NYLON – The still-unclaimed New York State Lottery’s Powerball jackpot has now broken the state record by snowballing into a whopping $800 million for Saturday’s drawing.
According to a press release from the NYS Gaming Commission, the jackpot amount has doubled in the past three days, sailing past the previous record for biggest Powerball in the U.S., $590.5 million. Players can now pay an extra dollar to increase their chances to win, called ‘Power Play.’
“For just a dollar more, players have a new level of excitement when the drawing occurs,” said Gardner Gurney, Director of the Division of the Lottery. “While an $800 million jackpot is certainly unprecedented, Power Play gives the opportunity of turning $3 into $2 million or even $200, which is also a pretty neat trick.”
Power Play allows a winner to potentially double, triple, quadruple, or even quintuple the lower-tier prize amounts by paying an additional dollar. The extra dollar also automatically boosts the prize of matching all five numbers from $1 million to $2 million.
The specific multiplier value is determined at random just before the actual Powerball drawing.
For jackpots of $150 million or less, ‘Power Play’ players could even increase their chances of winning by 10 times.
A player must choose the ‘Power Play’ option when they buy their Powerball ticket.
The Gaming Commission said earlier that the increase in the jackpot is due to fever-pitch sales across the country since Christmas.
For all Lottery games, the New York Lottery urges players to follow this ticket safety checklist:
Check before leaving the store to ensure you have the correct ticket(s) and all corresponding receipts.
Never hand a lottery ticket to anyone without knowing how much it’s worth. (If you have to give a ticket to anyone to assess its value or collect winnings, sign the ticket first and always keep your ticket in view.)
Use the ticket checker now available at all retail locations statewide to determine if you have a winning ticket before handing it to a store clerk for payment.
Check your numbers against the Lottery’s official winning numbers posted at more than 17,500 retail locations statewide, in newspapers and online at nylottery.ny.gov.
Read the back of your ticket(s) to learn about alternative methods for claiming your prize (e.g. visit your regional Lottery customer service center or mail it in). Keep all Lottery tickets in a safe, secure place as the Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
All Lottery Instant Game prizes must be claimed within one year from the announced end of game.
All prizes for a Lottery drawing must be claimed within one year from the date of the drawing.
Notify the Lottery immediately if you think your ticket has been mishandled.
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