January 06, 2009
POWERBALL UPDATE BRINGS BIGGER JACKPOTS, FASTER
Jackpots now start at $20M as part of nationwide change
Dover, DE -- The Delaware Lottery today said that POWERBALL®
players will now enjoy larger starting jackpots and better overall odds
of winning a prize. While the popular lottery game remains largely unaltered,
POWERBALL® gamers will see larger jackpots accumulate more quickly
thanks to updates put into effect in all states where tickets are sold.
Jackpots will now begin at $20 million (estimated annuity), up from $15
million (estimated annuity), and overall odds improve from 1:36.60 to
1:35.11. The $20 million starting jackpot represents the worlds
largest starting lotto game jackpot. The announcement follows a nationwide
matrix change that regulates odds and payouts in participant states.
Any time we can offer larger prizes and more chances to win without
raising ticket prices its a win-win-win situation, said Delaware
Lottery Director, Wayne Lemons. Im sure our players will greet
this news with enthusiasm.
Players who choose Power Play® and win the second level prize (Match
5) of $200,000 will now win $1 million (five times the $200,000 prize)
in cash no matter what Power Play® number is drawn, according to new
game rules. Tickets that qualify for a set cash prize on the bottom seven
prize levels are still guaranteed to multiply that amount 2, 3, 4, or
5 times if Power Play® was selected. The number grid has also been
changed, allowing players to now select five white numbers from 1 to 59
and one red POWERBALL® number from 1 to 39.
Sales of the updated POWERBALL® game began Sunday. The first drawing
is set for Jan. 7.
POWERBALL® is the Multi-State Lottery game with a guaranteed minimum
estimated annuity jackpot of $20 million per drawing, plus eight set cash
prizes up to $200,000. POWERBALL® tickets cost $1 per game. It costs
just one dollar more to add the Power Play® option.
The Delaware Lottery reminds players that prizes must be claimed within
one year from the date of the drawing.
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed
more than $2.8 billion to the states General Fund to help finance
needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers
a variety of games: POWERBALL®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY
3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional
details are available at delottery.com, at licensed retailers, and from
the Lottery's office in Dover.
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