I emailed the lottery commission.
Here is the message:
In 2012, the rules were changed to help generate bigger jackpots. The price of tickets were raised to 2 USD, the jackpot starting point was at 40 Million with minimum rollover of 5 Million.
Now what we have is a lower jackpot and lower rollover than in the past but the same price of 2 USD. With these changes, it will not surprise me if the powerball game ends up not generating sales. If the lottery commission is going to take away all the justification for the 2012 price increase, then it should also reduce its price. Using covid as an excuse is garbage and people see right through it.