2001-03-08 09:23:27.917


An extra $1 brought 465 Missouri Powerball players five times the usual prize amount in last night’s drawing, the first with the new Power Play feature. The Missouri Lottery will pay out an additional $195,711 to those players, including one player who selected Power Play and matched enough numbers to increase the usual prize of $5,000 to a prize of $25,000. "Those people who played Powerball using Power Play are going to be very happy they did," said Scott White, on-line product manager for the Missouri Lottery. Lottery records show one winner, who matched all numbers except the Powerball on a ticket purchased in Missouri, did not select the Power Play option. That player will receive $100,000 instead of $500,000 that he or she would have won if the Power Play had been selected. A second player in Iowa also failed to use the option to multiply their $100,000 prize. Power Play, which went on sale Sunday, is a new promotional feature to the popular Powerball game. For an extra $1, players have the chance to multiply winnings up to five times the original amount, with the exception of the jackpot. At the beginning of each Powerball drawing on Wednesdays and Saturdays, a wheel is used to select the Power Play "multiplier" number to determine how many times those prizes will be increased. For more information on the new Power Play feature or how to play Powerball, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com.

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