Powerball to bring back Power Play multiplier in January

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If you’re a Powerball player who likes to Power Play your ticket, you’ll see a change in January when the random multiplier prize feature returns.

Currently, if you choose a Power Play option and win, you get a fixed prize amount for all prizes but the jackpot. But beginning with the Jan. 22 drawing, your winnings, except for the jackpot and Match 5 + 0 prizes, will be multiplied by 2, 3, 4 or 5, whichever number is chosen randomly during the drawing.

We hope that will be good news for North Carolina Powerball players who told us they preferred the multiplier feature to the fixed prizes.

You’ll see no change in prices. A Powerball ticket will continue to cost $2 and purchasing the Power Play option will remain an additional $1. You’ll also see no change in the matrix, the range of numbers that can be chosen for the five white balls or the red Powerball. The prize structure for a $2 Powerball ticket remains the same, but some Power Play prizes will change because of the return of the multiplier feature.

Players who buy multi-draw tickets with Power Play should pay attention to the change in the prize structure. The tickets they buy for drawings from now through the Jan. 18 drawing will pay prizes based on the current prize structure of the game.  Those bought now for drawings beginning on Jan. 22 will be based on the new prize structure. You can see the current and new prize structures for lower-tier prizes here.


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On 6/19/2015 10:29, Anything said

I hope someone invests in this site to improve feedback and comments. I could not find where to leave feedback so I just picked a blog and here goes. Previously, once you entered your ticket online the system would inform you had a winning ticket. When you changed to allow for entry of winning and non-winning tickets online, the notification went away. I would like to see it come back as it is double check for me. I missed some in the past and the system told me and I was able to cash the ticket in. I hope the lottery did not do that in hopes that they could keep the money in hopes you miss some along the way.

On 4/27/2015 11:21, Player said

i had 450 entrtres in x the cash still lost hmmm is it scam it or sacn it scam it oh scan it. well don't matter im going to hit the poweball ; /

On 12/29/2014 08:16, Player said

I have a losing All or Nothing ticket and every time I try to enter lucke-Reward entry code, it says entry not recognized. I have encountered this issue several times. The character looks like a open bracket. Sample: 903[X. I sent help desk a copy of the ticket about 3 months ago. Never heard back from them. That was my second request.Lucke-Zone RepliedNot sure, and sorry to hear about your frustration. Try technical customer service at 855-767-1863 and let us know if you get it worked out.

On 12/10/2014 03:50, roshunda said

Where does the money show when you win on line? I won $1.00 twice on the cash five and I have not seen my winnings. I charged the charges to my visa for 14 plays, as well as other games. Thanks!

On 10/22/2014 09:32, rockalot said

I have a losing power play ticket and every time I try to enter it says entry not recognizedLucke-Zone RepliedAll draw game tickets, win or lose, are eligible for rewards points; so its possible that you're not seeing one of the letters or numbers correctly; you can report the problem to technical support by clicking the HELP link and filling out an ONLINE SUPPORT form.

On 9/16/2014 12:07, tasorrell said

IF you were to be one of few Lucky ones to win one of the drawings on Lucke-zone where does the email come from stating that you have won? Lucke-zone or NCEL? What appears in subject line? Any idea when winners from 9/10/14 drawings will show? why not show winners then contact?Lucke-Zone RepliedE-mail notifications are typically sent within 48 hours of a drawing. But sometimes, for staffing reasons, it can take longer. In any event, we can only announce a winner's name after he/she responds AND completes the claim process, which can take days or weeks. We will share the info as soon as we can.

On 7/06/2014 07:09, sandy777 said

I have entered my scratch off tickets. what do I do with these points? I have read on the site and it seems I need to do something with these points in order for my tickets to be in the drawing. someone please help me with this.Lucke-Zone RepliedPlease call 855-767-1863 for technical customer service

On 6/21/2014 04:08, Player said

the lottery is one big damn fraud. I have spent hundreds of dollars on the online games and only have useless tickets to show for it. I have entered several drawings on here and havent won yet. It;s frustrating to spend your hard earned money and get no joy from it. They dont care as long as you are feeding them your money to fill their greedy pockets. I am through with this fraudlent scheme thats cost me money and happinessLucke-Zone RepliedIf you are unhappy when you play, you should not play. Lotteries offer no guarantee of winning anything, only a chance to win, which takes luck. Most tickets don't win prizes, that's what makes it possible to have the chance to win more than you spend. We wish you the very best.

On 6/16/2014 11:59, davidkeith said

Of course, good answer. I would of given the same response.

On 6/12/2014 07:22, davidkeith said

I wonder if any of the sore losers, who make sour comments to the lottery on this blogged, who enter ever game played,with numerous tickets, who won prize packs in the past before making several comments about the way this lottery is played. Is it possible the NCEL would LOCK OUT THEIR NAME, from the computer picking their name,a computer can be told to do anything. Just asking.Lucke-Zone RepliedNot possible. The drawings are conducted using a random number generator, under the supervision of an auditor, according to specific security procedures.

On 4/21/2014 12:23, Joe said

Has anyone won the cash5 jackpot through subsciption service? Lucke-Zone Replied Not so far, but subscription players have the same chances as everyone else!

On 4/09/2014 03:50, Player said

on drawing days...what time are the drawings? Lucke-Zone Replied Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

On 2/23/2014 08:52, ded said

I'd like to know if the changes made to Powerball and MegaMillions over the past year have resulted in more profit for the lottery or less. Have people been driven away by the increase in price in one case and the increase in available numbers in the other? I know I've reduced the number of times I play and the number of tickets I buy. I thought both games were fine the way they were, quite honestly, and I'd personally like to see them return to the old formats.

