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Mega Millions enhanced: Starting jackpots increase to $40 million, bigger average jackpots, more millionaires

ROSEVILLE, MN (Oct. 18, 2017) – Mega Millions® is being redesigned to bring more value to its players with larger starting jackpots and faster rolls. Starting jackpots will more than double from $15 million to $40 million, and jackpots will grow faster overall. There will be better odds to win $1 million prizes and higher secondary prizes.

The ticket price will also change, moving from $1 to $2.

In the redesigned game, players select five numbers from 1 to 70, and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Players will have a 1 in 24 overall chance of winning a prize.

Players may add the Megaplier® option for an extra $1 per play to increase non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times.

The enriched Mega Millions game will debut on October 28.

Mega Millions President Debbie D. Alford said that lotteries are responding to consumers with the latest changes. “We have a demand for innovation to keep fresh, entertaining lottery games and to deliver the attention-grabbing jackpots,” said Alford, who also is president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. “We’re excited to deliver the opportunity to create more millionaires and also provide more opportunities to raise additional revenues for the respected causes lotteries benefit.”

About Mega Millions

Mega Millions is one of the world’s biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Introduced as The Big Game in August 1996 with six member states, the game grew, becoming Mega Millions in May 2002. Mega Millions is currently offered by 46 lotteries. Minnesota began offering Mega Millions in January 2010.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. Central time.

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

Minnesota’s First Billion Dollar Winner

Minnesota Environment Photos

ROSEVILLE, MN (AUG. 31, 2017) – The Minnesota Lottery is celebrating Minnesota’s First Billion Dollar Winner ... Minnesotans and the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund!

The Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF), which receives a portion of every dollar played on lottery games, has hit an incredible milestone; the value of the fund has surpassed $1 billion.

The Minnesota State Fair brings together Minnesotans from every corner of the state and projects benefiting from the Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund can be found in every corner of the State Fair.

As hundreds of thousands of families make their annual trip to the Great Minnesota Get Together they too benefit from the work supported by the ENRTF.  Right now, the air quality is being monitored at the fair by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with help from the ENRTF.   As fair guests celebrate nature’s beauty at the butterfly house, the Minnesota Zoo is working to preserve native prairie butterflies throughout Minnesota with money from the ENRTF.  A DNR pond stocked with several different species of fish that call Minnesota home is one of the most popular exhibits at the fair and every day ENRTF dollars work to help keep Minnesota’s lakes and rivers clean.

The Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund has helped fund projects in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties, including the following projects:

Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture

  • $1,229,000 – Emerald Ash Borer Research and Control Implementation
  • $368,000 – Testing for pesticides and other chemicals in public drinking water
  • $250,000 – Reducing pollution in the Minnesota River
  • $1,157,000 – Elimination of target invasive plant species
  • $205,000 – Agriculture land preservation

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (NE and NW)

  • $87,000 – Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan
  • $300,000 – Mitigating Mercury in Minnesota Lakes and Streams
  • $750,000 – Reducing Carbon Footprint of Minnesota Schools
  • $375,000 – Red River Valley Planning and Management
  • $700,000 – Assessment of Urban Air Pollution

Pheasants Forever

  • $100,000 – Minnesota Pollinator Partnership
  • $16,301,000 – Minnesota’s Habitat Conservation Partnership
  • $24,857,000 – Restoring Minnesota’s Fish and Wildlife Habitat Corridors
  • $732,000 – Minnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat Restoration

A portion of lottery proceeds have been directed to the Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund since 1990. A percentage of the Trust Fund’s value is awarded annually via a competitive process.

The recent Powerball jackpot run resulted in Minnesotans collecting $4,084,276 in prizes, including a $1 million winner. The 21-drawing run also generated $3.1 million for the Trust Fund.

About the Minnesota Lottery:

Lottery players have won more than $6.9 billion since 1990. More than $2.8 billion in lottery proceeds have helped make Minnesota an even better place to live. More than $1.1 billion has helped fund projects in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties that preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment and $1.6 billion has helped fund state programs including education, public safety and health & human services.


$1 Million Winning Ticket Sold in Minnesota

Jackpot Run Generates $9.4 Million for Minnesota Environment & State Programs

ROSEVILLE, MN (AUG. 24, 2017) – Minnesotans have many reasons to celebrate after last night’s Powerball® drawing, including a $1 million winning ticket sold in Howard Lake and millions of dollars raised for Minnesota’s environment and State programs.

The jackpot run lasted for 21 drawings and ended with a $758.7 million winning ticket sold in Massachusetts, which is the largest grand prize ever won on a single ticket in the United States.

The winning Powerball numbers for Aug. 23, 2017 were 6-7-16-23-26 and Powerball 4. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Jackpot run (June 14, 2017 – Aug. 23, 2017):

  • During this jackpot run, 511,867 winning tickets sold in Minnesota won $4,084,276
  • Powerball sales of $24.5 million from the 21-draw run generated $9.4 million for Minnesota’s environment and State programs:
    • $3.1 million for the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
    • $577,686 for the Game & Fish Fund
    • $577,686 for the Natural Resources Fund
    • $5.1 million for the General Fund, which supports state programs including education, public safety and health & human services.

Minnesota’s winners (August 23, 2017 drawing):

  • $1 million (matched five white ball numbers)
    • Pit Stop, 620 Dutch Lake Drive in Howard Lake – business earns $5,000 winning ticket bonus
  • $200,000 (matched 4 white ball numbers plus Powerball number, multiplied by Power Play 4)
    • Dred Scott Automotive, 10800 Rhode Island Ave. S. in Bloomington
  • $50,000 (matched 4 white ball numbers plus Powerball number)
    • Federated Co-Ops Inc., 14860 Scandia Trail N. in Scandia
    • Isanti Mobil, 721 Heritage Blvd. N.W. in Isanti
    • Maggie’s Superette, 2665 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood