Powerball Cutoff Time, Deadline: When is the Latest to Buy Ticket for $620 Million Jackpot?
There may be a Mega Millions jackpot winner but there’s still $620 million up for grabs in the Powerball drawing set for Wednesday night.
The last tickets were drawn Saturday night but there was no winner so the next drawing is set for Wednesday night. Drawings happen at 11 p.m. EDT when the six winning numbers are chosen.
Rules around the lottery vary from state to state slightly and the latest someone can buy a ticket is an hour or two before the drawing. In the Eastern time zone that means tickets are available before 9 or 10 p.m. EDT depending on the state. For those in California, the latest they could buy tickets is 7 p.m. PDT.
People who are in line when tickets stop being sold are not allowed to buy tickets. Those who wish to play have to have their tickets in hand when the lottery closes. Those tickets need to be purchased in person or directly from the state lottery online. “Lotteries may refuse to pay out prize money on Powerball tickets purchased on any website other than their own,” according to the Powerball website.
Anyone who wins can claim their winnings in the jurisdiction where they purchased the ticket. The jackpot can only be claimed at certain lottery offices because the amount is over $600. The amount of time winners have to claim their money varies depending on where they are. In some states, winners have as little as 90 days to claim their prize month while in others they have up to a year to claim their prize.
Winners can opt to get their prize money in installments or in one lump sum. The annual payments are paid out over 29 years after an initial payment and the lump sum is all paid at once. The winnings are subject to the income tax wherever the ticket was purchased, according to Powerball.
Winners won’t be contacted by email or phone by the lottery if they won. Any contact from the lottery is a scam unless there is a lottery contest going on. There is also no fee to collect the winning prize money and winners asked to pay a fee to collect are probably being scammed, according to Powerball.
The drawing is set for 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday.
How Late Can You Buy Powerball Tickets in California?
Plus, where are the luckiest locations in the state?
By Renee Schiavone , Patch Staff
Jan 13, 2016 3:52 p m PT | Updated Aug 23, 2017 5:04 p m PT
With the clock ticking, there are just hours left to purchase a Powerball ticket here in California.
Hundreds of thousands of people are testing their luck for the $1.5 billion jackpot, and if you want a (very small) shot at the prize, you better get to a lottery retailer before 7 p.m. PST.
And no, you can’t just have been in line by 7 p.m., as the state cuts off sales promptly at that time, and those left in line will be left without tickets. The drawing for the prize will happen just about an hour later, at 7:59 p.m. local time.
While you’re at it, if you are indeed buying a ticket or two, you may want to do so at a store with a “lucky” history.
The California Lottery has compiled a listing of stores throughout the state that have paid out big in the last year, dubbing them “lucky retailers.”
Click here to search for all California Lottery retailers. Click on ‘lucky retailers’ if you want to buy your ticket from a spot that paid out large amounts of prizes to players in the last calendar year.
HOW TO WIN POWERBALL:
The odds of winning the big prize are 1 in 292,201,338, according to MarketWatch. The service points out that the chances of being struck by lightning in any given year are 1 in 700,000.
According to the official Powerball website, the jackpot is won by matching all five white balls, in any order, and the red Powerball. But if you miss that coveted Powerball, you can still win a cool million dollars.
Any time you match the red Powerball, you win a prize. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 25. Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win.
WORLD’S LARGEST LOTTERY
“We’re calling it the world’s largest lottery at this point,” California Lottery Spokesman Russ Lopez told Patch on Monday— back when the jackpot was a mere $1.4 billion.
According to the representative, though the Spanish ‘El Gordo’ famously offers up billions of dollars in prizes, that game works differently in that no single person gets the entire jackpot.
“This is the largest game where you can win $1.4 billion with a single ticket,” according to Lopez.
Though the thought of winning of this massive jackpot can be exhilarating, Lopez also reminds anyone who plays to do so responsibly.
“I know it gets crazy . please play responsibly; play within your means, within your budget.”
(Patch photo by Renee Schiavone)
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