Mega Millions, Powerball making jackpot changes in Kentucky, other states due to COVID-19 outbreak

Mega Millions game has announced changes to the game after the April 3 drawing. The changes is effective in all 45 states that have the game.

Under the new game rules, jackpots for the national Mega Millions game will be determined on a drawing by drawing basis based on ticket sales and interest rates. This means the game will not have a guaranteed starting jackpot of $40 million or a guaranteed increase between drawings of $5 million.

The Kentucky lottery posted information about the change on its website.

This decision was made by the Mega Millions Consortium, a group that oversees the game in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The consortium say they made the decision after ticket sales continued to decline amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

ATTENTION: Guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases have been eliminated. Starting jackpot amounts or future jackpot increases will be announced prior to each drawing. Full notice here.

Mega Millions

Mega Millions

Mega Millions changes

Kentucky Lottery page

Powerball Changes

The Powerball game will be similar changes into effect that will start after the Wednesday, April 8 drawing, according a post on the lottery’s website.

Guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases have been eliminated. Starting jackpot amounts or future jackpot increases will be announced prior to each drawing. Read full notice here.

Powerball changes

Powerball changes

Guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases have been eliminated for Powerball games. Starting jackpot amounts or future jackpot increases will be announced prior to each drawing.

Kentucky Lottery

Click on Kentucky Lottery to check for drawing results and updates. 

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