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Powerball Double Play

Double Play is an additional Powerball game that is available in some states, giving you another opportunity to win prizes alongside the main drawing. Double Play puts up a jackpot of $10 million every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Double Play was launched in August 2021 in the following jurisdictions: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington.

How to Play

If Double Play is available in your state, it couldn’t be simpler to take part. All you need to do is select the Double Play option on your playslip to be entered into the second chance draw. Here are some more points you need to know about the game:

  • The cost of entry is an additional $1 per play
  • You don’t pick a different set of numbers for Double Play
  • You can’t play Double Play as a standalone game. It is only an add-on to Powerball
  • Double Play entries do not include Power Play

The numbers you select for the main Powerball drawing are also entered into the Double Play drawing that takes place on the same night. The Double Play draw works in the same way as the main draw, with five numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26 selected at random. It is held shortly after the main drawing.

Double Play Prizes

Just like the main Powerball game, there are nine different ways to win prizes in Double Play based on how many numbers you match. In fact, the Double Play payouts are worth more than the equivalent Powerball payouts for six of the nine prize levels. For example, if you match the Powerball on its own without any of the main numbers, you win $7 in Double Play compared to $4 in the main draw.

The Double Play jackpot is $10 million and you win by matching all five main numbers and the Powerball. This stays as a fixed amount in every drawing, even if nobody wins. If there are multiple winners, the jackpot is split between them.

The following table shows the prizes available in Double Play, along with the corresponding prizes for the main drawing. The odds of winning are the same for both draws.

Prize Level Double Play Payout Main Draw Payout Odds
Match 5 + PB $10 million Jackpot 1 in 292,201,338
Match 5 $500,000 $1 million 1 in 11,668,054
Match 4 + PB $50,000 $50,000 1 in 913,129
Match 4 $500 $100 1 in 36,525
Match 3 + PB $500 $100 1 in 14,494
Match 3 $20 $7 1 in 580
Match 2 + PB $20 $7 1 in 701
Match 1 + PB $10 $4 1 in 92
Match 0 + PB $7 $4 1 in 38
The overall odds of winning a Double Play prize are approximately 1 in 24.9

You can win prizes in both Double Play and the main draw with the same set of numbers. For example, if the same Powerball is selected in both draws and it matches up with the one on your ticket, you are guaranteed to receive at least $7 and $4.

Cash or Annuity

Unlike the main draw, the value of the jackpot in Double Play is a non-annuitized figure. If you win the jackpot, you receive a cash lump sum worth $10 million, subject to state and federal taxes. The advertized jackpot in the main draw, by contrast, is an annuitized amount and you can then choose whether to take the money over 29 years or as a cash lump sum.