Virginia Lottery wasn’t quite ready for Mega Millions game changes
Lottery says 180 tickets don’t have any probability of successful — however that can be an enormous understatement
If you purchase a Mega Millions price ticket, you typically have a zero.00000033 % probability of successful the massive jackpot. But a minimum of 180 tickets have been offered in Virginia on Friday that experience a zero % probability of successful — and there is also many extra that the lottery has now not but mentioned.
The Virginia Lottery had technical difficulties closing week and by chance offered as many as 180 Mega Millions tickets that experience 0 probability of successful the massive jackpot this Tuesday.
If you purchased a Mega Millions price ticket in Virginia between 10:45 and 11:51 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, you will be affected, lottery officers introduced Monday morning.
The lottery had unspecified technical problems because it upgraded its gaming gadget closing week, officers mentioned. Some tickets for the drawing on Tuesday, Oct. 31 have been produced in line with the former laws of the Mega Millions game, which had the general drawing of its previous game layout on Friday night.
(See Multi-state Mega Millions lottery game converting this week, Lottery Post, Oct. 24, 2017.)
As many as 180 tickets offered on this roughly one-hour length can win smaller prizes however can’t win the Mega Millions jackpot.
Not discussed through the lottery is that relying at the Mega Ball drawn Tuesday evening, there are likely many extra tickets and not using a probability of successful the jackpot.
That’s since the Mega Ball prior to now handiest went as much as 15, however within the drawing Tuesday evening there are 25 chances. So if a host 16 thru 25 is drawn Tuesday evening, that implies each unmarried Mega Millions price ticket offered Friday evening between 10:45 and 11:51 p.m. has no probability of successful the jackpot.
Lottery officers mentioned they would like everybody to have a shot at successful the massive prize.
“This is our way of trying to reach those 180 people,” a spokesman mentioned.
If you purchased a price ticket throughout this era, you’ll be able to get money back and alternative price ticket so you’ll be able to be eligible for the jackpot. To accomplish that, name 804-692-7778 earlier than 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
If you do win a smaller prize with a price ticket you purchased throughout this era, the prize will probably be commemorated, officers mentioned.
An replace to the Mega Millions game went into impact Saturday, Oct. 28. The value of a price ticket doubled from $1 to $2, and the beginning jackpot higher from $15 million to $40 million.
To win the game’s jackpot, avid gamers now should fit 5 white balls from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball quantity from 1 to 25. In the former game, avid gamers selected 5 numbers from a box of 1 to 75 and one Mega Ball from a box of 1 to 15.