LITTLE ROCK, AR - Changes are coming to the Powerball Lottery's Power Play option that will mean more money for some players.
There's no change to how the game is played or the cost of a ticket, just the addition back into the game of a varied Power Play multiplier from a fixed Power Play prize.
The random Power Play multiplier drawing will be held during each Powerball drawing to select either a 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X multiplier number that will increase the non-jackpot prizes by the multiplier number selected for that drawing (the Jackpot prize will not be multiplied and the Match 5 prize will go to a fixed $2 million prize with the Power Play option).
The selection of the Power Play option will remain an additional $1.00 per play and the Powerball ticket will remain at $2.00 per play.
Starting with the drawing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, the current set prize Power Play option will return to a random multiplier option using 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X.
Dates: Sales for the updated Power Play option will begin on Sunday, Jan. 19. The first drawing with the modified Power Play will be Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Powerball®: Nothing will change with the base Powerball game.
Power Play®: The Power Play option will still cost $1 extra per play. The multipliers (2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X) will be drawn.
Prizes: Non-jackpot prizes will be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, or 5 with Power Play. The Match 5 + 0 prize with Power Play will be fixed at $2 million.
Playslips: There will be new Powerball playslips that include the updated information for Power Play on the back. The old playslips will still work.
Multi Draws: When sales begin for the new Power Play option on Jan. 19, players can once again purchase up to 20 multi draws on a ticket.
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