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New Feature In Megaplier Option Debuts With Tuesday Drawing
DES MOINES, Iowa - A change about to debut in Mega Millions will create more $1 million winners in the game.
Beginning with Tuesday's drawing, players who add the Megaplier option to their Mega Millions play and then match all five white balls will win $1 million. The change is designed to continue to meet player expectations for big jackpots in the game while also giving players more chances to win other significant prizes as well.
"Players tell us they expect large jackpots in Mega Millions and we'll continue to deliver those. We'll also turn up the excitement level for those players who hit the game's Match 5 prize," said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich.
Tuesday's change will create a $1 million prize level in Mega Millions similar to the $1 million Match 5 prize that has proven so popular with Powerball players who have added the $1 Power Play® option to their tickets. In the past two years, six Iowa Lottery players have won the $1 million Match 5 prize in Powerball with the Power Play.
Previously, a Mega Millions ticket with the Megaplier option that qualified for a second-tier prize by matching the first five winning numbers won $500,000, $750,000 or $1 million, depending on that drawing's Megaplier number. With change taking effect Tuesday, all Match 5 Megaplier prizes are $1 million, regardless of the Megaplier number drawn.*
Players can add the Megaplier option to Mega Millions purchases for an extra $1 per play. The Megaplier will still multiply all other non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3 or 4.
Since the lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.5 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.2 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans. Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.