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Powerball® Enhancements


CONTACT: Chuck Baumann
Phone: 503-540-1015
Cell: 503-510-7829

Powerball® enhancements begin January 15

January 10, 2012 - Salem, Ore. - On January 15, 2012, the Powerball game, offered by Oregon and 43 other lotteries, will be bigger than ever. The minimum starting jackpot will go from $20 million to $40 million and more million-dollar prizes will be available, thus creating more millionaires.

Among the changes to the game:
  • Cost per ticket increases to $2 (currently $1)
  • Starting jackpot increases to $40 million (currently $20 million)
  • Prize for matching five white ball numbers increases to $1 million (currently $200,000)
  • Match 5 prize with the Power Play option added increases to $2 million (currently $1 million)
  • Overall odds of winning a prize goes to 1 in 31.8 (currently 1 in 35)

“Last year, we had six players win the $200,000 Match 5 prize,’ said Lottery Director Larry Niswender. “Had these changes been in place at that time, those players would have been million-dollar winners! Needless to say, we are very excited about creating more Oregon millionaires.’

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