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Recent Changes Mean Powerball Is Even Harder To Win

A customer holds Powerball tickets that he purchased at Kavanagh Liquors on January 12, 2015 in San Lorenzo, California. Dozens of people lined up outside of Kavanagh Liquors, a store that has had several multimillion-dollar winners, to purchase Powerball tickets in hopes of winning the estimated record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A customer holds Powerball tickets that he purchased at Kavanagh Liquors on January 12, 2015 in San Lorenzo, California. Dozens of people lined up outside of Kavanagh Liquors, a store that has had several multimillion-dollar winners, to purchase Powerball tickets in hopes of winning the estimated record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Today there’s another drawing for the massive $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. Last fall, lottery officials were facing plunging ticket sales and made a rule change to make the Powerball harder to win – meaning the prizes would get larger.

According to the LA Times, the odds of winning the jackpot jumped from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses this record-breaking jackpot with Maggie Lake, anchor and correspondent at CNN.

Guest

  • Maggie Lake, Business anchor and correspondent for CNN International. She tweets @maggielake.
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