The Mega Millions lottery now costs twice as much to play, has longer odds, and features even bigger prizes.
These are interesting changes, but let's have a look at how it compares to the US Powerball.
Mega Millions tickets now cost $2, which is the same as tickets for Powerball. However, that's not all that's changed.
The operators behind Mega Millions have also changed the range of numbers you can choose from, making the odds of winning the $1 million second prize slightly better at 1 in 12 million.
The odds of winning the jackpot, though, are a little tougher, jumping from 1 in 258.9 million to 1 in 302.6 million under the latest rule changes.
Compared to Powerball, which offers a 1-in-292.2-million shot, these are higher odds; but higher odds can mean bigger jackpots and greater chances of rollover weeks.
In the past, Mega Millions has had a tough time competing with Powerball, which raised the price of its tickets and lengthened its odds in 2015. Since then, the Powerball jackpot has reached a staggering $200 million no less than nine times. The Mega Millions jackpot has only reached that amount three times.
Here's an overview of what Canadians can now expect from Mega Millions:
The changes to the Mega Millions lottery came in response to players wanting bigger jackpots, according to Debbie D. Alford, the Mega Millions president.
The lottery wants to remain fresh and innovative, delivering enticing jackpots to its players.
The largest-ever Mega Millions jackpot was a whopping $656 million, and it was won way back in March 2012. It was also split amongst three tickets sold in the US states of Maryland, Illinois, and Kansas.
Circling back to Powerball, by far the granddaddy of the lotteries, the first and second largest jackpots and winners are far more recent. In January 2016, a jackpot of $1.58 billion was split amongst three tickets, and recently in August 2017, a single ticket holder walked away with a life-changing $758.7-million jackpot.
The new changes give players the opportunity to win bigger, better prizes.
Now, Mega Millions and Powerball are relatively similar. Each offer pros and cons: Powerball has a history of supplying huge jackpots, but, when it comes to winning more often and consistently winning decent amounts, Mega Millions now offers better chances.
Picking between the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries may seem like a pretty daunting task, but really, it's easier than you think. When it comes to taking part in these two gigantic American lotteries, there's no worse or better one to play - they both create huge jackpots on a regular basis.
Fancy dipping your fingers into a massive jackpot with pretty great odds? Why not stick around and pick some Powerball numbers with our Lucky Numbers tool?