Changes to tip the balance of Powerball winnings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Proposed changes to New York’s popular Powerball lottery are slated to take effect in October, but odds are frequent players won’t be happy.

New changes to the game would include increasing the numbers in play by 10, meaning those playing will pick from 69 numbers, rather than 59 numbers. That means the odds of matching all numbers will jump to one in 292 million.

The bright side is the chances of winning the smallest prize — the $4 winner — will increase.

Across the nation, 36 states participate in the Powerball lottery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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