What Are Powerball Power Play and Double Play?
You've probably heard about the Powerball Power Play multiplier and the new Double Play add-on; both offer the chance to win more using your Powerball numbers. However, if you're not exactly sure what these options are, you've come to the right place for an explainer! On this page, learn how the Powerball lottery add-ons work, how to add them to your ticket, and how much you could win.
Power Play is an optional add-on for your Powerball ticket that increases any non-jackpot prizes won by up to 10 times, according to the Power Play number that's drawn. If you're lucky enough to win any prize below the jackpot, Power Play will multiply your win. A separate Power Play number is drawn every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday night.
In order to use Power Play, you will need to add it to your ticket at the time of purchase. The cost is an extra $1.00 per play. The Powerball top prize starts at $20 million, then rolls over and increases with each draw until someone wins it. Check the current Powerball jackpot for the next draw.
For a full breakdown of the game's nine prize tiers, visit the Powerball prizes and odds page. The iconic lottery has a $1 million Match 5 second-tier payout if your numbers match all five white balls drawn.
Power Play FAQs
Do you need Power Play to win the jackpot?
No. Power Play does not affect the jackpot and is not required to win it. To hit the jackpot, you must match all six numbers drawn: the five white balls plus the red Powerball. If you added Power Play to your ticket, it does not increase a jackpot win; Power Play only multiplies prizes below the jackpot.
How much do you win if you get the Powerball with Power Play?
If you've added Power Play to your ticket and only match the red Powerball number, Power Play will increase the value of the prize by up to 10X, according to the Power Play number drawn.
How does Power Play work with Match 5?
Power Play always doubles the Match 5 second-tier prize for matching all five white ball numbers. Power Play increases Match 5 from $1 million to $2 million, irrespective of which Power Play number is drawn.
Power Play Numbers
The Power Play number drawn may be 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x. The 10x multiplier may only be drawn when the top prize is below $150 million.
The table below shows the Power Play numbers, the chances of each multiplier being selected, and an example of the effect on a Match 4+1 prize of $50,000.
|Odds||1 in 1.79||1 in 3.31||1 in 14.33||1 in 21.5||1 in 43|
|Impact on $50,000 Match 4+1 Win||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
Power Play in Idaho
Idaho is the only Powerball jurisdiction to make Power Play a standard feature of a Powerball ticket, rather than an add-on. Since August 23, 2021, Power Play is automatically part of any Powerball ticket purchased in the Gem State. It is not possible to remove Power Play from your ticket. Reflecting this change, the price of a ticket also increased to $3.00.
Double Play is a Powerball add-on introduced in August 2021 that offers a top prize of $10 million and is available from select lotteries. The cost is $1.00 more per play. A separate Double Play draw is held on the same nights as Powerball (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday) and the same numbers you chose for Powerball are used for Double Play. A variety of great cash payouts are up for grabs, and players are eligible to win prizes in either or both the Powerball and Double Play draws.
Currently, 13 lotteries offer the Double Play option: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington.
In the future, more jurisdictions may choose to sell Double Play. If you'd like to try Double Play but don't live in one of the areas that offers it, you can add it to your Powerball ticket the next time you're visiting one of the 13 lotteries listed above.
How to Check Power Play and Double Play Numbers
It's easy to check your Powerball tickets online and see which Power Play and Double Play Numbers came up in the most recent draws by using the Powerball Checker.