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US Powerball’s Power Play Option to Change In 2014

25 Nov 2013

US Powerball is due to change its rules in January 2014, turning its Power Play option to a random multiplier (x2-x5) determined during the draw.

What is the Power Play Today?

The US Powerball offers players the option to add Power Play on their tickets for an additional cost. Currently, the Power Play increases the amount of money won in all categories, except for the jackpot, by fixed amounts in the following manner:

Divisions

Match

Payout per Winner

Power Play - Current Payout

Current Multiplier

 

1 Prize

5+PB

Jackpot

Jackpot (Unchanged)

None

2 Prize

5

US$ 1,000,000.00

US$ 2,000,000.00

x2

3 Prize

4+PB

US$ 10,000.00

US$ 40,000.00

x4

4 Prize

4

US$ 100.00

US$ 200.00

x2

5 Prize

3+PB

US$ 100.00

US$ 200.00

x2

6 Prize

3

US$ 7.00

US$ 14.00

x2

7 Prize

2+PB

US$ 7.00

US$ 14.00

x2

8 Prize

1+PB

US$ 4.00

US$ 12.00

x3

9 Prize

0+PB

US$ 4.00

US$ 12.00

x3

The Upcoming Change: January 2014

The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has announced that it will be re-introducing the Power Play as a random multiplier, allowing all non-jackpot and non-Match 5 prizes (i.e. Prize divisions 3-9) to be multiplied by either x2, x3, x4, or x5, a number that will be pulled as part of Powerball's Wednesday and Saturday draws.

What Will Remain the Same?

  • Match 5’s prize will remain doubled under Power Play ($2,000,000 instead of $1,000,000) as it is today

  • Jackpots will remain unaffected by Power Play and will not be multiplied

  • The cost of tickets and the cost of the Power Play option will remain unchanged

  • The odds of winning the US Powerball jackpot or any of its secondary prize categories will not be affected

Previous Powerball Changes: January 2012

The last time the US Powerball has seen major rule changes was in January 2012, where starting jackpots were increased from $20 million to $40 million, and a minimum increase of $10 million was introduced for rollovers. Smaller prizes also saw some improvement with those changes, as the overall odds of winning improved from 1 in 35 to 1 in 32, the match 5 prize increased from $200,000 to $1 million, and the prize for guessing the Powerball alone increased from $3 to $4.

This is yet another move in the ongoing tug-of-war between the two leading American lotteries, the Mega Millions and US Powerball, as they battle to win over the American lottery fan. By introducing this change to the Power Play mechanism, the Powerball Power Play is now on par with Mega Millions’ Megaplier option (covered here) in terms of both pricing and reward. And as these giants battle for supremacy, offering better odds, better deals and bigger prizes, the future seems bright for the true winner here - the lotto fan!