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Associated Press, Published July 05 2011

Powerball ticket price goes from $1 to $2 in January

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The price of Powerball lottery tickets will double next year.

Lottery officials say ticket prices will go from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 15. The starting jackpot will also double, from $20 million to $40 million.

A slight rule change will also go into effect that raises the chances of winning.

The first five numbers still will be picked from a pool of 59, but the Powerball number will be chosen from a pool of 35 numbers instead of 39. That means the odds of winning a prize will be 1 in 31.8. The current game produces a 1-in-35 chance of winning a prize.

Powerball is played in Minnesota, Wisconsin and 40 other states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.