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Dec 09, 2013
Attention Powerball fans: Multiplier is coming back! Winning tickets win larger prizes with Power Play

A familiar feature of the Powerball game is set to make a comeback, beginning with the January 22 drawing. The Power Play Multiplier gives players the chance to increase the amount of a winning ticket, for the price of $1.

Here’s how it will work: a separate drawing will select a Power Play number from 2 through 5. That’s the Multiplier. All Powerball prize amounts in that drawing except for the jackpot and second-tier prizes will be increased by the Multiplier amount. If, for example, the Multiplier 5 is drawn, a ticket that would have won $100 without Power Play becomes a $500 winner. A ticket that would have won $7 without Power Play becomes $35 with that Multiplier of 5.

The prizes for matching the first five numbers remain the same exciting amounts: $1 million without Power Play and $2 million if the player spent that additional buck for Power Play. The price of a Powerball ticket (without Power Play) remains $2.

“Powerball has been hot in Virginia, and we expect the return of Multiplier to bring even more fun and excitement for our players,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery.

Since the beginning of 2013, Powerball players in the Commonwealth have won 10 $1 million prizes, a $2 million prize and a $217 million jackpot.

Powerball players in Virginia and across the nation will see the change in tickets bought beginning January 19. Advance tickets with Power Play will not be available between December 12 and January 18.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.  

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Dec 01, 2017
A million-dollar lottery ticket in her husband’s backpack

Rosa IbarraRosa Ibarra was cleaning out her husband’s backpack when she found a Hot Millions Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery. To her surprise, the ticket was a $1 million winner.

The ticket had been given to him by a friend, and he tossed it in the backpack after scratching it, thinking it was a joke. But it was no joke, the ticket really was worth $1 million. Since she found it and realized what it was worth, her husband told her to keep it.

Ms. Ibarra and her husband, who live in Avalon, Texas, were in Virginia for his work in construction. Their big win came just in time to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Virginia.

The ticket was bought at Wawa, 8800 Brook Road in Glen Allen, which receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket. Ms. Ibarra had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $561,798 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

Hot Millions Multiplier (game #1616) is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4,000,000. Ms. Ibarra is the first player to win the $1 million prize in game #1616, which means two more remain unclaimed. In addition, two $4 million top-prize tickets also remain unclaimed.

The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize in Hot Millions Multiplier are 1 in 3.0.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  The winning ticket was bought in Henrico County, which received more than $20.4 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts,