OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 29, 2015) - Powerball, America’s most popular multi-state jackpot game, is set to change 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.
Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director Rollo Redburn said, "Our players love to see those record breaking jackpots and these changes are designed to bring back those larger jackpots." Redburn went on to say that "The odds of winning the jackpot are going to be tougher, changing from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million, but the overall odds of winning a prize are being improved, which makes the game more exciting for players on a daily basis."
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 won 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 $693 million for Oklahoma education programs.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $693 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.