If you are a lottery player in The United States of America, there is good news for you. You now have a wider option of games to play. That's because the two biggest lotteries in the country have merged, in a sense. Whereas prior to January 31st, 2010, states that sold tickets for Powerball and Mega Millions games were mutually exclusive, they are not any more. Now, each state that sold either of the two games, has the option of selling both. That's great for consumers as they now have more options.
If you are reading this, you probably want to know which American states sell Powerball lottery tickets. As February of 2010, you can buy the tickets in the following states (In alphabetical order):
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. As well, you could also buy tickets in the US Virgin Islands.
The above list can grow as there will probably be even more states participating in the future.
All of this means that more people will have access to the game, meaning that there will be more ticket sales. That is predicted to have the effect of causing the size of the jackpots to grow at a faster rate. It is also predicted that, with more people playing, there will be more winners; that means that, while the jackpots will grow faster, they won't get as high as people are used to seeing them get. So we probably won't be seeing $300 million jackpots any more. But that's OK because even a few million dollars is completely life-changing.
But don't forget that even foreigners can play the game. That means that even more people will have access to tickets, especially Canadians that live close to the U.S. border. For example, someone living in southern Ontario, which borders New York, probably has never purchased a Powerball ticket. That's because New York only used to sell Mega Millions. Now, they will be able to play the Powerball lottery if they want to cross the border and get a ticket.