Nebraskans who grab a dollar out of their pocket to buy a Powerball ticket will now have to grab two. The Powerball ticket price change went into effect over the weekend. Mary Neubauer with the Iowa Lottery says the price hike was needed to improve the game and to offer larger winnings.
Neubauer says when the game started in 1992 the jackpot started at $2-million and grew from there. Powerball determined they needed bigger jackpots to catch people’s attention.
Along with charging $2 for each ticket there are also changes within the game. They include doubling the starting jackpot, adding a one-million dollar cash prize given to those who match the first five numbers drawn and increasing the odds of winning.
Players will still select the first five numbers out of 59 possible but the number of options in the Powerball pool will go from 39 to 35.
Already there are grumblings from some former Powerball players who say the increase has put them out of the game for good. Powerball is played in 42 states.