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New Changes to Mega Millions

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--If you play Powerball, tomorrow night's estimated jackpot is $400 million, the fifth richest ever.
   
Now, the folks behind mega-millions lottery are coming up with changes to get just as much excitement for their game as Powerball is drawing.

It's all about getting you to give the game a chance.

Change number one is a minimum $15 million dollar jackpot.

"I think that's great the more the better, said lottery player, Heather Baldwin.

Change two; every time there's a drawing and no winner, the prize increases at least $5 million.

"The overall odds to win any individual prize have gotten better, the overall odds to actually win the jackpot have increased, said Iowa Lottery CEO, Terry Rich.

That means is you now have a better chance of winning smaller prizes.

For example the game's second prize increases from 250,000 to $1 million, but your odds of hitting the big jackpot drops.

The odds drop to 1 in almost 259 million which is about the same odds, according to live science, as dying from being struck in the head by a coconut.

"Any change is designed to bring new excitement to a game. It's fun to find something new and improved and both Powerball and mega million have actually been changed three or four times, said Rich.

For players like heather who came to buy Powerball tickets for her co-workers, there's more to playing either game than the money.

"We just do it for fun. We have a really good time with it and it's just kind of fun to dream, said Baldwin.

These changes will happen with the drawing on October 22nd and again, it's still just a dollar for a ticket.
 
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