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Published January 01, 2012, 12:39 PM

Pricey Picks: Powerball Tickets Doubling to $2

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Get ready to pay more for Powerball: Ticket prices are going up to $2.

By: MICHAEL J. CRUMB, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Get ready to pay more for Powerball: Ticket prices are going up to $2.

Lottery organizers hope the price change will entice more people to play because jackpots are getting bigger and the odds of winning are improving.

The move is a strategy to differentiate the game from Mega Millions, another big-money, multi-state lottery game that sells for $1 a ticket. Both games are sold in 42 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. Both have drawings twice a week but are played on different nights.

Lottery officials say they are betting players will like the variety and changes made in the game. But some players say the price increase may keep them from playing as often or not at all.

The price change takes effect Jan. 15.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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