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Powerball Ticket Price Goes Up $1 In Jan.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The price of Powerball lottery tickets will double next year.

Lottery officials say ticket prices will go from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 15. The starting jackpot will also double, from $20 million to $40 million.

A slight rule change will also go into effect that raises the chances of winning.

The first five numbers still will be picked from a pool of 59, but the Powerball number will be chosen from a pool of 35 numbers instead of 39. That means the odds of winning a prize will be 1 in 31.8. The current game produces a 1-in-35 chance of winning a prize.

Powerball is played in Minnesota, Wisconsin and 40 other states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.

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