-The clock is NO MORE in the U.S.!
-All contestants from now on have to answer 12-14 questions correctly to win the $1,000,000.
-The first 10 questions will be worth different amounts of money, and the order of the dollar values for those will change every game. They are $100, $500, $1K, $2K, $3K, $5K, $7K, $10K, $15K & $25K. Unlike in the past during these questions when your winnings will rise to the next money level for every correct answer, each right answer adds the cash value of that Q that will be revealed after a right answer is given. A wrong answer during this stage of the game ends their game with $1K; as of this season, NOBODY will leave empty-handed even if s/he loses on their first question! If s/he walks away before answering all of these Q's, they will lose half of the money in their bank at that time; getting through them all guarantees $25K of the winnings earned up to that point and a chance to take on the final four questions in Classic Millionaire mode, which are worth $100K, $250K, $500K & $1 Million respectively. At this point, answering one of those Q's correctly will augument their current winnings to that amount.
-Ask the Expert & Double Dip are also OUT of the picture; they're replaced by two new Jump the Question lifelines. If one of them is used, they'll get to move right on to the next query, but the value of the question will NOT be added to their earnings (during the first 10 Q's, the dollar amount will still be revealed).
-A new set has been introduced, with Meredith Viera and the contestants now standing in the center hub of the stage. Also, some new lights and 18 foot-wide HD monitors will be installed.