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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Lottery is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With fewer people playing, Lottery officials announced Wednesday that the Powerball starting jackpot will reset to $20 million instead of $40 million,  after the next grand prize jackpot is awarded. Also, the minimum increase between drawings will be $2 million instead of $10 million.

If the $160 million top prize is won in Saturday's drawing, the jackpot will reset to a guaranteed $20 million (annuity) for the next scheduled drawing, with minimum jackpot increases of $2 million between drawings. 

Jackpots for Mega Millions are not affected, but that game is considering a similar move. Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is at $107 million. 

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