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Drop in sales mean Powerball jackpots will get even smaller

Powerball Product group announced it would decide new jackpots and increases prior to each drawing.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018 file photo, Powerball lottery tickets are printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store, in Chicago. Lottery jackpots are going to shrink as the coronavirus pandemic tamps down lottery sales. The group that oversees the Powerball game announced Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that it would cut minimum jackpots in half, from $40 million to $20 million, after there is a winner of the current big prize. The jackpot also could grow more slowly, with minimum increases of $2 million instead of the normal $10 million after each twice-weekly drawing. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh File)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Look for Powerball jackpots to get even smaller as the new coronavirus keeps more people at home, not out buying lottery tickets. 

It was only last week that the Powerball Product Group announced it would cut guaranteed jackpots in half and reduce the minimum amount the big prize could grow between drawings. On Thursday, the organization said it would toss out even those guarantees and instead decide new jackpots and increases prior to each drawing. 

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The leaders of Mega Millions, the other national lottery game, haven't said if they will make similar changes to that game.