May 1, 2010, 10:34 am
Starting today, May 1, lottery players across the United States purchasing Powerball tickets with the Power Play option will have a chance to increase their winnings by ten times.
Between now and May 29, the Multi-State Lottery Organization (MUSL) will replace one of the "5x" multipliers with a "10x" when drawing the Power Play number. The Power Play multiplier determines how many times non-jackpot prizes are multiplied for players who purchase the option.
Power Play costs an extra $1 per ticket.
If the special "10x" multiplier is not drawn by May 29, the "10x" will continue to stay in the drawing until it is eventually drawn.
Acting New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Steven Palmieri explained how it works.
"All a player has to do is to select 'Power Play' when they purchase their ticket," Palmieri said. "In a normal drawing for Power Play, there are four balls each for the 2x, 3x, 4x, and 5x multiplier levels. However, during the month of May — and longer than that, if a '10x' winner isn't selected before May 29 — one of those 5x balls will be replaced by a special '10x' ball, giving players a 1 in 16 chance that the special '10x' ball will be drawn during any draw."
Palmieri also noted that the '10x' promotion would not apply to top jackpot amounts. "Even though the '10x' promotion doesn't apply to the top jackpot prize, it is still going to turn an ordinary $3 winner into a $30 winner, and a second-prize, $200,000 winner into a winner of $2 million — and that's not a bad return on spending an extra dollar for Power Play."
"We've already had a Powerball winner in New Jersey, our sales of the game are going strong, and we're getting huge amounts of positive feedback from our players," Palmieri said.
Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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