The Australian Powerball lottery is set to make some big changes this month which are hopes to create more winners in every draw, and bigger jackpots.
The Australian Powerball lottery has announced a set of exciting changes to its weekly game which come into force at the end of this week. On Friday, April 13th, a day which might be unlucky for some, players will have even more options and chances to win bigger jackpots. Earlier this year a woman from Sydney won $20 million on the Australian Powerball which she said would end her financial struggles.
In time for the next Powerball drawing on Thursday, April 19th, players will be able to choose seven numbers for their tickets instead of the current six, and they will be in the range of 1 to 35 instead of 1 to 40. As well as the change of numbers, there will also be a new prize tier added to the current eight ways to win the Australian Powerball prizes, with a ninth prize category giving players more chances to win. Not long ago a grandfather from New South Wales won $3 million on an Australian Powerball ticket.
Thanks to these changes, the odds of winning a prize on the Australian Powerball will improve from a chance of 1 in 78 to 1 in 44, while the size of jackpots will also increase. The current record for the Australian Powerball jackpot was $80 million, which was won by two players in July 2009, but that record could soon be broken. Records have been broken in recent years in the USA’s Powerball, as a Massachusetts woman became the largest single winner of a jackpot last year, and in 2016 three winners took home a record breaking Powerball jackpot worth $1.3 billion.
The odds of scoring the jackpot itself are going to lengthen from 1 in 76.7 million to 1 in 134.4 million, which means that the prize will be won less frequently and will therefore roll over more often, creating bigger and better jackpots for those that are lucky enough to break the odds.
The first drawing taking place under the new changes will begin with a jackpot worth $8 million, but who knows how much it could grow! Late last year changes to the American Mega Millions lottery were announced which were hoped to create higher jackpots for players.
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