|TICKET SALES BEGIN:
||Sunday, January 15, 2012
||Wednesday, January 18, 2012
||Wednesday and Saturday
|TOP PRIZE (ROLLING):
||Jackpot (starts at $40 million)
Q: Why is Powerball changing?
A: Powerball is enriching the game with more chances to become a millionaire, bigger starting jackpots and better overall odds of winning a prize.
Q: What are the changes to Powerball?
A: The starting jackpot is increasing from $20 million to $40 million, the 2nd place prize is increasing from $200,000 to $1 million and the overall odds are better at 1 in 31.8 as opposed to 1 in 35.
Q: Are the number of balls changing?
A: The number of white balls players can select remain the same at 1 through 59. The number of red balls is decreasing from 1 through 39 to 1 through 35.
Q: Why did the cost of a Powerball ticket increase from $1 to $2?
A: The price was changed to $2 to support the added value of the new changes to Powerball.
Q: When will Powerball be changing?
A: Powerball changes will take place starting Sunday, January 15, 2012, and the first drawing with the changes will be Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
Q: Are these changes just for Powerball in Arizona?
A: Powerball is changing in all of the 44 participating states.
Q: Will the odds change?
A: $2 Powerball will have better overall odds of winning a prize at 1 in 31.8.
Q: Is the starting jackpot still $20 million?
A: The starting jackpot has doubled from $20 million to $40 million.
Q: Are the other prize levels remaining the same?
A: The 2nd place prize is increasing to $1 million. If you purchase the Power Play option, the 2nd place prize will be $2 million.
Q: Are the days of the drawings changing?
A: Drawings will still be held every Wednesday and Saturday evening.
Q: Will the cost of adding Power Play increase?
A: Power Play is still available at $1 per play.
Q: Is Power Play changing?
A: Yes, there no longer will be a separate Power Play number drawn as a multiplier. Players who select the Power Play option and win, will automatically have their prize increased according to the prize table shown below.