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It just got harder to win a Powerball jackpot

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-08 09:52:16-04

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot got worse this week. 

The Gaming Commission in New York oversees the Multi-State Lottery Association and has changed the lottery's rules to take 4 percent less of the jackpot from its total budget, according to Time.com.

A player's chances of winning the jackpot now? One in 292,201,338.

The new odds will be set through an increase in the numbers to choose from in the first set to 69 (a player selects five of these numbers). It was previously at 59.

The second set decreases from 35 to 26, and players choose one number in this set.

The change is designed to increase chances of winning smaller prizes, Time.com reported.

 

Lottery sales totaled $74 billion in the U.S. in 2014.

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