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Powerball To Become More Powerful Than Ever

Monday, November 21st, 2011

We have some exciting news. In celebration of its 20th birthday, beginning Sunday, January 15, 2012, Powerball will be more Powerful than ever.  Changes to the game will mean bigger starting jackpots, larger prizes and more winners.

For just $2 a play, you will get bigger jackpots, better prizes, more winners and an easier play style.

$2 Powerball Frequently Asked Questions

PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION

The Power Play® add-on feature will also become easier to understand and follow.  Still priced at $1 per play, Power Play will offer fixed prize levels in place of the current multiplier option.  Better yet, the second-tier prize with Power Play will increase from $1 million to $2 million cash.

Step-Down Schedule

To prepare for the new version of Powerball, we will begin a “step-down” on the number of drawings available for Advanced Play purchases. As a reminder, Advance Play allows Maryland Lottery players the opportunity to purchases tickets good for up to 15 consecutive draws in the future. The step-down will begin on Saturday, November 26th after the drawing. The number of Advance play draws available for purchase will decrease by one each draw night until the game change occurs in January.

After the close of the Saturday, January 14, 2012 drawing, players will not be able to buy Powerball tickets for the next draw or any future draws. Powerball sales for the new $2 Powerball games will begin on Sunday morning, January 15, 2012 and the first drawing will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. If there is no winner in the drawing on Saturday, January 14, the jackpot will keep rolling – but with higher increases per roll. If there is a jackpot winner on January 14 the jackpot for Wednesday, January 18 will be an estimated $40 million!

Draw Dates Number of Available Draws
Sat, Nov. 26, 2011 15 or less
Wed, Nov. 30, 2011 14 or less
Sat, Dec. 3, 2011 13 or less
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 12 or less
Sat, Dec 10, 2011 11 or less
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 10 or less
Sat, Dec 17, 2011 9 or less
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 8 or less
Sat, Dec 24, 2011 7 or less
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 6 or less
Sat, Dec 31, 2011 5 or less
Wed, Jan 4, 2012 4 or less
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 3 or less
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 2 or less
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 1
Sun, Jan 15, 2012 First day of $2 Powerball sales
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 First drawing of $2 Powerball

So, power up your potential for winning and get in on the fun and prizes with the new and improved Powerball game.

  • goofydog

    want people to play more? make the powerball value 10$. jackpot prize doesn’t need to be increased as it as it will increase over time. play for a persons chance to actually win a little something and not to good ol’ american greed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Franklin/100002908485965 James Franklin

    This is terrible. The jackpots are already big enough. When you’re winning multi-millions it doesn’t matter anymore and all the poor losers are going to be paying double every week for their chance. SHAME ON YOU lottery officials for doubling the price of this game for NO BENEFIT to the average player!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Franklin/100002908485965 James Franklin

    This is terrible. The jackpots are already big enough. When you’re winning multi-millions it doesn’t matter anymore and all the poor losers are going to be paying double every week for their chance. SHAME ON YOU lottery officials for doubling the price of this game for NO BENEFIT to the average player!

  • Anonymous

    Hk: Not at this time.

  • Rhonda Bell-Todd

    I agree with everyone else i never won more than $3- $7 on jackpot games, i think it’s a bad move, i would putting my money in match 5 and multi match

  • http://www.facebook.com/coyote114 Patrick Reese

    gamble responsibly, each time you want to buy a lottery ticket, take the money you would spend, put it in a jar . keep doing this ,then check to see each time if you would have won, at the end of the year add it up and see what  if you could of won more

  • http://www.facebook.com/coyote114 Patrick Reese

    greedy greedy,greedy as a player the odds suck with the number of states in the powerball and now they want more money,all i keep hearing from mayland agents now about all our games in Maryland scratch games and all Baltimore has more winners because they spend more money then the rest off us , well the odds just is too much now you want more money , more money for Baltimore keep it  just be greedy

  • http://www.facebook.com/coyote114 Patrick Reese

    greedy greedy,greedy as a player the odds suck with the number of states in the powerball and now they want more money,all i keep hearing from mayland agents now about all our games in Maryland scratch games and all Baltimore has more winners because they spend more money then the rest off us , well the odds just is too much now you want more money , more money for Baltimore keep it  just be greedy

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a BAD move in this economy. I wonder if the powers that be at the multi-state group that runs PB will rescind this move — like Bank of America did with the bright (not) idea of charging debit card users.

