OKLAHOMA CITY (Jul. 8, 2015) - Changes are coming to PowerBall, America’s most exciting, multi-state jackpot game. Effective with sales for the October 7, 2015 drawing, the odds of winning a prize in the game are improving; the PowerPlay option will now include a 10X feature; and the jackpots will grow to larger amounts before being hit.
Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Lottery said, "We are excited about the upcoming improvements. The intent of the change is to raise more funding for lottery beneficiaries. For players, the change will make it easier to win a prize in the game; will increase participation at the lower jackpot levels; and will generate those larger jackpots that appeal to our players!" Redburn went on to say that the PowerBall game has not been seeing the number of larger jackpots it has experienced in the past. "This makes the game a little less exciting for PowerBall players. In an effort to get those jackpots back, the odds of winning the jackpot are going to be tougher, changing from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million. In addition, the overall odds of winning a prize are being improved."
In PowerBall, the player selects five white balls and one red ball. The number of white balls is being increased from 59 to 69 and the number of red balls is being decreased from 35 to 26. The set prize amount for the 3rd level, which is now $10,000 will increase to $50,000. The PowerPlay feature, an optional game add-on which multiplies certain prize levels by 2, 3, 4 or 5, is adding a 10X feature when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less to encourage play at the lower jackpot levels.
To date, the Oklahoma Lottery has awarded 45 prizes of $1 million dollars or more; four of those winners were lucky enough to win the PowerBall jackpot. All net proceeds from operation of the lottery benefit Oklahoma education programs. Through the just completed fiscal year, the Oklahoma lottery has contributed $685 million for Oklahoma education programs.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $685 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.