Feeling lucky? It will cost you more in 2012
The Multi-State Lottery Association, which owns and operates Powerball, says the changes will allow them to offer larger prizes and supposedly better odds of winning.
According to state lottery officials, your odds of hitting the jackpot will improve to one in 175 million, as opposed to the current odds of 1 in 195 million.
“We believe those who play Powerball in North Carolina want to see bigger jackpots and prizes and want a better chance at winning them. The result of these changes should be a more popular game and consequently a better return for education in North Carolina,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.
Since May of 2006, the Powerball game has produced total sales of $1.13 billion in our state, of which $422 million was paid out as prizes to players with another $453 million going to education programs.
A 2010 story by N.C. Policy Watch’s Sarah Ovaska found that the poorest counties lead our state in per capita lottery sales. Statewide, the per capita average is just over $200 for every adult North Carolinian.