2011-08-25 16:33:58.02

Powerball Changes Create More Missouri Millionaires, Bigger Jackpots, Better Chances

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Powerball, the world’s most recognizable lottery game, will get bigger and better on Jan. 15, when several game changes are implemented, including a new $2 price. In Missouri, the changes will mean more millionaires, bigger jackpots and better overall chances.

“The changes will allow the jackpots to get higher, faster,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  “Jackpots have been lackluster these past few years. But we’re confident these changes will breathe new life into the game.”

Reardon said one of the most exciting changes is that the second-level prize, which is now $200,000, will go to $1 million. In Missouri, an average of 24 second-level prizes are won each year, so there will be approximately 24 new millionaires annually with the new game.

“We love making Missouri millionaires” said Reardon. “We still have the second-most Powerball jackpot winners of any member with 26, and with this new game change, there will be even more Missouri Powerball millionaires next year.”

Reardon said the starting jackpot in the game will go from $20 million to $40 million, and the minimum roll between jackpots will double, going from $5 million to $10 million. The range of numbers from which to pick the Powerball is also being reduced from 39 to 35, making the chances of winning the jackpot and other prizes better. 

“We think these changes will enhance the game and add more excitement through bigger jackpots, better chances and more winners,” Reardon said. 

Current Powerball
New Powerball
Second-level prize
$1 million
Starting jackpot
$20 million
$40 million
Overall chances
1 in 35
1 in 31.8
Chance to win jackpot
1 in 195.2 million
1 in 175.2 million
Prize for Powerball-only
Second-level prize using Power Play
$1 million
$2 million

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