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What is Florida Lottery Powerball double play?

Florida Lottery Powerball double play is an exciting way for players in Florida to have a second chance at winning big prizes in the popular Powerball game. With double play, players have two sets of numbers for the price of one. One set of numbers is for the national Powerball draw and the other is for a separate Florida Lottery Powerball double play drawing held after the main draw.

Double play lets players have a second opportunity at winning some fantastic cash prizes with just a single Powerball ticket purchase. Some key questions about this new option in Florida Lottery Powerball are:

What are the basics of Florida Lottery Powerball double play?

Double play costs an extra $1 per play when purchasing a Powerball ticket. For that extra dollar, players get a quick pick set of numbers that are entered into a separate double play drawing held after the main Powerball drawing on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights.

The double play drawing chooses five white ball numbers from 1 to 69, just like the main Powerball game. However, the double play drawing does not include the Powerball number. The odds of winning a prize in double play are around 1 in 9.

What prizes are available in the double play drawing?

Double play has nine prize levels:

  • Match 5 white balls – $2 million
  • Match 4 white balls – $50,000
  • Match 3 white balls – $500
  • Match 2 white balls – $20
  • Match 1 white ball – $10
  • Match 0 white balls – $7

The prizes, especially the top ones, are significant but not quite in the range of Powerball’s multimillion dollar jackpots. The odds of winning some prize are about 1 in 11.7.

Can the same numbers be played in both the main Powerball and double play?

No, the numbers for the main Powerball drawing and the double play drawing must be different. When purchasing a Powerball with double play ticket, the lottery terminal will automatically generate a separate quick pick of numbers for double play. Players cannot manually select the same numbers for both drawings.

Do double play prizes have to be claimed separately?

Yes, any prizes won in the double play drawing have to go through a separate claims process from main Powerball prizes. Double play prizes can be claimed at any Florida Lottery retailer or district office and most prizes can also be claimed by mail. Prizes over $500,000 must be claimed at a district office.

When did double play start?

Florida Lottery Powerball double play launched in August 2021. It joined a handful of other state lotteries, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, and South Dakota, that offer a double play feature. The option adds extra excitement to Powerball tickets for Florida players.

How to Play Florida Lottery Powerball Double Play

Playing Powerball with double play in Florida is easy. Here are the key steps:

  1. Purchase a Powerball play slip from a lottery retailer and mark the Double Play box on the slip.
  2. Choose whether to play your own numbers or do a quick pick and fill out the rest of the play slip.
  3. Give the completed play slip and an additional $1 for each double play (per Powerball play) to the retailer.
  4. The lottery terminal will print your Powerball ticket with a set of numbers for the main Powerball drawing and a separate quick pick set of 5 numbers for double play.
  5. Tune in for the Powerball drawing on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 p.m. ET to see if your main numbers win.
  6. Stay tuned after the main drawing to watch the double play drawing and see if your extra set of numbers wins a prize.
  7. Claim any winning double play prizes separately from main Powerball prizes.

Purchasing a Powerball with double play ticket takes just a few extra moments. The extra $1 gives players a whole new set of chances at winning cash prizes.

Powerball Double Play Drawings and Winning Numbers

Double play drawings happen after the main Powerball drawings on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights. Here is an overview of when and how the drawings are conducted:

Drawing Schedule

  • Monday drawings are at 10:59 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday drawings are at 10:59 p.m. ET
  • Saturday drawings are at 10:59 p.m. ET

The Saturday drawing is the biggest of the week, often with the largest jackpots. Make sure to buy tickets early on Saturday to secure a chance at winning before the 10:00 p.m. ET cutoff.

How the Drawings Work

Powerball and double play drawings happen using separate ball drawing machines at the Florida Lottery’s studios. For Powerball, 5 white balls are drawn from a drum with 69 white balls and 1 red Powerball is drawn from a separate drum.

The double play drawing only involves the 5 white balls. Just like in Powerball, 5 numbered balls between 1 and 69 are mixed in the drawing machine and then selected. The order of the 5 balls drawn is the official double play winning number combination.

Finding Winning Numbers

Winning numbers for both Powerball and double play are typically posted within minutes after the drawings at the Florida Lottery website. Players can also get winning numbers from local television and radio partners. The Lottery also has phone numbers to call for the numbers.

It is important to check double play numbers after the main Powerball numbers to see if a double play prize has been won. Don’t throw away the ticket until confirming the double play numbers too!

Odds of Winning Florida Lottery Powerball Double Play

Double play offers excellent odds of taking home a prize compared to Powerball. Here are the odds breakdowns:

Powerball Odds

Prize Level Odds
Jackpot 1 in 292,201,338
Match 5 + PB 1 in 11,688,053.52
Match 5 1 in 11,688,055
Match 4 + PB 1 in 913,129
Match 4 1 in 36,525
Match 3 + PB 1 in 14,494
Match 3 1 in 579
Match 2 + PB 1 in 701
Match 1 + PB 1 in 91
Match 0 + PB 1 in 38

Matching all 5 white balls or 5 + PB is incredibly rare. But lower tier prizes have more reasonable odds.

Double Play Odds

Prize Level Odds
Match 5 1 in 701,584
Match 4 1 in 2,765
Match 3 1 in 144
Match 2 1 in 26
Match 1 1 in 7
Match 0 1 in 6

The odds of winning some prize are around 1 in 11.7 for double play. Matching 2, 3, or 4 numbers is common. Odds this good provide frequent winning experiences.

