I got a really good question here on the blog yesterday that I’m turning into its own blog entry because other people have likely wondered the same thing.
A blog reader named Florence sent this comment: “I am confused concerning the Power Play on the Powerball game. I always pay extra & get the Power Play, too. Twice now I have had
the Power Play. On Saturday, June 7th, it was 2 and last night it was 5. I took the ticket in to have it checked, and it said ‘ticket not a winner.’ Why pay extra for the Power Play if you receive nothing?’”
Good for Florence for trying something new! If you’ve wondered about the Power Play®, too, here’s the 411 on it: It’s an option in the Powerball® game that costs an extra $1 per play. The Power Play multiplies any prize you win except the jackpot.
For the Power Play to kick in, you first have to win a prize in a Powerball drawing. If you win a prize and you've added the Power Play option to your play, your prize will be multiplied by the Power Play number in that particular drawing.
Here are a couple examples:
Let’s say you’ve added the Power Play to your ticket but you didn't win a prize. In that case, nothing more happens – you didn't win anything, so there’s no prize for the Power Play to multiply.
But let's say that 1.) You win a $100 prize by matching four of the first five numbers selected, 2.) you have the Power Play on your ticket, and 3.) the Power Play number that comes up is 4. Your initial $100 would be multiplied by 4, so you’d ultimately win a $400 prize because you added the Power Play option!
We also cover this topic in our "How To Play" video for the Powerball game, if you’re more of a visual learner. Click here to see that video.
There are similar multiplier options in the Mega Millions® and Hot Lotto® games as well. In Mega Millions, it’s called the Megaplier® and in Hot Lotto, the option is called the Sizzler®.
Good luck with your lottery tickets and we hope to see you claim a big prize soon!