Powerball Affected by Coronavirus

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Ramesh Apte

Editor-In-Chief, Ramesh

Last updated on 4th November 2020

Published: 27/03/2020

Categories: News

Powerball Jackpot Decreased Due to Coronavirus

I don’t think anyone can say that they are unaffected by the coronavirus and the Powerball lottery is no different.

Since the Coronavirus entered American lives have changed much like in the rest of the world.

Even though Powerball is an international lottery game available online the majority of its tickets are sold through vendors in the USA.

With lockdowns and self-quarantine, fewer players have bought lottery tickets at their local gas station or convenience store.

Lottery sales online though have increased but not enough to cover the decreased retail sales.

The Powerball Product Group, who is in charge of the lottery game, have therefore decided as a precautionary measure to decrease the starting jackpot amount to $20 million.

Previously the starting jackpot was at $40 million.

The rollover jackpot will also be reduced to $2 million instead of the regular $10 million.

Currently, the Powerball jackpot is at $160 million and will not be affected by the new rules. They will take place after the present jackpot is won.

Tickets purchased through lottery agents such as TheLotter will be affected immediately by this new rule.

Future Consequences

It is still unclear if lottery bookkeepers will follow the same development as the Powerball lottery or if they will continue offering the same jackpot prizes.

As purchases at the top-ranked online lottery sites have only increased since Covid-19 I think they will keep their current structure offering you the same and even better jackpots.

If actors like Lottoland decide not to decrease the jackpot amount it means that you can get bigger Powerball jackpots at lottery bookkeepers than through the actual lottery!

Not much is known about the future and therefore not much is known about coming consequences.

Mega Millions have said that they have started internal discussions on whether or not to follow Powerballs lead or if they will continue to offer their regular jackpot amounts.

Until then you can still play Powerball and Mega Millions as usual with the same rules as before.

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