Changes coming to Powerball

August 18, 2008 2:37:00 PM PDT
Powerball is promising bigger jackpots, but also tougher odds of winning.

Beginning in January, you can expect to see the following changes:

There will be more white ball number and less red ball numbers. The change is intended to increase the size of the average jackpot won while still making it easier to win other prizes.

The white ball side will move from 55 to 59 while the red ball side will fall from 42 to 39. The jackpot odds will be increased to one in 195.2 million while the overall odds of winning any prize will be dropped to one in 35.1

The starting jackpot will increase from $15 million to $20 million.

The overall odds of the game have been reduced to add more than 3 million extra prizes won per year.

Powerball will continue to offer the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play, offering a random multiplier of 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X for all cash prizes won (except the Jackpot). However, in the new game, the Match 5 prize is guaranteed to always draw the 5X multiplier, turning the $200,000 cash prize into a $1 million cash prize.

The unique Match 5 BONUS option, which increases the Match 5 prize pool when the game reaches record jackpots, will also continue as a popular feature of the game.

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