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Changes coming for Powerball after slumping sales

After a year of slumping sales, lottery officials are changing their popular Powerball game to improve the odds of winning smaller cash amounts while making it harder to walk away with the jackpot, the head of the Montana Lottery said Friday. Montana Lottery financial reports released this month show income from Powerball sales dropped nearly 20 percent for the budget year that ended June 30. Other games such as Mega Millions, Wild Card, Hot Lotto and 10 Spot also saw declines. "With Powerball, it's an unpredictable game and a cyclical game," Montana Lottery director Angela Wong said. "Nationwide, across the board, Powerball has been down. Montana has fared better...