Changes by the Multi-State Lottery Association have made winning the Mega Millions jackpot much less likely.
A recent revamp of the $1 lottery game gives players a 1 in 259 million chance of hitting the jackpot. The odds used to be slightly better, at 1 in 175 million.
Players' overall chances of winning have drastically increased, however.
One in 15 Mega Millions players will win a prize now, although the size of those prizes can be anywhere from one dollar to $1 million.
Previously, only 1 in 40 Mega Millions players won a prize.
"You'll have three times more people winning those prizes of a million dollars and down," West Virginia Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside said.
The changes went into effect earlier this week.
Burnside said the changes are meant to create larger jackpots, make more millionaires and sell more tickets.
Forty-five states participate in the Mega Millions game.
The Multi-State Lottery Association's flagship game, Powerball, went through similar changes in 2012.