Top Reasons to Play Florida Lottery Powerball Double Play

Here are the top reasons players should give Powerball double play a shot on their next ticket:

Two chances to win for $1 more

Double play delivers a quick pick set of numbers for just an extra $1 per Powerball play. It’s doubling the opportunities to take home a prize for very little extra cost.

Prizes from $7 up to $2 million

Nine prize levels in double play offer great variety in winnings. Smaller prizes let players win back the cost of the ticket while a 5 number match means an instant $2 million.

Excellent odds compared to Powerball

A 1 in 11.7 overall win probability is outstanding compared to Powerball’s long odds. Lower tier matches are common.

Drawings 3 nights a week

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays all have a Powerball and double play drawing. This gives players more chances throughout the week.

Plenty of ways to play and win

Pick your own numbers or do quick picks for Powerball and double play. There are numerous combinations that could deliver a prize.

Double play only increases the Florida Lottery Powerball excitement. For just $1 more, each Powerball ticket turns into two chances at scoring a win. Check Double Play numbers after every drawing for a whole extra opportunity to come out ahead!

Winning Florida Lottery Powerball Double Play Strategies and Tips

Use these strategies and tips to boost your odds of winning a Florida Lottery Powerball Double Play prize:

Go with Quick Picks

Letting the computer randomly pick your double play numbers is the easiest option. Trying to manually pick numbers doesn’t change the probabilities.

Take Advantage of Lesser Known Prizes

Focusing too much on just the jackpot is mistake. Having 2, 3, or 4 matches can net you $10 to $500. With double play’s odds, these smaller prizes are realistic expectations.

Join an Office Pool

Combining money with a group of coworkers, friends, or family can increase your share of tickets. More tickets equals more chances of multiple people winning smaller prizes or even the jackpot.

Use Important Dates

Rather than picking random numbers yourself, use birthdays, anniversaries, ages of loved ones, and other meaningful numbers. Even if they don’t win, the numbers will be more fun to play.

Check Every Ticket Carefully

It’s easy to assume your numbers didn’t win and throw away a ticket. Thoroughly checking the numbers can reveal a prize you initially missed. Never toss a ticket before confirming it didn’t win.

Sign the Back of the Ticket

Signing the back of the printed ticket is important for claiming any prizes. It establishes ownership of the ticket if lost or stolen.

Join the Players Club

Join the Lottery’s Players Club to enter tickets into promotional second chance drawings. Losing tickets can still win prizes through these drawings.

Have Fun and Dream Big!

Approach playing double play with a light attitude. The small chance of winning is part of the enjoyment. Thinking through how you’d spend a jackpot is part of the experience!

Claiming Florida Lottery Powerball Double Play Prizes

Claiming a double play prize takes just a few easy steps. Here is the process:

Sign the Winning Ticket

Sign the back of the winning printed ticket. This proves the ticket is yours and identifies you as the rightful recipient of any prizes.

Complete a Claim Form

Fill out an official Lottery claim form, which can be found on the Florida Lottery website. Supply personal information to verify identity and eligibility.

Visit a Retailer or District Office

For prizes up to $600, take the winning ticket and claim form to any Florida Lottery retailer. They can validate the ticket and pay out the amount owed.

Claim by Mail

Prizes up to $250,000 can be claimed by signing the ticket, filling out the form, and mailing both to the address below. You will need copies of your photo ID and social security card too.

Florida Lottery Headquarters
Claims Processing
250 Marriott Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32399-9939

Claim Large Prizes at District Office

For prizes over $250,000, you must visit a Lottery district office in person to turn in the winning ticket and claim form. An appointment is required. Offices are located in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Tallahassee.

Claiming a Florida Lottery Powerball double play prize really is straightforward. Just sign the ticket, fill out the form, and then collect your winnings!

Florida Lottery Powerball Double Play FAQs

Check out answers to frequently asked questions about Powerball’s double play add-on:

How much extra does Powerball double play cost?

Double play costs an additional $1 per Powerball play. So a $2 Powerball ticket becomes $3 total.

Can I play the same numbers for both Powerball and double play on one ticket?

No, you must have different number selections. The lottery system automatically generates a quick pick set of numbers for double play.

Do I need to choose double play when I buy a ticket?

Yes, you must ask for Powerball with double play to get a ticket with a double play set of numbers. Say you want to “add double play.”

When are winning numbers drawn for double play?

Double play drawings happen after the main Powerball drawings on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights.

How late can I buy a Powerball double play ticket on drawing days?

Tickets can be purchased until 10:00 p.m. ET on drawing nights. Make sure to buy tickets by 9:00 p.m. to have time for the ticket to print.

How long do I have to claim a winning Powerball double play prize?

Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing date.Tickets expire after this 6 month timeframe.

Where can I watch the Powerball and double play drawings?

Drawings are televised locally in Florida. You can also livestream drawings at the Florida Lottery website.

Can I win both Powerball and a double play prize with one ticket?

Absolutely! Having two sets of numbers gives you two chances at winning. One ticket could have a big Powerball match and prize, and also win a double play prize.

How often do Powerball double play drawings occur?

Drawings happen after the Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday night Powerball drawings. So there are three double play chances per week.

Double play multiplied the chances to win Powerball prizes without having to buy separate tickets. The add-on puts two opportunities for a jackpot or cash prize in each player’s hands. Take advantage of this exciting option to amplify the fun of America’s favorite lottery game!