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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Comments (16)
  1. Sam I am says:

    I don’t see this generating alot more revenue. I think some will play scratch offs or other games more then to pay double the price.

  2. Yep says:

    I suppose less people will play. I guess they just hope enough people play to make up the lost people plus a little extra? Kind of a pointless change to me.

  3. kidding me ya'll? says:

    great idea – feed the addict a higher potential gain and wipe ’em out on the front end.
    gotta love gubbermint and the creative ways to fleece the fools

  4. Les Johnson says:

    Lottery – A tax on people who can’t do math.

  5. MathFAIL says:

    Math fail. For $2, you can buy TWO of the old tickets, so the actual odds in the old game is 2 in 35. New game is $2 for ONE ticket. If people (and reporters) could do math, they would understand that 2 in 35 is better odds than 1 in 31.8. Lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math…and this change does NOT increase the odd of winning…it lowers it. Math fail for everyone.

    1. Les Johnson says:

      Actually, odds of winning do not increase with the purchase of additional tickets. Your odds of winning on ticket 1 and on ticket 2 are both 1 in 35.

      For example, if you purchased 35 tickets, you would not have a 100% chance of winning, because your odds of winning are the same on each ticket.

      1. MathFAIL says:

        Actually, you are wrong. “Powerball number will be chosen from a pool of 35 numbers instead of 39.” To simply WIN anything, all you have to do is get ONE powerball number correct. So if you bought 35 tickets, each ticket selecting a different powerball number, you would have a 100% chance of winning SOMETHING…not the millions. The odds they are using is a chance of winning anything (even the smallest $).

  6. Phid says:

    Someone should propose that rather than having a single lottery winner take home the jackpot, the number of potential winners should increase as the jackpot increases. Imagine 40 people winning $1 million each, rather than one person winning all $40 million. The social benefit would certainly be much better that way.

  7. hate the system says:

    go big or go home

  8. Ruth says:

    Here’s are questions for lottery officials: Why raise the price?
    To make more money for the officials?
    To help the environment?

    1. Les Johnson says:

      Just wait til someone suggests they raise it to $3 and gives them the figure for how much more of the poor people’s money they can get…

      1. Disgusted Dan says:

        Can’t buy ’em anyway — stinkin’ gov’t is shutdown. How about we line up the astute individuals who can’t seem to spend our money right in the first place and flog ’em. Let’s raise the ticket price to $4 and have half go to reducing our state budget woes!

  9. Orieoking says:

    You People have all got the wrong idea! Our woes have multiplied with the size of the prize in the various games. As the POWER BALL rose the number of tickets sold goes up and your chances go down. It started with 15 states, now its 40 plus. Whats your chance against that many people and who does it help? What you need is the prise to have a ceiling say 25 million when it reaches that it starts a second prise to 25 million and over and over again with another drawing for each prise. This way you have more winners at a more reasonable size prise

  10. wham-0 says:

    Another attack on the middle class and poor from the liberals.

  11. Lasertag says:

    Thanks for the good writeup. It in fact was once a entertainment account it. Look advanced to more introduced agreeable from you! By the way, how could we keep in touch?

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