Powerball officials are betting larger jackpots will attract more people to the gameGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- But gamblers are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to try their luck at winning.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- But gamblers are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to try their luck at winning.
You might call Nicky Bergman a regular when it comes to playing Powerball.
Nicky Bergman; “Every week, Twice a week.”
The attraction to this game is simple.
Bergman. " All the money you can win on it."
But Bergman and others will see the price of a ticket doubling to 2 dollars, starting January 15th.
Pete Knopp is a supervisor at the East Grand Forks Holiday Station. He says powerball is a big seller.
Pete Knopp / Holiday Station Store: "It's usually on the drawing days that we sell the most but constantly ever day "
Knopp hasn't heard a lot of complaints about the price hike. "
Knopp: “There has been a lot of questions of when it is going into affect and what are the benefits. "
The two dollar ticket will come with less numbers to pick. Down from from 39 to 35. Giving players a better chance of winning more money sooner.
Knopp: " Starting at 20 million now it will be 40 million starting off. Chances of winning larger prizes and smaller prizes are going to increase. "
Thats not good enough for Mark Watkins who plays the lottery weekly. He says he is done with Powerball.
Mark Watkins / Will Not Play Power Ball : "Where is your incentive if your going to pay two dollars. One dollar no problem. You buy five tickets for five dollars, now it's going to be 10 dollars. "
As for Bergman she says will continue to take her chances.
Bergman: “It will be OK I might not play I might not play twice a week but i will still play.”
So how much better will the odds be of winning the jackpot? They will go from 1 in 192 million to 1 in 175 million.
42 states voted to raise the price. North Dakota fought the hike, worrying it would cut sales by more than one-third.