Overhaul Coming to Powerball

Odds of winning, ticket prices to increase

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    Changes coming in January.

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    by Bruce Felps

    The Multi-State Lottery Association, to which the Texas Lottery Commission belongs, feels your Powerball pain.

    They graciously decided to increase the jackpots — starting them at $40 million, which doubles the existing $20-million starting point. The number of Powerball options drop from 39 to 35, which is supposed to mean better odds at wining the big prize given you draw the correct opening five from 1-59.

    According to the press release issued today, “Players today have a 1 in 35 overall chance of winning, which will improve to 1 in 32 in the new game.” OK, if they say so.

    Here’s the attached string, because there’s always a string or two attached — the ticket prices, speaking of doubling, jump from $1 to $2.

    In all due fairness the Multi-State Lottery Association, which goes by the acronym “MUSL” in what must be an attempt at “muscle,” increased the second place take from $200,000 to $1 million.

    But don’t get all excited and expect the changes to be in place by Tuesday’s game. The overhauled version kicks in Jan. 15, 2012.

    And apropos of nothing except maybe it’s appropriate somehow, the Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director’s last name is Grief.

    Coincidence?


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He believes himself destined to win the lottery. Moron.