HUDSON, Wis. (WCCO) — The price of a Powerball lottery ticket is going to double next year, going from $1 to $2.

So how do Powerball players feel about the change? Well, you have to take a trip to Wisconsin to ask since Minnesota’s lottery is shut down.

When the ticket prices increase next January, so do the big Powerball jackpots. They will double as well, beginning at $40 million instead of the current $20 million.

The way numbers are picked will also change slightly, so the chance of winning some kind of prize will go from 1 in 35 now to about 1 in 32 next year.

The Powerball ticket printer at one Holiday Station in Hudson, Wis. is getting a little extra work since the Minnesota government shutdown closed lottery sales on the other side of the river.

“There are bigger amounts coming from Minnesota. I’ve seen people buying $16 tickets, $30 tickets. We usually get $5 tickets over here. The Wisconsin people usually just buy one or two or five at a time,” said Holiday Station worker Jeff Klatt.

Those amounts add up. Since it began in 1992, Powerball has generated about $33 billion in sales. It is played in 42 states, including Wisconsin, where people said they didn’t seem to mind the coming increase in ticket prices.

“It seems the jackpots are high enough the way they are but, you know I’ll guess I’ll continue to buy them if that’s where they’re gonna go with it,” said Travis Fouks of Amery. “It sure would be nice to win the jackpot, but so far I’ve only gotten about $2 or $3 out of it.”

“I can win $10 here and there, but I’ve donated way more than that over the last, what, 20 years,” said Hardy White of River Falls. “If you don’t play, you don’t win, you know.”

So the bottom line is that people will most likely continue to play.

“We have a lot of regulars who come in and buy lottery every day,” Klatt said.

The Minnesota lottery, when it is open, contributes about 25 percent of its profits to support things like education, health care and local government aid.

Comments (7)
  1. bill says:

    I would rather win in Wis than Mn. Less taxes on winnings. To hell with Mn and their taxes. I win and I will move. This state is becoming another Ca.

  2. Rico Suave says:

    Another tax on the poor. The rich don’t play the lotto. The poor and uneducated play it for the chance for a big win. Those unfortunate enough to win, have their lives ruined because they can’t handle the money. The lotto is a scam that just enables two addictions: Government spending and gambling with the rent money.

    1. hate the system says:

      Another tax on the poor? Oh come on, people who have money play the lottery as well. Plus, if it’s too much for the “poor” then maybe they’ll stop buying it until one day they have things figured out and are no longer without money. That’s like saying it’s a tax on the poor if they added another $1 on cigarettes.

  3. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    I am not rich and I’ve never played the lotto. The chances of winning are slim to none and it’s just like flushing money down the toilet. My dollars are needed to pay the bills, put gas in the car and school tuition.

  4. ed says:

    It is three times more likely for a person driving ten miles to buy a Lotto ticket to be killed in a car accident than to win the jackpot.

  5. Mark says:

    Even though your chances are 14 Gazillion to 1 that you will loose, someone IS going to win.

  6. Mike Hawk says:

    I don’t play to win, I play to day dream. It’s worth the little bit of $ as long as you keep in mind that it’s just for fun…If people don’t like it they don’t have to play. Ofcourse you always have those people who can’t resist when the jackpot gets really big. Those are the people who I think are funny.

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