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Virginia Lottery erroneously sells lotto tickets that can not win

30 October 2017

The price of the ticket and the price of a replacement ticket will be refunded to those players. Chances of winning the jackpot will decrease from 1 in 258.9 million to 1 in 302.6 million, while the chance of winning any prize - which will run from $2 to the jackpot - will go from 1 in 14.71 to 1 in 24. The Gold Mega Ball was 13, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 05.

To win the jackpot, players pick five numbers from 1 to 70, one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.

If you do win a smaller prize with a ticket you bought during this period, the prize will be honored, officials said.

The odds of winning the jackpot are now greater, making it more likely the jackpot will roll over from drawing to drawing and grow.

The move to increase ticket prices comes as an attempt by Mega Millions to better compete against other multi-state lottery games, specifically Powerball in Arkansas. An extra $1 "Power Play" multiplies nonjackpot prizes.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was a $656 million prize split by three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in 2012, according to the news release. By comparison, Powerball holds the world's record for a lottery jackpot with its $1.586 billion jackpot in January 2016.

The tickets were sold on October 27 between 10:45 p.m. and 11:51 p.m. while the Virginia lottery was updating its computer system. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m.