2005-08-23 10:17:15.203

Powerball Game Improved With More Prizes, Faster Growing Jackpots

The Powerball game is turning up the power! A new game design with several game changes will take effect on Aug. 28. The main improvements players will notice are larger, faster growing jackpots and increased second- and third-level prizes with the potential to win up to $1 million using the Power Play option. The first drawing with the changes will be Aug. 31.
"Lottery games need to be tweaked from time to time, and Powerball is no different," said Gary Gonder, interim executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "Powerball hasn’t changed since October 2002. This re-design should make the game noticeably more exciting."
Gonder noted that this will be the fourth game design for the multi-state game. Among the game changes are:
  • Jackpots will start at $15 million, rather than the current $10 million minimum;
  • The jackpots will grow by at least $5 million each draw;
  • A higher second-place prize of $200,000 instead of $100,000;
  • A higher third-place prize of $10,000, instead of the current $5,000;
  • An annuity option with payments that will increase each year;
  • The addition of two more "white ball" numbers to chose from, allowing players to chose five numbers between 1 and 55, rather than the current range of 1 and 53.
Gonder said that while the range of numbers will change the odds of winning a jackpot prize from approximately 1 in 120.5 million to 1 in 146.1 million, the overall odds of winning a prize will remain virtually the same at 1 in 36.
For more information on Powerball, visit the Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com or the Powerball Web site at www.powerball.com.

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