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Powerball Prices, Jackpots Going Up in 2012

Ticket cost will double, players will have a better chance of winning

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    Powerball Prices, Jackpots Going Up in 2012
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    Powerball tickets will cost $2 and players will have better chances of winning in 2012.

    The price of a Powerball ticket will double next year, but the chances of winning will be easier and the starting jackpot will be going up, too.

    The changes will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Powerball in 2012.

    Lottery officials say starting Jan.15, the price of a Powerball ticket will go from $1 to $2.

    The first five numbers will still be chosen from 1 to 59, but the Powerball number will shrink from 39 to 35 available numbers, giving players better odds.

    The starting top prize will double to $40 million. The prize for matching the first five numbers but not the Powerball also will increase to $1 million, up from $200,000.

    Powerball is played in 42 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.