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Powerball Rule Changes Coming Soon

Powerball Rule Changes Coming Soon
Updated: Monday 20th August 2018

Rule changes will be coming to the Powerball lottery in January 2012, almost 20 years after the game was first launched. The changes are multiple, and will serve to give players a better chance of winning the jackpot as well as increasing the minimum jackpot level. The price of tickets will increase slightly to accommodate the changes, but the reinvention of one of America’s favourite lottery games is sure to go down well with the vast majority of players.

Right now, Powerball players have to match five main numbers from the range 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from the range 1 to 39 to win the jackpot. The odds of doing this are 1 in 195,249,054. The starting value of the jackpot under current rules is $20 million and the second-tier prize is worth $200,000.

Starting from 15 January 2012, players will need to match five main numbers from the range 1 to 59 as they do currently, plus one Powerball number from the range 1 to 35. Having four fewer Powerball numbers in play will improve the odds of winning the jackpot to 1 in 175,223,510.

The starting jackpot in the Powerball lottery game will increase from $20 million to $40 million, and the second-tier prize will increase from $200,000 to $1 million. The smallest prize, which is for players who match the Powerball number only, will increase from $3 to $4. Players will continue to have a PowerPlay option which they can take advantage of for a small additional fee, and which multiplies any non-jackpot prize that they win.

Whilst a minority of traditionalists will balk at the changes that are scheduled to take place, most players will welcome them with enthusiasm. The new rules will make the Powerball game even more exciting and at the same time give them more chance of winning the jackpot. Take all of that into consideration and a slightly higher cost per ticket will be a small price to pay.

Written by Ian Bruce

Published: Thursday 30th June 2011

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