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.