Powerball to lower jackpot during Covid-19 pandemic

Powerball to lower jackpot during Covid-19 pandemic
Mega Millions and Powerball cards (Source: WDAM)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - The national Powerball lottery game is going to have a smaller starting jackpot for the time being.

Starting with the next reset of the lottery, the guaranteed prize will start at $20-million instead of the traditional $40-million jackpot. The jackpot will also increase by $2-million instead of $10-million.

The changes are needed as some retail locations have closed or are operating under shorter hours due to shelter in place guidelines in many communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The current jackpot is an estimated $160-million. The drawing will take place Saturday. If someone wins, it will then reset to the new starting point. If there is no winner, it will continue to increase.

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