Powerball adjustments include $20 million starting jackpot, rather than $40 million starting jackpot


Changes in player participation due to the COVID-19 outbreak prompted the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Louisiana Lottery’s Powerball, to enact temporary game changes.

Powerball’s starting jackpot will be $20 million with minimum roll increases of $2 million between drawings. The starting jackpot was previously $40 million with roll increases of $10 million, according to Kimberly Chopin of the Louisiana Lottery.

“Even with the current jackpot steadily increasing, our Powerball sales — like other lotteries  around the country — have decreased due to consumer behavior shifts under stay-at-home orders as our state responds to the current health crisis,” Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson said.

The changes are expected to be temporary, according to Chopin.

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