MONEY gambling

This Graphic Shows How Your Powerball Odds Just Got Better—and Worse

The new lottery rules are a mixed bag

The new Powerball rules are a win-win for state lotteries. By tweaking the number of red and white balls to choose from, the already-horrendous odds of winning the jackpot are worse than ever. But more people are expected to play because the grand prizes will be bigger and the chances of winning something (like a measly $4) have actually increased.

The first drawing under the new system was in early October, and—not surprisingly—nobody won the $50 million jackpot. The big prize for Powerball has kept creeping upward, and the drawing for Wednesday, January 13, will feature a jackpot over $1.5 billion. Check out the graphic below to see how your odds of winning have changed—for better and for worse.

New Powerball rules


Read Next: New Powerball Odds Are Part of America’s Long Love Affair With Lotteries

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at


Dear MONEY Reader,

As a regular visitor to, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The MONEY Team