Regardless of whether you purchase your lottery tickets at random shops across Central New York or you have a go-to favorite, big grocery stores like Hannaford, or small convenience stores like Cliff's, the Mega Millions lottery is offering a treat this Halloween season. The contest will be enriched starting October 28th.

The good news: Mega Millions is being redesigned to bring more value to its players with larger starting jackpots. Those payoffs will more than double from $15 million to $40 million. There will be better odds to win $1 million prizes and higher secondary prizes.

The bad news: The ticket price also will change, moving from $1 to $2. Mega Millions President Debbie D. Alford said that lotteries are responding to consumers with the latest changes.

“We have a demand for innovation to keep fresh, entertaining lottery games and to deliver the attention-grabbing jackpots,” said Alford, who also is president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. “We’re excited to deliver the opportunity to create more millionaires and also provide more opportunities to raise additional revenues for the respected causes lotteries benefit.”