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On Monday, the Powerball Product Group announced the launch of a new add-on feature, which will be offered only in a few states, when it launches its third weekly draw, starting from Monday, August 23.
The newly announced feature is called Double Play, which will give its players another chance to match their Powerball numbers in a second drawing with a top cash prize of $10 million but only in a few jurisdictions.
The Powerball Product Group Chair and Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon said that America's most popular jackpot game is picking up the pace to keep up with the player demands, going from two drawings a week to six, if Double Play is added. According to him, it is the players’ feedback and expectations for bigger jackpots and cash prizes that have led to the introduction of such features by Powerball.
As per the press release, put out by the multi-state lottery, players only in 13 jurisdictions will have the ability to add the newly announced Double Play feature on their Powerball ticket, for an additional $1 per play. The lucky jurisdictions include Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington.
The Double Play feature can be offered in additional states also, only if the other state lotteries choose to offer it. Regardless of this, all 48 U.S. lotteries will sell tickets for the new Monday night drawings.
The Powerball Product Group Anticipates that the addition of the Monday drawing will result in larger and faster-growing jackpots. The Group also expects to see an increase in the number of cash prizes and jackpots awarded on an annual basis.
The new Monday drawing is scheduled for August 23, 2021, at 10:59 PM ET. The odds of winning the lottery prizes will remain the same, even after the addition of the third drawing. The Power Play option that multiplies your non-jackpot prizes will be available for purchase in all the states except California for an extra $1 per play.
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