Bigger jackpots, better odds coming to Mega Millions

By Kelly McCarthy

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) In an effort to boost sluggish sales, the state will create bigger jackpots and better odds for Mega Millions players this fall, officials said last week.

The New York Lottery is making changes to the Mega Millions game they expect will create more millionaires in the Empire State.

Second prize for choosing all five numbers correctly -- but not the bonus number -- has quadrupled from $250,000 to $1 million.

The bonus number will be chosen from one in 15 instead of the current one in 46.

The New York Gaming commission said they've been dealing with fewer sales as more states join the Mega Millions, and the game hasn't had any changes to it since 2005.

"I think that one thing people sometimes notice is that it's hard to win a prize." said the commission's Acting Director, Gardner Gurney. "And we're changing it so rather than basically having the odds of 1-39.9 you'll now have overall odds of 1-14."

The cost of a Mega Millions ticket will remain $1.

The new game format will take effect on October 19.