Powerball rolling out changes in October

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Changes are coming this fall to the Powerball game that will grow jackpots faster and increase the average jackpot prize won, according to Powerball officials.

“Powerball players are motivated by larger jackpots and that’s what these game changes are designed to create,” Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said. “At the same time, we want Powerball players to keep in mind that any jackpot can be a life-changer.”

The multi-state game will roll out the changes on October 7. The following changes are expected.

Current Game
Players select five of 59 numbers and one of 35 numbers (the Powerball).
Changes Effective Oct. 7
Players will select five of 69 numbers and one of 26 numbers (the Powerball).

 

Current Game
Overall chances of winning any prize are 1-in-31.85.
Changes Effective Oct. 7
Overall chances of winning improve to 1-in-24.87.

 

Current Game
Chances of winning the jackpot are 1-in-175.22 million.
Changes Effective Oct. 7
Chances of winning the jackpot change to 1-in-292.20 million.

 

Current Game
Match 4+1 prize is $10,000.
Changes Effective Oct. 7
Match 4+1 prize will increase to $50,000.

 

The Power Play® multiplier will also change. For tickets purchased with the Power Play option, A 10X multiplier will be available for the Match 4+1 prize and lower prize tiers when the jackpot is at or below $150 million, or when announced. The other available multipliers will continue to be 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X.  The multiplier is selected immediately before each drawing.

After the Wednesday, July 8, drawing, the number of advance plays available for purchase will decrease by one after each drawing until the new game configuration begins. After the October 3 Powerball drawing, players will again be able to purchase up to 13 weeks (26 draws) of advance-play tickets for the game`s new configuration.

Powerball’s ticket price will remain $2 and the price of purchasing the Power Play option will remain $1.