The US Powerball lottery game will be implementing a few changes, come this October, which could see the Powerball jackpot reach crazy jackpot prize-funds of up to $1 Billion! Imagine winning 1 Billion Dollars!
Back in July of this year, the Commission announced that there would be a rule tweak which would mean more overall prizes being distributed. Seasoned lottery players will be shaking their heads right about now, thinking, yeah right, and the chances of winning the jackpot will be a darn side harder.
But, looking back at similar lotto game changes, we have to admit that bigger jackpots far more exciting to play, and yes, eventually there is always that lucky lotto player that wins the jackpot. So, before you knock the Powerball changes senseless, ask yourself, “Do I want to be the $1 Billion Powerball jackpot winner?” Of course you do!
Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Lottery had this to say about the impending Powerball changes, “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.”
For those of us who do play the lottery frequently, we are familiar with how the game works.
New Set of US Powerball Rules
Current ball set:
At the moment, Powerball lottery players select their numbers from two ball sets, five white balls and one red ball from second ball set.
- 5 numbers from a possible 59 (White numbers)
- 1 number from a possible 35 (red Power balls)
New ball set:
After the rules change, the white number ball set is to increase while the red ball set will have fewer numbers, which should give Powerball lotto players a bigger chance of winning a lower tiered prize.
- 5 numbers from a possible 69 (White numbers)
- 1 number from a possible 26 (red Power balls)
When exactly will the Powerball changes take place?
The last draw under the current Powerball field of numbers will be October 3, 2015. The first draw under the new field of numbers will be October 7, 2015.
Reason For The Powerball Rule Change
The reason the Gaming Commission have decided to make the Powerball changes, is to give more Powerball lottery players the chance to win prizes. Ticket sales will also increase, due to the fact that more people will win prizes and ultimately increase the popularity of the lotto game.
Use the Powerball Rule Change to Your Advantage
So, even though your odds of winning the top prize tier on the US Powerball are slightly less due to the ball set changes, your overall chance of winning a lower tiered prize is actually significantly higher.
Right now, your chance of winning any prize is 1 in 32. After the change, your chances will improve to 1 in 25. We know this might come across as a pretty good excuse to buy Powerball tickets if you haven’t yet done so, but it does mean that you the chance of you winning more often – giving you more money to reinvest in more Powerball tickets with the goal of hitting a much higher jackpot!
Believe in something Bigger
According to the ad agency, David&Goliath, the Powerball tagline, “‘Believe in something bigger,’ isn’t just a tagline it’s a mind-set. One that inspires people to think beyond what’s possible. To be part of a movement of optimism and larger-than-life dreams, and to serve as a filter for the Lottery and the people who play.”
It’s not the first time lottery players have been faced with ball set changes, and there are a huge number that are completely unfazed by them. After all, when you win, the odds don’t matter in the long run.
Remember… “You have to be in it, to win it!”
Powerball Results for the 1st September 2015:
Last night’s winning Powerball numbers were: 17 - 22 - 30 - 46 - 56 – 16
Unfortunately, no one matched all the winning Powerball numbers drawn last night to scoop the $120 million jackpot, which means this Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is now sitting at a gigantic $133 million! Three lucky Powerball tickets holders did however become instant millionaires when they matched all five main numbers, winning 1 million Dollars each. 19 players won $10,000.00 for matching four numbers and the Power Ball.
For all of the detailed Powerball results, please have a look below: