Economic fallout and changing consumer behaviors caused by the global pandemic have caused the Multi-State Lottery Association to lower the minimum Powerball jackpot amount from $40 million to $20 million, with a guaranteed $2 million rollover between drawings.
According to Gregory Mineo, Powerball Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director, “Powerball players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders or recommendations from their governors or mayors, which have affected normal consumer behaviors. Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, we are making proactive changes to continue to offer the world’s premier lottery product.”
The current Powerball jackpot is an estimated $160 million, and the next drawing will be held on March 28, 2020. At the time of this article’s publishing, Mega Millions had not announced any changes to their guaranteed starting jackpot of $40 million. The current Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $107 million.
Players who are confined to their homes or are choosing to shelter in place are still able to play their favorite lottery games with the Lottery.com app.
The original version of this notice was initially published here.