RI Lottery Set to Debut Redesigned PowerBall Game on Sunday

Saturday, October 03, 2015


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Rhode Island Lottery has announced and is set to debut changes to the PowerBall game. The changes are designed to create big jackpots and significant prizes.

Changes include a jump up to $50,000 for the game's prize for matching 4 numbers and the Powerball number, and players will have a chance to multiply most winnings by up to 10 when the jackpot is $150 million or less.

“PowerBall has been revamped several times in its 23-year history to continue to deliver the big jackpots people expect from the game, but also give players the chance to win other significant prizes. Our latest changes are designed to continue that trend and build in several new features," said Rhode Island Lottery Director Gerald Aubin.

Sales in the new look game will begin on Sunday, October 4th and the first drawing will take place on Wednesday, October 7th. There will also be changes to both sets of numbers.

Players will choose their first five numbers from  a set of 69 white balls and their PowerBall from a pool of 26 red balls. PowerBall is hoping that these changes will see an increase in winning any prize and a better chance to win the jackpot.


Since it's inception in 1992 in 15 states with jackpots starting at a guaranteed $2 million, PowerBall has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games.

In Rhode Island, eight players have won the jackpot with $336.4 million being the largest jackpot ever won by a Rhode Islander.

PowerBall drawings will continue to be held at 10:59 p.m. eastern on Wednesday's and Saturdays.


Related Slideshow: Rhode Island’s Biggest PowerBall Winners

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8th: Antone Cordeiro

$7.7 million
Drawing date: August 10, 1994
Winner’s hometown: New Bedford, MA
Where he bought the winning ticket: Guimond Farms, Tiverton
Winning numbers: 2, 11, 20, 27, 44, PB 16

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7th: Timothy Paine

$30 million
Drawing date: August 26, 1995
Winner’s hometown: Cranston, RI
Where he bought the winning ticket: Cranston Liquor Store, Cranston
Winning numbers: 3,12,30, 31, 45, PB 19

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6th: Donald Pierce

$33.8 million
Drawing date: April 20, 1996
Winner’s hometown: Narragansett, RI
Where he bought the winning ticket: Geaber’s Liquors, Warwick
Winning numbers: 2, 8, 10, 29, 32, PB 40

*Pierce split jackpot with winner from Virginia

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5th: Edith Scrivani

$45.5 million 
Drawing date: October 31, 1998
Winner’s hometown: Providence, RI
Where she bought the winning ticket: Brooks Maxi Drug, Johnston
Winning numbers: 17, 33, 34, 37, 42, PB 8

*split with winner from Wisconsin

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4th: Kathleen Last

$60 million
Drawing date: March 7, 2012
Winner’s hometown: Smithfield, RI
Where she bought the winning ticket: Quickets, Smithfield
Winning numbers: 12, 35, 45, 46, 47, PB 12

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3rd: Michael Goulden

$93.5 million
Drawing date: February 1, 2001
Winner’s hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Where he bought the ticket: Li’l General, Pawtucket
Winning numbers: 4, 10, 32, 39, 45, PB 25

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2nd: Sheila Botelho

$151.9 million
Drawing date: November 28, 2007
Winner’s hometown: Swansea, MA
Where she bought the winning ticket: Warren Mart, Warren
Winning numbers: 8, 23, 32, 37, 39, PB 38

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1st: Louise White

$336.4 million
Drawing date: February 11, 2012
Winner’s hometown: Newport, RI
Where she bought the winning ticket: Stop & Shop, Newport
Winning numbers: 1, 10, 37, 52, 57, PB 11


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