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Back By Popular Demand, Power Play® Number Will Again Be Chosen As Part Of Powerball® Drawings

Change Will Debut With Drawing On Wednesday, Jan. 22

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Back by popular demand, a Power Play number will again be chosen as part of the drawings in the Powerball game.

Beginning with Wednesday's drawing, a multiplier number will again be selected in Powerball drawings, and that number - known as the Power Play - will increase the amount that players can win at seven of the game's nine prize levels by 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X.

"This design for the Power Play option is something our players have let us know they really enjoy," said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. "We're happy to give Power Play this make-over."

The change means that a separate drawing will again be performed to select the Power Play number, and it will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5. For those players who have purchased the Power Play option, all prizes except the jackpot and the Match 5 prize will be multiplied by the Power Play number selected. The prize for matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball will continue to be $2 million if the Power Play option is purchased. And the Power Play multiplier does not apply to the game's jackpot.

Powerball tickets will continue to cost $2 and the Power Play option can be added for an additional $1 per play.

The change will return the Power Play option to the way it was selected until two years ago.

When $2 Powerball debuted in January 2012, the Power Play was changed. It has still increased several of the game's prize levels, but the amount that the prize multiplies has varied by prize level.

For example, those who currently match only the Powerball and have added the Power Play option to their ticket see their prize triple from $4 to $12, while other prizes currently double or quadruple with the Power Play.

Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today it's sold by 45 lotteries across the country (43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands). And the biggest jackpot in the game to date was a $590.5 million prize won in May in Florida.

Powerball players choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59 and a separate number - the Powerball - from a separate pool of 35. Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow from there until they are won.

Drawings in the game are at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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