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Published January 15, 2012, 09:04 PM

Playing powerball got more expensive but sellers aren't too concerned

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The price to play powerball just got more expensive. But ticket sellers aren't too concerned.

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The price to play powerball just got more expensive. But ticket sellers aren't too concerned.

Each play is now two dollars and players can add Power Play for another dollar. It's an effort to have bigger jackpots, better odds, and more winners.

The starting jackpots will double from 20-million dollars to 40-million. The overall odds of winning any prize improves with four fewer numbers in the Powerball pool. You can win one million dollars, matching five white numbers.

Jacob Bashor with Demers Interstate Cenex says, "most of them, they were kind of hoping to get their tickets before the price went up because I'm sure they think of it as just, you know, a higher price. But I think it will be good because it will better their odds and they'll win more so they'll be coming in more often I think."

There are now clerk coupons. Clerks get a ticket to win prizes in a separate weekly drawing each time they sell a power play add on.

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