Jackpots now start at $40 million. The overall odds of winning a prize are improved to 1 in 31.8. The Match 5 prize improves from $200,000 to $1 million cash. The ticket price will also change, moving from $1 to $2.
Ohio joined Powerball on April 16, 2010. Since joining the multi-state game, Ohio has sold two jackpot winning tickets. Ohio's first Powerball win was for a $261.6 million jackpot sold June 2, 2010 in Sunbury, Ohio and claimed in trust. The second jackpot worth $97 million was won by a group of Chrysler paint shop workers who purchased their ticket in Curtice, Ohio. That jackpot was split with Montana.
Tickets in the game now cost $2 and the Power Play® multiplier feature will still be available for an extra $1 per play. For that extra $1, players have the chance to win $2 million cash for the match 5 prize.
Powerball drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information about Powerball and the Ohio Lottery please visit www.ohiolottery.com.