On 2/20/2014 11:18, flavah73 said

For some reason I can not enter any of my tickets from last week. Pick 3,4,Powerball and Mega Millions are all saying 'entry not recognized" I double checked to ensure they weren't winners. Is there a problem I am unaware of? Lucke-Zone RepliedCould you call our technical customer service to explain the issue? 855-767-1863

On 2/16/2014 12:14, Marko said

I have been entering 2nd chance drawings since Sept,,,But No Luck, Can Lottery Commision SHOW How many Times a Winner has entered a drawing to WIN,,,Should Show How many Points A winner Wagered to Win ??? Lucke-Zone RepliedLucke-Rewards drawings are random drawings... having even just one entry in a drawing gives you a chance to win. Making more entries gives you more chances to win. But, as with all things in the lottery, it comes down to luck! Good luck!

On 12/31/2013 03:27, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (MAMIE1908) Sorry you are having trouble entering your tickets for reward points. Please call our helpline at 1 855-767-1863. We post the names of winners in Lucke-Rewards drawing as soon as they claim their prizes. You can see a list of those who won prizes in December drawings by going to the Lucke-Rewards section of this website and clicking on the Winners tab. Good luck to you.

On 12/31/2013 12:53, Player said

Can not enter the rewards bonus point There is a problem with the site of trying to enter. who are the winners for the month of December for the drawings. Never understands how the drawing are picked.

On 12/01/2013 12:08, franklin said

10X is a good game but I have'nt won on it yet I bought 5 in a row and did not win anything

On 11/19/2013 09:40, Lucke-Zone said

@ SANDON - How many entries individual Lucke-Zone members make into particular drawings is not public information, it would be up to other members to tell you how many entries they've made. Good luck!

On 11/18/2013 12:57, DBOYS2014 said

how many entries has one person have for the playstations

On 11/07/2013 10:00, Lucke-Zone said

@ AL - Any way you pick your numbers playing Powerball, you always have the same chances of winning a prize. The more sets of numbers you have for a drawing, the more chances you have to win. But keep in mind it takes a lot of luck to beat the odds! You can review the odds and how to play on the POWERBALL page on our website.

On 11/07/2013 06:56, Al said

like to know how to increase your chance of winner, thank you

On 10/31/2013 11:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ LBROWN - Thanks for the feedback. The information is displayed that way in an effort to make it clear that Power Playing does not multiply jackpot winnings. But we appreciate your point of view and maybe the next time brochures are printed, there is a way to make it more clear.

On 10/31/2013 11:23, Lucke-Zone said

@ MICHAEL924 - The lottery attempts to notify winners of drawings within 48 hours, first at the e-mail address associated with their Lucke-Zone account. If we don't hear back, we attempt telephone and then certified mail. Whether or not a winner has been notified has to do with the winner responding, not the lottery's effort to do so.

On 10/31/2013 11:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (PONYMAN) + @ GUIDETTE - What is public information about lottery wins is not a lottery policy, it's North Carolina law. The four pieces of public information are: Winner's name, hometown, game played & amount won.

On 10/30/2013 10:32, Guidette said

I agree with the previous comment - the "winners" should have the choice to remain anonoymous.

On 10/30/2013 09:50, Player said

Lottery Winner's should be able to keep their name anonymous due to robberies which have already taken place after their information was released to the public for safety reasons player's should have a choice.

On 10/30/2013 09:24, Player said

It is very difficult to win on scratch off tickets

On 10/30/2013 08:55, etten said


On 10/30/2013 07:02, tony said

i love the multiplier come back

On 10/30/2013 02:25, michael924 said

Question on the weekly $1000 drawing. No name was listed nor did site state "winner notifed" for the drawing held on Oct 23rd? Why?

On 10/30/2013 02:24, smiller said

Recreator powerball uswd to have this feature not to long ago, back then powerball was $1 and a power play was $2

On 10/30/2013 09:33, LBrown said

The new and the old prize structure charts make it look like if you Power Play for the $3 ticket, you would never win the jackpot...

On 10/30/2013 09:03, Kennethr40 said

that goods news just maybe i may get lucky

On 10/30/2013 08:40, Player said

Like the move to times 2-5, but Mega has that and their premium ticket is only $2, so I get 2 chances for a dollar more than Powerball.

On 10/30/2013 08:33, Lucke-Zone said

@ SKITZAM - A special Powerball promotion is going to send some lucky winners to the Pro Football Hall of Fame! You can copy & paste this link into your browser for all the details:

On 10/30/2013 08:32, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (BJEANK) - We'll have a "First Tuesday" preview blog for you here in the Lucke-Zone soon!

On 10/29/2013 09:01, Player said

Can the NCEL post the new scratch tickets.How many new scratch coming out the first Tuesday.

On 10/29/2013 08:08, Player said

I personally play the multiplier in mega millions and have less winnings than anything. I play cash 5, power ball and mega millions every drawing. $ a bit much. I play where I can draw the most -to-a point.I would really like a law passed where winners can remain can remain anonymous.There are those out here , if they be known be big money winners their life could be at risk.As long as taxes are payed , should be all required, Some towns are so small everyone knows everyone else. I know many states are already allowed to remain anonymous.Please and thank you.

On 10/29/2013 07:20, LBrown said

I like change, but the only real change I want to see is a "win!!" :-)

On 10/29/2013 07:19, Skitzam said

What does "1 Powerball Hall of Fame Entry" mean when I enter the second chance drawing?

On 10/29/2013 06:30, Sandy said


On 10/29/2013 05:14, The Recreator said

Thank you so much for the New Feature !!! We've been waiting on this !!!!!!!!!!

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