Louisiana Lottery announces Powerball’s matrix changes to build bigger jackpots

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On Oct. 4, 2015, the multi-state Lottery game Powerball will welcome a new game matrix designed to create larger average jackpots and more winning experiences. Those who add the $1 Power Play option will have the opportunity to multiply their non-jackpot prize up to 10 times whenever Powerball’s advertised annuity jackpot is $150 million or less.

“The last time Powerball’s game matrix changed was in 2012,” explained Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson. “Since then, the game’s playing population has grown to include 47 lottery jurisdictions, and jackpots are consequently hit faster. This change will help produce those eye-popping jackpots that players have come to expect with Powerball.”

To produce the added player benefits, 10 numbers will be added to the field of white-ball numbers for a total of 69 and nine Powerball numbers will be removed for a total of 26. These game matrix changes result in higher odds of winning the jackpot, which will go from 1 in 175.2 million to 1 in 292.2 million; however, the odds of winning any prize will improve from 1 in 32 to 1 in 25.

While most of the prize levels remain the same, the $10,000 prize for matching four white-ball numbers plus the red Powerball number will jump to $50,000.

Power Play, the $1 add-on option to Powerball, will also include a 10X multiplier anytime the advertised annuity Powerball jackpot is $150 million or less to encourage game interest at lower jackpot levels. In those instances, the 10X will be added to the standard field of multipliers that include two 5X’s, three 4X’s, 13 3X’s and 24 2X’s. Players who purchase Power Play have the chance to multiply prizes from the bottom seven prize tiers by the multiplier randomly selected during the drawing.

In order to prepare for these Powerball game changes, the Lottery will temporarily and progressively suspend the multi-draw option so that plays cannot be purchased in advance for drawings beyond Oct. 3 according to the following schedule:

Powerball Multi-draw Option Last Day to Purchase (by 9 p.m.)

Powerball Multidraw Option

Last Day to Purchase (by 9 p.m.)

20-Draw Ticket

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

10-Draw Ticket

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

5-Draw Ticket

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

4-Draw Ticket

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

3-Draw Ticket

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2105

2-Draw Ticket

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

The Powerball multi-draw option will become fully operational again on Oct. 4, when sales start for the new game version. Also, players who regularly use playslips to purchase their tickets must complete a new slip beginning Oct. 4. Multi-draw allows players to purchase plays for 20, 10, five, four, three or two advance, consecutive drawings.

Players are advised to sign the back of their tickets for security purposes immediately after purchasing. The Lottery also encourages responsible play and urges anyone with a gambling problem to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help.

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