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Even the lottery is feeling a financial pinch amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There will no longer be a guaranteed Powerball starting jackpot amount or minimum jackpot increase between drawings, the Powerball Product Group announced Thursday.
Gregg Mineo, chairman of the group and director of Maine Lottery, said the changes are necessary in order to ensure that ticket sales can continue to cover the jackpot and lower-tier cash prizes.
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“Our number one priority is making sure that the Powerball game can continue to assist lotteries in raising proceeds for their beneficiaries,” Mineo said in a news release.