10X Gives Powerball Players Chance to Win Bigger Prizes
DENVER – Back by popular demand – the Powerball 10X promotion returns for a second straight year. For only a few short weeks, Powerball players have a chance to multiply their winnings by 10, excluding the jackpot.
During the month of April, a ‘10’ will replace a ‘5’ on the Power Play wheel. Players, who pay the extra dollar for the Power Play option, will have a chance to multiply their winnings by 10 when the wheel lands on that spot.
“The promotion was so popular last year that we’re bringing it back,” said Peggy Gordon, director of the Colorado Lottery. “This is the one time each year that players can win up to $2 million without even hitting the jackpot.”
Players automatically win $200,000 when they match five of the six numbers. If the Power Play lands on ‘10’, the prize amount jumps to $2 million.
Sales for the 10X promotion will begin on Sunday, April 1, with the first drawing on Wednesday, April 4. If the ‘10’ is not hit by April 28, 2007, it will stay on the Power Play wheel until it is.
Last year, Colorado had a 20 percent increase in Powerball tickets purchased with the Power Play option. Participation ranged from 42 to 47 percent during the 10X promotion.
The Power Play wheel normally contains 16 slots with four spots for each of the numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5. Winnings, excluding the jackpot, are multiplied by the number on which the wheel stops. During this promotion, one ‘5’ will be replaced by a ‘10’, so the chance of landing on the ‘10’ will be one in 16.
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Scratch, Lotto, Powerball, and Cash 5 – stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state by providing grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.8 billion has been returned to the state.