  • David Warren

    This sucks!  Do you guys actually survey people to see what they want?  I’ve been reading the comments and 99.1% of them don’t seem to like this increase.  The odds don’t look that much appealing for an extra dollar.  This looks like it will drive more revenue to the MegaMillion since for now it is still $1.  Our Governor O’Malley is already taking a lot of our money out of our pockets with increased taxes and fees.  Guess you guys are joining the club.

  • David Warren

    This sucks!  Do you guys actually survey people to see what they want?  I’ve been reading the comments and 99.1% of them don’t seem to like this increase.  The odds don’t look that much appealing for an extra dollar.  This looks like it will drive more revenue to the MegaMillion since for now it is still $1.  Our Governor O’Malley is already taking a lot of our money out of our pockets with increased taxes and fees.  Guess you guys are joining the club.

  • Anonymous

    Add me to the list of people who will NOT be playing at 2.00 a ticket. Are you kidding? If the price doubles, the odds of winning should also. Unless I’m wrong the price will be twice as much, but the odds of winning, especially the jackpot, will hardly improve at all. I know the odds of winning are against me, but come on….I’m not but so stupid. I’d rather have better odds at less money.

  • Giri Baltimore

    Probability of winning is 1 in 35, now.  When the lottery price  doubled next week, the probability should improve to 1 in 17.5.
    But the proposed new power ball game winning odds are 1 in every 31.85 tickets.  How come it will be better?  When there is a 100% increase in the price, winning odds should improve
    proportionately(100%).
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/keah.fryar Keah Fryar

    I’ve played power ball when it first came out. After numerous times of winning nothing, I stopped playing. The same went for mega millions. At least with multi-match you know someone in Maryland will win. I’ll never put a dollar, or two now, on these multi-state games. I’ll stick with my occasional pick 3 or 4, which I haven’t hit in over 8 months either!

  • mike

    if there is no powerplay multiplier for the non jackpot prizes, including the 2nd place ($1,000,000) prize, i, like some of the other disatisfied players here, also will not play anymore.

  • Bohinnant

    i dont like this change at all its more like powergreed than powerball how long before mega millions and multi match do the same with even lesser results

  • Bohinnant

    i dont like this change at all its more like powergreed than powerball how long before mega millions and multi match do the same with even lesser results

  • Anonymous

    Hondou: To answer your question, as with all multi-state jackpot games, all drawings are random and there is no way to predict or determine which state will produce winning tickets. In the past 11 months, nine different states have been home to the big jackpot — including Maryland! (In September, a $108.8 million winning Powerball ticket was sold in Abingdon, MD.) Please note that while we don’t always have jackpot winners, there are thousands of players in Maryland who win non-jackpot prizes each drawing.

    $2 Powerball is being introduced to give players more options and create more million dollar winners. While the odds of winning a jackpot on any of the multi-state games are considerable, Maryland has seen 13 second-tier Powerball winners this year alone. With the introduction of the new Powerball prize structure, the current amount of $200,000 for the second-tier prize will now increase to $1 million! Of course, players who do not wish to pay $2 for a multi-state jackpot game can still play Mega Millions at $1 per play.

    • flagcourtbudd

      Yes, we have had some winners here in Md. But look at where the most winners are. All we get here is what I call “Chump Change”, just enough for people to keep playing the game. Used to play $5 or $10 a game, now only play $1 when I remember to play. Lost interest in all of the games. Also , used to play pick 3/ pick4, multimatch & bonus match 5. Keno& Race Trax, another joke!Watch the slots, they’ll drop off too.

    • flagcourtbudd

      Yes, we have had some winners here in Md. But look at where the most winners are. All we get here is what I call “Chump Change”, just enough for people to keep playing the game. Used to play $5 or $10 a game, now only play $1 when I remember to play. Lost interest in all of the games. Also , used to play pick 3/ pick4, multimatch & bonus match 5. Keno& Race Trax, another joke!Watch the slots, they’ll drop off too.

    • Mdsucks

      you guy suck! if it wasnt broke why do you want to fix it. it will be more losers that winners

  • Anonymous

    It saddens me that the only way lottery officials know how to increase the prize pot is to charge double for a game. Especially when they tell you to gamble responsibly. Thanks, now I have to spend twice a much for the same number of lines!

  • Anonymous

    It saddens me that the only way lottery officials know how to increase the prize pot is to charge double for a game. Especially when they tell you to gamble responsibly. Thanks, now I have to spend twice a much for the same number of lines!



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