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Pricier Powerball tickets on sale

Posted January 15, 2012

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— Tickets for the new version of Powerball went on sale Sunday morning, which officials say will give players the chance to play for bigger jackpots and providing more chances to win $1 million or more.

The changes, approved last June by lotteries that make up the Multi-State Lottery Association, mean the price of Powerball tickets went from $1 to $2 each.

Alice Garland, executive director of the North Carolina Education Lottery, said the new game should produce more $1 million winners because the prizes for matching the five white balls in the game will now be $1 million for a regular Powerball ticket and $2 million for those who buy a Power Play ticket for $3.

If the new game had been in effect during 2011, 17 North Carolina Powerball players would have won $1 million rather than $200,000, and nine players would have won $2 million rather than $1 million, Garland said.

“Powerball jackpots not only will start bigger and grow faster, but we believe Powerball players here will like the much larger prizes they get for matching five white balls,” she said in a statement. “The improvements in the game should make it more popular and lead to higher Powerball sales and consequently more money for education in North Carolina.”

The odds of winning a jackpot will be one in 175 million, as opposed to the current odds of 1 in 195 million. The odds of winning a prize in the overall game will also get better, moving to 1 in 31.8, down from 1 in 35.

The better odds result from a change in the numbers that can be drawn in the game. The numbers available for the Powerball will be reduced from 39 to 35. Powerball players will still choose their first five numbers from a pool of 1 to 59.


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  • dgcreech Jan 17, 2012

    Must be a slow news week at WRAL, this story was published Saturday and is still in the top 5 on the main page.

  • boneymaroney13 Jan 17, 2012

    I still think caping the winnings at 2 million per winner per drawing would produce more winners and probably more purchasers. Increase the chances of winning and you will increase the purchasers.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 17, 2012

    I buy a ticket every now and then for fun. Yes, I know the odds. But I'll buy less now.

  • fayncmike Jan 17, 2012

    "IMHO, the government should come out with a national lottery which will be used to repay the money stolen from social security.

    When you see this article about the PowerBall tickets going up, don't assume that the PowerBall or MegaMillions are a significant portion of the lottery revenues in N.C. We only get the revenue if someone in N.C. wins, and that's only happened about a half dozen times since we started playing."

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. The base revenue is computed on ticket sales. For 2011 it was 201.4 million dollars. The total to date is 1.76 billion dollars. The lottery is a win/win situation. We should have had it many years before we finally did.

  • bubbba Jan 17, 2012

    keep the payout at $10 Million and tax-free. People will flock to buy them.
    I am with you on that BubbaDuke, but personally I will take the odds of getting eaten by a shark more seriously than winning the lottery.

  • Disabled Vet Jan 17, 2012

    Oh boy, now we can contribute twice as much to the state educattion fund to be used somewhere else.

  • boneymaroney13 Jan 16, 2012

    If we are spending 20% less than other states on education, what would this state be budgeting for education it not for the lottery sub.? That's not a valid argument. It's talking points. The question is, is good Ol' Bev concerned with the reduction in education spending not including the lottery money. Get it!!!?

  • boneymaroney13 Jan 16, 2012

    We are NOT other states. Please don't reply with your NEA talking points. That wasn't my question.

  • NomoreKoolaid Jan 16, 2012

    Bye Powerball to our pool money that we have played for five years with a average of 10% return.

  • independent_thinker Jan 16, 2012

    "What is good ol' Gov. Bev allowing to happen to the education budgets or the lottery money?"

    NC spends almost 20% less than the national average to educate each student. In fact, 43 states have higher costs.

    Have you seen the cost for local, private, non-sectarian high schools? You'll pay twice as much to have your children educated in an environment where the teachers earn less than public school teachers. Talk about bloated administrative salaries.

    Apparently, you're getting the education you're willing to pay for.