National jackpot game expands to three nights a week, adds new way to win
Powerball is getting bigger and better starting Aug. 23! The national jackpot game is expanding to three nights a week and launching a new add-on option called Double Play, providing additional chances to win.
Beginning Aug. 23, Powerball drawings will be held Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights Aug. 23 also marks the debut of Double Play drawings. For an additional $1, your Powerball ticket will be eligible for a second drawing where the top prize is $10 million and the remaining prize tiers offer larger payouts than Powerball.
Double Play drawings will occur Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights approximately 30 minutes after the Powerball drawings. Double Play is an optional feature for Powerball, so players must purchase a Powerball ticket or subscription in order to add it. It will not be possible to purchase Double Play tickets or subscription independently from the Powerball game. See our Double Play frequently asked questions for more information.
The $1 Power Play option will remain available, allowing players to multiply all Powerball prizes except for the jackpot. However, the Power Play multiplier will apply only to the Powerball drawings, not to Double Play drawings.
For Powerball players who buy their tickets at retailers, the change to three drawings per week required a temporary drawdown in the availability of advance-play tickets. But it is now once again possible to purchase up to 15 Powerball drawings.
Maryland Lottery App users should make sure that their app has been updated in order to see listings of Double Play winning numbers and to create Powerball ePlayslips that include Monday drawings and the Double Play option.
Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2, and prizes range from $4 up to the jackpot. Double Play prizes will range from $7 up to $10 million. Powerball drawings are conducted in Tallahassee, Florida and are broadcast at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV in Baltimore.