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Lotterywest CEO Jan Stewart said the changes had been made following national research which showed players wanted higher level jackpots more often and improved odds of experiencing a win. “History has shown that more players get excited and will participate in the game as the jackpot amount gets bigger which is what we hope to see following these game changes.”

Powerball now more exciting than ever!

28 February 2013

Exciting game changes to one of Australia’s premium jackpotting Lotto games ‘Powerball’ will come into effect tomorrow.

The changes will deliver Powerball players bigger jackpots more often and create more winners every week with better overall odds of winning a prize.

Lotterywest CEO Jan Stewart said the changes had been made following national research which showed players wanted higher level jackpots more often and improved odds of experiencing a win.

“History has shown that more players get excited and will participate in the game as the jackpot amount gets bigger which is what we hope to see following these game changes.”

Three main changes will be made to the game to which include:

  • A change to the game matrix means Powerball will now be played by drawing six balls from 40 in barrel A (currently five balls from 45) and one ball from 20 in the Powerball barrel (currently one ball from 45)
  • The number of prize divisions has increased from seven to eight, improving the odds of players winning a prize. The odds of winning any prize in Powerball will improve from 1 in 119.8 to 1 in 77.7.
  • A price increase from 75 cents per game to 85 cents per game (plus retailer commission) which will help support prize levels across the game’s eight divisions.

“Powerball has been a very popular and successful part of the Australian Lotto portfolio for more than 17 years now and these are the first major changes to Powerball since it was launched in 1996,” Ms Stewart said.

As Powerball is a national game, these changes have been decided on by all members of the Australian Lotteries Bloc and are effective in all States and Territories.

The first Powerball draw to incorporate these exciting changes will be Draw 877 on Thursday 7 March 2013.

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