Jan. 16, 2014 – For the Powerball drawing next Wednesday, Jan. 22, the game’s optional Power Play multiplier will return to a drawn multiplier much like the one now drawn for Mega Millions.
Powerball officials announced in October that the Power Play multiplier would be changing, and players may have noticed that their advance play options have decreased steadily in the weeks leading up to the change.
Following the next drawing, Saturday, Jan. 18, Powerball players who choose to add Power Play to their tickets will have a chance to multiply their winnings as much as five times the normal prize value with the new Power Play.
Just like Mega Millions’ new Megaplier, the re-introduced Power Play multiplier will be drawn after the winning numbers each Wednesday and Saturday.
The potential Power Play multipliers will range from two to five, and, the same as before, will only affect non-jackpot prizes. However, the “Match 5” prize – Powerball’s second prize for players who match all five white numbers – will not be multiplied by Power Play.
Players who added Power Play to their tickets and win the Match 5 second prize will win an automatic $2 million – the same prize they would win with the current Power Play multiplier.
All ofther non-jackpot prize amounts will be affected by the new Power Play, meaning the highest third prize players can win will be worth $50,000, the highest fourth prize available will be $500, and so on.
The best part about the upcoming changes? The price of a Powerball ticket will remain at $2, and Power Play will still cost just $1 extra.