FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
POWERBALL® REDESIGN: BETTER OVERALL ODDS OF WINNING A PRIZE,
10X FEATURE ADDED WHEN STARTING JACKPOTS ARE LOWER
~ Changes Should Continue To Deliver Big Jackpots, Bump Up Other Significant Prizes ~
TALLAHASSEE - An updated version of the POWERBALL game is about to debut, with changes designed to continue to deliver big jackpots while upping some other significant prizes in the game. Sales in the redesigned game will begin on Sunday, October 4, 2015, and the first drawing with the new features will be on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
Tickets will still cost $2 per play, and there will be better overall odds of winning any prize and a big jump up to $50,000 for the game's third prize level. Plus, a new 10X multiplier will become available when the jackpot is $150 million or less, giving players who purchase Power Play® the chance to multiply most winnings by 10 times.
"The Florida Lottery is all about excitement and keeping the thrill alive for our players," said Florida Lottery Interim Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "We know our players like big jackpots because Florida routinely leads the country in POWERBALL sales. Our players also like the chance to play for other great prizes, and Florida has produced more POWERBALL winners than any other U.S. lottery since joining the game in 2009. These new game changes will allow jackpots to grow; better odds will mean more winners; and higher prizes offered at some of the lower levels."
The updates include changes to both sets of POWERBALL numbers used in the drawings. The first five numbers will be drawn from a set of 69 white balls (up from 59) and the Powerball from a pool of 26 (down from 35) red balls, resulting in better overall odds of winning a prize with extended odds of winning the jackpot.
POWERBALL jackpots will continue to start at $40 million and the game's second prize for matching the five white ball numbers but missing the Powerball will still be $1 million. However, the game's third prize level is getting a five-fold increase from $10,000 to $50,000 for matching four white ball numbers and the Powerball.
The game's Power Play add-on feature will also get a big expansion with a 10X multiplier available when the jackpot is at lower levels. Under the new design, the Power Play option will multiply most prizes (except the jackpot and Match 5 level) by 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X or 10X whenever the game's advertised jackpot is $150 million or less. Only the first four multipliers will be in play when the jackpot is higher than that. The Match 5 prize of $1 million will continue to double to $2 million with the Power Play added.
ABOUT POWERBALL IN FLORIDA
Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states of any U.S. lottery, exceeding more than $3 billion in sales and yielding $1.3 billion in education funding to date. Since joining the game in 2009, Florida has had the most POWERBALL winners in the nation, with more than 57 million winning tickets totaling $1.5 billion in prizes. Specifically, the Florida Lottery has produced more than 200 POWERBALL millionaires, of which 10 were jackpot winners, including the largest POWERBALL jackpot in the game's history, a $590.5 million jackpot, won by Florida Lottery player Gloria McKenzie in May 2013.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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