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Mega Millions game: Faster growing jackpots coming soon

A Mega Millions ticket is shown in this photo taken March 23, 2012.

October 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Starting Tuesday, Oct. 22, the California Lottery is boosting jackpots and adding more ping pong balls to the Mega Millions game.

Lotto officials say that means Mega Millions players will see larger and faster growing jackpots and will have better odds of winning small prizes.

The minimum starting jackpot will be upped $3 million, to $15 million per game.

The downside is that the number of possible balls has been increased to 75, and the number of gold Mega numbers will go down to 15. The net result will be a 1 in 15 chance of winning any prize.

City News Service contributed to this report.