Changes Coming To Powerball

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When it comes to Powerball jackpots, most players say “the bigger, the better!” Jackpots that get bigger, faster is one reason players should like upcoming improvements to the world’s most popular jackpot lottery game.

Starting with the January 7, 2009 drawing:

Starting jackpots will increase from $15 million to $20 million.
The percentage of sales allocated for the jackpot prize will increase.
More people will be playing Powerball, which means higher sales and faster-growing jackpots.

In January, Florida will join the Powerball game, which will potentially add millions of new players and bring to 32 the number of lotteries playing Powerball. Florida will also be the new site of the Wednesday and Saturday Powerball drawings, which are televised by participating television stations. The drawings are currently held in Iowa.

Players who have purchased Power Play and match the first five numbers, but not the Powerball, will win $1 million cash! Without Power Play, the prize is $200,000. The Power Play prizes for all other levels remain the same, multiplying all prizes except for the jackpot by 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X, depending on the Power Play number for that particular drawing.

Powerball players may ask for Quick Pick, which lets the computer randomly pick the numbers, or they may select their own numbers. Players who use play slips must use new play slips provided by their Lottery retailers.

Players will pick 5 numbers from the first set of 59 numbers, and one number (the Powerball number) from the second set of 39 numbers. The current Powerball game has 55 numbers in the first set, and 42 numbers in the second set. The net effect is the addition of one number.

This is the fifth redesign of the Powerball game since it was launched in 1992.

“Big lottery games need to be changed from time to time to keep them exciting,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten. “Powerball is still an extremely popular jackpot game and we think these enhancements will only make it better.”

In the new Powerball game, the overall odds of winning a prize will improve slightly to 1 in 35.1 (from 1 in 36.6). The odds of winning the jackpot will be 1 in 195 million, versus the current odds of 1 in 146 million.

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