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.