Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Powerball to Become Harder to Win Starting in October

Changes coming this fall to the Powerball® multi-state game will grow jackpots faster and increase the average jackpot prize won.
Starting with its October 7 drawing, Powerball will make the following changes:

• Players will select five of 69 (Upped from 59) numbers and one of 26 numbers (the Powerball). The overall chances of winning any prize will improve to 1-in-24.87 (from the current 1-in-31.85). The chances of winning the jackpot will change to approximately 1-in-292.20 million (from the current 1-in-175.22 million).

• The Match 4+1 prize will rise to $50,000 (from the current $10,000).

• 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.

Information posted from Pennsylvania Lottery