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Estimated for drawing Apr 26, 2017
Estimated Cash Value: $62,500,000

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Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday after
draw entry closes at 7:00 p.m.

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Summary of Powerball Changes   

 

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The last draw under the previous Powerball field of numbers was October 3, 2015. The first draw under the new field of numbers was October 7, 2015.

Field of numbers
Players previously chose 5 numbers between 1 and 59, now they choose numbers between 1 and 69. 

Powerball number
Players now choose 1 number between 1 and 26, previously they choose a number between 1 and 35.

Odds 
The overall odds of winning any prize changed from 1 in 31.85 to 1 in 24.87.
The Jackpot odds changed from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 293 million. 

 

FAQs

When will these changes be taking place?

The LAST draw using the old field of numbers is October 3, 2015. The FIRST draw under the new field of numbers is October 7, 2015. Please note that Powerball ticket sales will be turned off after the pool closes Saturday night at 7pm, October 3, 2015.  Powerball ticket sales will resume under the new field of numbers at 7 am on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

 
What are the changes to the field of numbers?

The CHOOSE 5 portion of the play will change from 1-59 to 1-69 and the Powerball number portion of the play will change from 1-35 to 1-26.


What does that do to the odds?

The overall odds of winning a prize improve from 1 in 31.85 to 1 in 24.87.  The Jackpot odds change from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 293 million.


How will this affect the Jackpot?

The starting Jackpot for Powerball will remain at $40 million and will increase a minimum of $10 million for each roll in which the Jackpot is not hit. 

How will the change be communicated?

The Lottery will use all its available communications vehicles to inform players of the changes including the Public Website and at-retailer point-of-sale.


Other states offer a guaranteed $1 million 5 of 5 prize, why not California?

In California, Powerball prize payout amounts are pari-mutuel and will vary depending on ticket sales and the number of winners.  Therefore, California Powerball prize amounts will differ from the guaranteed prizes shown on the Powerball website.  In many cases though the shared pari-mutuel 5 of 5 prize won in California is more than the guaranteed prize offered in other states.


Other states have a multiplier and additional wager – why not California?

Participation in the multiplier and additional wager feature for Powerball is determined on a state by state basis in compliance with federal and state law and local regulations.  California has elected not to offer this game feature.


Why is California making this game change? Powerball is operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, which decided by a majority vote of their members to make these changes. 

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