Some updates have been made in the Powerball® game, and from some of the player emails and posts on our social media pages this week, we think a reminder is in the works about what’s new in the game. So here goes …
The numbers available to play in Powerball changed this past Sunday, and Wednesday (Oct. 7) was the first drawing with the new features. Both pools of numbers played in the game got a remake, with the choices for the first five balls increasing to 69 (previously 59), and the pool for the Powerball decreasing to 26 (previously 35).
Some folks have said they were surprised by the numbers on their tickets with the game’s new format. They wondered if they’d received a fraudulent ticket because they didn’t think that the numbers on their Powerball tickets just possible.
The short answer is: The tickets aren’t fraudulent and there’s nothing wrong. Powerball has been redesigned, so the numbers you see on your tickets may look a little different than you’ve seen in the past.
And here are the other changes in Powerball: There are now better overall odds of winning any prize in the game; the game’s third prize level (for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball) made a big jump up to $50,000; and players now have a chance to multiply most winnings by up to 10 times with the Power Play® option when the jackpot is $150 million or less.
Thanks for playing Powerball and good luck!