Last August 15, 2012 was definitely a lucky day for one person in Michigan as the winning numbers translated to huge winnings in the Powerball draw! The whopping $320 million jackpot prize was eventually won after several months of waiting. February of this year was the last time someone took home a much-coveted huge jackpot payout and everyone was buzzing with excitement as they waited for the next instant millionaire. The winner from the state of Michigan clearly benefited from the advantage of having the Powerball changes made recently come into play.
In January 2012, Powerball had a revamp as they made some changes in order to provide bigger jackpots and more chances of bringing home large winnings. Although the cost of one ticket increased to $2, the starting jackpot also coincided with this increase by doubling it from $20 million to $40 million. There was also a shooting up of jackpots as they implemented a minimum of $10 million with every roll. The prize in Match-5 made a leap from $200,000 to $1 million while the Powerball-only prize jumped from $3 to $4. Naturally, with these changes, the odds of hitting it big also adjusted from the usual 1 in 195.2 million to 1 in 175.2 million. Even if you don’t rake in the much-coveted jackpot prize, you still get more chances of winning other prizes as the odds changed from 1 in 35 to 1 in 32.
If the price increase is your concern then you can rest easy because evidently, with just a slight change in the ticket price, more benefits were given to every player. You get larger jackpot payouts and better gaming odds. Powerball has drawings every Wednesdays and Saturdays each week so you can try your luck as much as you want. Aside from the major changes mentioned, lottery game enthusiasts can enjoy the Powerball they have grown to love because the basic play style did not change. You just need to take note that the number of red Powerball numbers is lessened by four. That means you have to pick five white ball numbers from a total of 59 and a single Powerball number from a total of 35.
American Powerball is your exciting shot to becoming an instant millionaire. With the combined revenue from over 40 participating states in the US, the game is now regarded as the premium lotto game. More winners are expected to realize their dream of becoming multi-millionaires with the recent adjustments in the game mechanics.