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New Powerball Changes Increase the Odds



    NBc10's Tim Furlong has the details on the major changes taking place for the multi-million dollar lottery. (Published Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015)

    New Powerball changes that offer better odds for winning are now in effect.

    The new and improved version of the Powerball game debuted Sunday, October 4, with upgrades on important prizes in the game and bigger jackpots.

    While it will still cost $2 to play, the odds of winning any prize are greater than before.

    The first drawing with the new features took place Wednesday. Players will now get to choose their first five numbers from a set of 69 instead of 59 white balls and their Powerball from a pool of 26 instead of 35 red balls. The end results give the player better odds of winning any prize with extended odds of winning the jackpot.

    “Powerball has been revamped several times in its 23-year history to continue to deliver the big jackpots people expect from the game, but also give players the chance to win other significant prizes,” said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery.

    According to, Powerball jackpots will continue to start at $40 million and the game’s second prize for matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball will still be $1 million. The game’s third prize level is getting a five-fold increase from $10,000 to $50,000 for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.

    “The 10X feature in the Power Play has been used in short-term promotions in the past and players have always liked it, so we’re keeping it as an enhancement to the game,” Kirk said.

    Drawings will continue on its normal days, which are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern, with the first drawing being held Wednesday night.