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Changes come to Mega Millions after sluggish ticket sales

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There are changes coming to the Mega Millions lottery game.

Starting on Oct. 19, the initial jackpot in the multi-state game will rise to $15 million from the current $12 million. Other changes include raising the second-place prize from $250,000 to $1 million.

Florida started selling Mega Millions tickets this past May. But so far, ticket sales have not matched the initial projections.

Related story: 05/15/2013 Mega Millions lotto game arrives in Florida

State officials initially estimated that the Florida Lottery would sell about $4 million in tickets each week for the six-number game. Instead ticket sales have been $2.2 million a week.

That trend prompted state economists to scale back their forecast on how much money the game would generate in the next year.

Powerball and Florida Lotto tickets sales have not dropped since the introduction of Mega Millions.

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