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Enhanced Multi-State Powerball Game Goes On Sale January 15

Monday, January 9th, 2012

New $2 version offers bigger starting jackpots, larger prizes and more millionaires

The new year is bringing new features to Powerball. Beginning Sunday, January 15, 2012, the multi-state jackpot game will double its starting jackpot from $20 million to $40 million. In addition, the second-tier prize will rise from the current $200,000 to $1 million. If a player adds the Power Play option, the second-tier prize automatically doubles to $2 million. The ticket price also changes, moving from $1 to $2 for a single Powerball ticket. The overall odds of winning a prize improve from one in 35 to one in 31.8, and the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot go from one in 195.2 million to one in 175.2 million. The first Powerball drawing under the new game structure will take place on Wednesday, January 18.

$2 Powerball Frequently Asked Questions

“Players like fast-growing jackpots, and they like having options, so the new $2 game should do well,” Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said. “Innovation and change are important to all industries, including the lottery, and we think that $2 Powerball represents new energy and excitement that our players will embrace.” The enhancements, approved in June by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) which owns and operates Powerball, will result in the first price increase in tickets since the game started nearly 20 years ago. The changes apply to all 44 states and jurisdictions that offer Powerball.

Since going on sale in Maryland only two years ago, there have been two Powerball jackpot winners. The first jackpot win of $108.8 million was claimed by an Abingdon couple on September 7, 2011. The most recent Powerball jackpot win in Maryland occurred less than two weeks ago on Christmas Eve. The winning $128.8 million ticket was purchased at Wesley’s in Elkton and was claimed by a Pennsylvania couple on Friday, January 6, 2012. In addition, there have been 21 second-tier Powerball winners since the game launched in Maryland, with three of those winners taking home $1 million as a result of adding the Power Play option.

“With these new game enhancements, we anticipate increased popularity in Powerball, increased sales and, ultimately, increased revenue for the state of Maryland,” Martino said.

  • Lawnaideplus

    Can one purchase a subscription POWERBALL ticket?

    • Anonymous

      Lawnaideplus: Not at this time.

  • Deweyh1

    I will no longer buy powerball.  I would like to know how the odds for winning go down just because the price of the ticket goes up.  I didn’t see anything in the writeup to make the odds go down.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with other comments that this increase is not an ‘enhancement’.
    Basically, it is a way for the Power Ball states to collect more tax money.
    In a week or so, these comments will disappear, but you know that most people
    will still play Power Ball, perhaps spending a bit more money on less tickets.

    Like many, I have dreams of winning millions. I also have dreams of giving
    money to my church and to the not for profit that my wife works for.
    But here I sit, unemployed after my company closed here in MD and moved south
    partly because MD taxed the company out of the state……GREEDY

  • Anonymous

    CharleneS301: Yes it will. It will remain $1 to add Power Play.

    • but at a set price, you will no longer win up to 5 times the prize on a lower prize it is all set at a rate

  • Tare_mi

    live it the way it is.

  • Tare_mi

    live it the way it is.

  • No more powerball for me, I will place it on megan millions instead, goodbye Powerball  

    • Jackiecberry1961

      amy you said no more powerball what is the reason.

      • they can take their $1 increase and shove it, they make enough as it is, you take the cash option you lose almost half, then the a-holes tax you on what you take of that, screw them. If you take the cash option there shouldnt be any tax you already gave up nearly half and now they want another dollar to boot, screw powerball