

To win the Mega Millions' jackpot, someone's ticket must match five white balls from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball between 1 and 25.

Overall, the chances of winning any prize will be 1 in 24 instead of the current 1 in 15. In a news release, Mega Millions President Debbie D. Alford said that lotteries are responding to consumers with these latest changes.

There's also a brand new way to play the Mega Millions that's being rolled out in six states to start, including MA, called "Just The Jackpot".

- New wager options for six states. Mega Millions now is played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Mega Millions, which began in 1996, is sold in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions is being revamped to bring bigger jackpots quicker, but the price for a ticket is doubling to $2.

The $2 ticket price makes it the same price as a Powerball ticket.

Jackpots will get bigger much faster.

The odds of winning the second-place $1 million prize will get better - from 1-in-18.5 million to 1-in-12.6 million.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was a $656 million prize split by three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in 2012.

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