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October 04, 2021


Hi, David. Double Play is a new feature added to Powerball by some lotteries that sell the game. There are 48 lotteries that offer Powerball as a product and 13 of them added the Double Play option starting in August. We are not offering that feature here in Iowa, as the timing of its go-live date did not work in our project timeline. If you are in a state where you can buy the Double Play option for an extra $1 per play, here is how it works: A separate Double Play drawing is held after the Powerball drawing each night. The numbers from your Powerball ticket are also good for the Double Play drawing. Hence the name, because you play the same set of numbers twice. The top prize in the Double Play drawing is $10 million and there are smaller prizes available as well. If we add the Double Play option at some point in the future here in Iowa, we will notify our players about that.

Is double play available in Iowa and how exactly does it work?

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