Mega Millions jackpot is on the rise for a reason

Redesigned lottery game is up to $530 million and expected to grow

By Chloe Walker - Associate producer

The Mega Millions jackpot is on the rise again. It's currently up to $530 million, the seventh largest jackpot in the game's history and it's only expected to rise.

In the past two years, five of the top ten largest jackpots have taken place, and there's a reason jackpots have jumped so high.

In 2017, Mega Millions redesigned the game. Changes included increased number selections and bumping the starting prize up from $15 million to $40 million.

To try and win players now pick five numbers between one and 70 and the Mega Ball number between one and 25. That's 10 more options from the previous one to 15 choices.

Mega Millions tickets now also cost more. They're up to $2 from $1.

The largest Mega Millions milestone was set in October 2018 with a total jackpot of $1.537 billion. It was only the second lottery prize to hit over a billion dollars. The winning ticket sold in South Carolina and was the world's largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.

In North Carolina, a man stepped up and claimed a $344.6 million Powerball jackpot Tuesday.

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