Powerball Rule Changes: Bigger Prizes, Better Odds Posted: Tuesday, 29 September 2015 Powerball rule changes 2015’s richest lottery on Earth is undergoing a significant transformation. Powerball Rule Changes. Designed to push jackpot totals skywards whilst increasing the player’s overall chances of a prize win. The executives behind the changes hope that it will lead to increased player satisfaction and compete with MegaMillions’ € 583 million world record figure 2012. What’s changing? The balls The key tweak will see a change in the numbers of regular balls and ‘Powerballs’ in the draw. Powerball currently challenges the player to pick five numbers from 1 to 59, and one Powerball from 1 to 35. Starting with the Wednesday night draw on October 4th, players must now pick five regular numbers from 69, and one Powerball from 26. More cash for third tier winners The reward for some players who narrowly miss out on a jackpot win is also set to increase. The set prize for third-tier winners is then quintupling from € 8.999 to € 44.400. What do these changes mean for players? “The proposed rule is intended to increase the odds of winning any prize while decreasing the odds to win the jackpot.” – Robert Williams, New York State Gaming Commission The new Powerball set-up is designed to benefit the average Powerball player. Meanwhile it will generate headline-grabbing jackpot figures to capture the public’s imagination and boost ticket sales. The odds of winning any prize with any one Powerball line shorten from 1 in 32 to 1 in 25 and a simultaneous lengthening of the odds on a jackpot is likely to result in more rollovers and even bigger jackpot figures. The bottom line is that while fewer players will take home jackpot prizes, more players will win money (whether that’s a life-changing sum or just a little extra pocket money). How to make the most of the situation As the new rules take effect, Powerball’s place in your lottery plans can shift slightly. For both mega-money moon shot players and for smaller wins players along the way, this is now the ideal lotto. Players who want shorter odds on a more easily attainable jackpot should look to European draws like EuroMillions and EuroJackpot. All figures used are based on 24/09/15 exchange rates.