I have been asked by several people to start a topic on the Powerball changes, so they can comment. Here it is. For those unfamiliar, here is a summary of the changes, from an email to retailers from Lotterywest:
More overall winners
We’re improving the odds of winning any prize from 1 in 78 to 1 in 44.
Bigger jackpots that customers love.
More Winning Numbers
The new Powerball game will draw 7 Winning Numbers from a barrel of 35 balls (numbered 1–35). The Powerball will still be drawn from a barrel of 20 balls (numbered 1–20).
New Prize Divisions
We’ll be adding a new Division 9 to the game, helping to increase the number of overall winners in every draw.
To help deliver more winners and big prizes, the cost of entry will increase by 25 cents per game (plus retailer commission).