BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Powerball is adding a third weekly drawing and a new feature called Double Play that will allow players in jurisdictions including Maryland another chance to match their numbers.
“America’s jackpot game is picking up the pace to keep up with player demand – going from two drawings a week to six, if you include Double Play,” May Scheve Reardon, Powerball’s product group chair and the executive director of the Missouri Lottery, said in a statement. “Players have let us know they want to play for bigger jackpots and cash prizes, and we want Powerball to deliver on their expectations.”READ MORE: More Than 1,000 Students In Quarantine In Anne Arundel County; County Executive Supports Vaccine Mandate For All Students
Both new additions go live Aug. 23. The Monday drawing joins the Wednesday and Saturday drawings. Double Play allows players another chance to match their numbers in a separate drawing with a top cash prize of $10 million. The feature costs $1 per play.READ MORE: Residents & Business Owners Question The Future Of The Inner Harbor's Gallery Mall
Officials believe adding the third drawing will result in bigger and faster-growing jackpots.
The Power Play add-on feature will remain available for $1 per play.MORE NEWS: Shortage In COVID Testing Kits Driving Up Lab-Based Demand
The odds and set cash prizes for Powerball are not changing. The odds of winning anything on a $2 ticket are 1 in 24.87. The odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The odds of hitting the jackpotPrizes range from $4 to the jackpot.