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Changes made to Mega-Millions lottery; no grand prize winner last night

Mega-millions lottery tickets (Reuters)
Mega-millions lottery tickets (Reuters)

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Mega Millions' had its first drawing last night under the new changes announced recently. It became a lot tougher to win the jackpot, but the odds of winning any prize improved to 1-in-15.

Nobody won the top prize, so it goes up to $65-million for Friday.

There are now 75 regular numbers instead of 56. The Mega Ball has only 15 numbers instead of 46.

Officials expect more total winners.

Wisconsin had almost 3,700 winners last Friday, but nobody got more than $150. The number of Wisconsin winners from last night was not immediately available. Unlike Powerball, Mega Millions does not post a state-by-state breakdown of the numbers of winners in the hours after the drawings. It does say where the first-and-second-prize winners came from. Players in Georgia and Florida won last night's second prize, which grew to a million-dollars from the old quarter-million.

Mega Millions did not raise its ticket price like Powerball did in its last makeover almost two years ago. Mega Millions' tickets are still a-dollar.

Last night's numbers were 2, 3, 19, 52, and 71. The Mega Ball was 14, and the Megaplier was five -- up from the previous three.

In Powerball, tonight's top prize is $216-million.

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