Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Powerball Favorite Makes a Return

After an absence of two years, the US Powerball "Power Play" multiplier feature has been reinstated as off today, and with tonight's jackpot estimated at $131 million there has never been a better time for lottery-loving punters to Power Play their tickets for the chance of an increased prize.

By investing a further $1, and adding a Power Play to their ticket, Powerball players have the chance of multiplying their prize—in the event of a win—by 2X, 3X, 4X, or even 5X, depending on which multiplier is drawn.

The Power Play multiplier option makes its return following the second anniversary of the new Powerball game that offered fixed amounts for Power Play prizes. Many Powerball players will see this reversal in policy as a change for the better and will welcome the return of the much-loved feature that can increase a $100 win into a $500 win and a $10,000 prize to a much more respectable $50,000.

Powerball tickets will continue to cost $2. Adding the multiplier option will bring the price up to $3, and no changes will be made to the game's odd or number matrix. Jackpot and "Match 5" prizes are also unaffected.

From tonight's draw onwards, the Power Play multiplier will be randomly selected during each Powerball draw (Wednesdays and Saturdays at 22:59 EST).