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Powerball winning will be tougher next year

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It will be tougher to win the Wisconsin Lottery's Powerball jackpot in the New Year. But it will be easier to win at least something.

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Four white regular numbers will be added starting Jan. 4, for a total of 59. And three red Powerball numbers will be removed, for a total of 39.

That will toughen the odds of winning the jackpot from one-in-146 million to one-in-195 million.

The idea is to create larger-and-faster-growing jackpots.

But the odds of winning any prize will drop from 1-in-37 to 1-in-35. Officials say it will create about three-million more winners.

And there should be more millionaires because the Power Play multiplier will automatically be 5 for those who match all five regular numbers but not the Powerball.

That prize is normally $200,000, and it's multiplied for those who buy the extra Power Play option. The multiplier will not change for other prizes.

When somebody wins the jackpot it will go back to $20 million instead of $15 million.

Florida will join Powerball next month. That will bring to 31 the number of states and jurisdictions which play the game.

There's a drawing tonight, with a jackpot of $50 million.

To help make the changes, the game's multi-draw option has been temporarily reduced.

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