The price to play a Powerball ticket doubles starting Sunday. Tickets for the multi-state game now cost two dollars.
Those in charge of the lottery are gambling people are willing to pay more for the hope of becoming a millionaire in a down economy. Powerball is the big fish of the various lottery games and typically has some of the biggest payouts. Picking the right numbers will now have a bigger payoff: The starting jackpot is rising from 20 to 40 million dollars.
The move is a strategy to differentiate the game from mega millions, the other big money, multi-state lottery game sold for a dollar a ticket.