Whenever the Powerball jackpot reaches a record level, the amount of the jackpot
prize is limited to increases for each draw of no more than $25 million. The
prize money collected in excess of the maximum $25 million increase, will be placed
into the Match 5 Bonus prize pool and will accumulate until there is a jackpot
winner. When there is a jackpot winner, the Match 5 Bonus prize pool will be
divided equally among all winners of the Match 5 prize. The prize will be paid in
one cash lump sum.
The Match 5 Bonus prize is in addition to any Power Play prizes that may be won.
The Match 5 Bonus prize is not multiplied. A Match 5 winner who also played the
Power Play option will win the original $200,000, the amount paid under the Power
Play multiplier option, and the new Match 5 Bonus effective bonus prize. Consider
the following scenario: A player matches the five white numbers, another player
hits the jackpot by matching all five white numbers plus the red Powerball, MUSL
draws the Power Play number "4", and there is $385,000 available for each Match
5 winner as an additional Match 5 Bonus prize for the drawing. This player would
then win $200,000 (the original Match 5 prize) + $600,000 (the extra monies created
from the Power Play) + $385,000 (the actual Match 5 Bonus) for a total of $1,185,000.
Put another way, the player has his $200,000 prize multiplied by 4, and then he also
receives the additional $385,000 Match 5 Bonus prize.
Although it is unlikely, it is possible that no Match 5 winner will exist for a drawing
where the jackpot is won and in where a Match 5 Bonus Prize pools exists. In this case,
the Match 5 Bonus prize pool will be paid out to the Match 4+1 winners.