Powerball Set for Changes in August 2021

Powerball Set for Changes in August 2021

Changes are coming to Powerball from August 23rd, 2021, with a third weekly drawing being introduced and one state set to leave the game. Find out more about the upcoming changes.

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New Monday Drawing

The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which oversees the organization of Powerball, has announced that the number of drawings per week will be increasing from two to three.

The new draw day will be Monday, starting from August 23rd. Drawings will also continue every Wednesday and Saturday.

It is the first time that the draw schedule has ever been changed in Powerball history. Winning numbers have been selected twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, since the game was launched on April 22nd, 1992.

Powerball to End in Idaho

Idaho is set to leave Powerball on August 23rd due to concerns that the game may soon be expanded into other countries.

Idaho is one of the states to have participated in Powerball since it began, but current laws do not allow residents to take part in lottery games outside of the United States and Canada.

While Powerball is only available in 45 states, plus Washington D.C, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico at the moment, there may potentially be new international participants following foreign interest.

A bill was put forward in Idaho to change the state law so that the game could continue, but it has been rejected by the House State Affairs Committee.

Jeff Anderson, director of the Idaho Lottery, said:  “This is a big jackpot game, so players like to have big jackpots. One of the ways to do that is to have more players in the game."

“What we've got is 32 years of Idahoans being able to participate voluntarily in a lottery game of their choice.  Thirty-two years it's been OK, now it's not. It's very troubling.”

The Idaho Lottery confirmed after the vote that Powerball remains available in the state at the current time, and that work will continue with legislators to ‘determine an alternative path forward’.

Stay up to date with the latest Powerball Numbers every Wednesday and Saturday before the Monday drawings start in August, and keep your eyes out for more news about the changes.

Page Last Updated: 11/03/2021 10:40:40