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This graphic depicts the winning Powerball numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Credit: Multi-State Lottery Association

Change is on the horizon for the PowerBall lottery.

Officials say they want to increase players’ chances of winning and create larger jackpots.

Starting October 7, the PowerPlay option will increase; you will be able to multiply your winnings 10 times.

Right now, you can only multiply your winning value by five.

Others changes should also increase the number of prize winners.

In PowerBall, the players selects five white balls and one red ball. The number of white balls is being increased from 59 to 69, and the number of red balls is being decreased from 35 to 26.

The set prize amount for the 3rd level for PowerPlay, which is now $10,000, will increase to $50,000.

That means more overall prizes will be distributed, but your odds of winning the jackpot will be tougher.

“We are excited about the upcoming improvements. The intent of the change is to raise more funding for lottery beneficiaries. For players, the change will make it easier to win a prize in the game; will increase participation at the lower jackpot levels; and will generate those larger jackpots that appeal to our players,” Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Lottery said.

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