An updated version of the Powerball game makes its debut Sunday, Oct. 4, with changes designed to continue delivering big jackpots while increasing other significant prizes in the game. The first drawing with the new features will be Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Beginning Oct. 4, there will be changes to both sets of numbers that players use. Players will choose their first five numbers from a set of 69 (currently 59) white balls and their Powerball from a pool of 26 (currently 35) red balls. The end result will be better overall odds of winning any prize with extended odds of winning the jackpot.
Powerball jackpots will continue to start at $40 million and the game’s second prize for matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball will still be $1 million. But the game’s third prize level is getting a five-fold increase from $10,000 to $50,000 for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.
The game’s Power Play option also will get a big expansion with a 10X feature when jackpots in the game are $150 million or less. Currently, players can multiply many prizes by up to five times by adding the Power Play option to their purchase for an extra $1 per play. Under the new design, the Power Play option will be expanded to multiply most prizes (except the jackpot and Match 5 level) by up to 10 times whenever the game’s advertised annuitized jackpot is $150 million or less. The Match 5 prize of $1 million will continue to double to $2 million with the Power Play option added.
Powerball drawings will continue to be held at 7:59 p.m. Pacific every Wednesday and Saturday.