Powerball Product Group announced on March 20th 2020 a series of changes to the Powerball jackpot rules, as reaction to the unprecedented crisis of the coronavirus outbreak. The top prize will reset to $20 million after the current jackpot is won and the increase between draws will be of at least $2 million. Previously, the US Powerball rules included a starting jackpot of $40 million and a rollover increase of at least $10 million.
The corona virus pandemic has affected the entire world. More and more countries are imposing restrictions, recommending or forcing people to stay at home in order to contain the spread of the virus and limit the negative impact of this pandemic. The crisis is touching all aspects of life, including the lotteries. In the US, many lottery offices are closed until further notice. Claim centers in most states operate with reduced hours or upon appointment.
However, the biweekly draws of the two multi-state lotteries have continued so far as scheduled. For the Powerball lottery, the Multi-State Lottery Association confirmed the situation will stay this way, only that a few rules regarding the jackpot are changing as follows:
- The starting amount will be of $20 million;
- The rollover jump will be of at least $2 million;
These changes will come into effect as soon as the current jackpot is won. There is no mention, however, in the official statement, as to how long these temporary changes will be in place
Why has the Powerball lottery made these decisions? The answer is pretty obvious: on one hand, ticket sales are a lot lower, while on the other hand, the lottery officials want to continue to support the good causes, especially in these difficult times. As the lottery is a way of raising funds for different state projects and causes, this decision comes to ensure that there is sufficient funding to states whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Powerball players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders or recommendations from their governors or mayors, which have affected normal consumer behaviors. Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, we are making proactive changes to continue to offer the world’s premier lottery product. We would like to offer support to our loyal players during this unprecedented time. We are committed to being America’s favorite jackpot game.Gregory Mineo, Powerball Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director.
- What are the changes to Powerball jackpot?
The starting jackpot is reduced to $20 million, whereas previously the Powerball jackpot had a min. of $40 million. The rollover jump will be of at least $2 million, whereas previous, the increase between draws was of at least $10 million.
- Will Powerball drawings continue as scheduled?
Yes! For now, new Powerball winning numbers will be drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at the Florida Lottery’s Tallahassee studio at 10:59PM EST.
- Can I continue to buy tickets online?
Online ticket sales continue for as long as Powerball draws continue to be held.