Powerball Changes

Powerball lottery will become harder to win with bigger jackpots

Those who are dreaming of striking it rich with the Powerball lottery are going to find that dream even harder to achieve. Lottery officials are announcing plans to add two more numbers to the field of possible choices. That will make the jackpot harder to predict, and result in fewer winners who would receive larger prizes.

Starting in late August, Powerball players will pick numbers between one and 55. The field for the Powerball itself won't change -- that will remain a number between one and 42. Lottery officials say they're also raising the starting jackpot from ten  million dollars up to 15 million. The odds of winning Powerball will decrease to one in 146  million from one in 120 million.

Powerball is played in 27 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.