(Pierre) – South Dakota Mega Millions players who add the Megaplier option to their ticket now have the chance to pocket a $1 million prize.
Beginning with the Dec. 17, 2010 drawing, a ticket that matches all five white-ball numbers but not the yellow Mega Ball is worth $1 million if the player purchased the Megaplier option for an additional dollar per play.
Under the game’s rules, the Megaplier feature increases non-jackpot prizes by two, three or four times their regular amount. Mega Millions offers a second prize of $250,000 so previously the Megaplier had to be “4” for the individual to win $1 million with a “Match 5” ticket. Now the ticket is automatically worth $1 million, regardless of what Megaplier number is chosen. The odds of winning the game’s Match 5 prize are 1:3,904,700.
The Megaplier option is available on both Quick Pick tickets in which the computer generates numbers for the player and on tickets for which the player uses a Mega Millions play slip to choose their own numbers. The cost for the Megaplier option is an additional dollar per play for both types of tickets.
The largest Mega Millions prize awarded in South Dakota since the Lottery began offering the game on May 16, 2010 is $30,000 won by Tracey Feldman of Wall in the Dec. 3, 2010 drawing. Feldman matched four of five white ball numbers and the Mega Ball to win the game’s third prize. Normally that prize is $10,000 but Feldman purchased the Megaplier option on her ticket and the multiplier drawn was 3, which tripled her prize to $30,000.
Mega Millions has a starting jackpot of $12 million and drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays. The game is played in 41 states and the District of Columbia.