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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.

When Do Stores Stop Selling Powerball Tickets in Illinois?

Saturday’s winners in Illinois snagged their lucky tickets at 15 different stores. Maybe you’ll get lucky with a late ticket on Jan. 13.

By Morgan Searles , Patch Staff
Jan 12, 2016 5:08 p m CT | Updated Jan 13, 2016 9:17 p m CT

Just how late can you wait today to buy a ticket for the largest Powerball jackpot ever? The winning numbers for the estimated $1.5 billion jackpot up for grabs tonight will be selected at 9:59 p.m. Central time Wednesday, Jan. 13. A lump-sum payout for the winner is worth $930 million before taxes.

In Illinois, ticket purchases through the lottery website stop about three hours before the draw takes place. But if you buy tickets in person at a store, the cut-off time depends on each retailer, according to the Illinois Lottery.

Generally, most Illinois lottery ticket dealers stop selling tickets one hour before the drawing — 8:59 p.m.

What will the Powerball jackpot be if nobody wins? Saturday’s Powerball jackpot would be $2 billion, with a $1.24 Billion cash payout. That would be more than a $1 billion increase in a week.

The data analytics website FiveThirtyEight estimates 1.008 billion total Powerball tickets will be sold, which translates to a 97 percent chance of at least one winner.

Data curated by FindTheData

Players can also purchase their tickets online at illinoislottery.com or at nearly 8,000 retailers statewide.

Though no one picked up a cool $949 million in the Jan. 9 Powerball drawing, 15 lucky lottery players in Illinois won $50,000 by matching four out of five numbers and the Powerball number.

The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 16 – 19 – 32 – 34 – 57 with Powerball number 13.

No one in the state won a $1 million payout, meaning no one in Illinois matched five numbers without the Powerball.

Recent Winning Ticket Sellers in Illinois

According to the Illinois Lottery, the following retailers sold the $50,000 prize-winning tickets.

  • Pizza Pros, Dekalb
  • 7 Eleven, Arlington Heights
  • Speedway, Homer Glen
  • Paralyzed Veteran of America, Chicago
  • HyVee Food Store, Sycamore
  • Colonial Liquors, Des Plaines
  • Par A Dice, East Peoria
  • 95th Mart Citgo, Chicago
  • Oak Park Gas Mart, Oak Park
  • Star 7 Liquor, Naperville
  • Speedway, Schaumburg
  • Thornton Gas, Oak Lawn
  • Caseys, Rock Falls
  • Freedom Oil, Lexington
  • Plano Liquors, Plano

Saturday’s Powerball tickets in Illinois reportedly won more than 633,000 prizes, from $4 to $50,000.

As of Tuesday evening, the Jan. 13 Powerball jackpot reached $1.5 billion, which is the largest, single-prize lottery jackpot in world history.

When Do Stores Stop Selling Powerball Tickets in Illinois? – Oak Park-River Forest, IL – Saturday's winners in Illinois snagged their lucky tickets at 15 different stores. Maybe you'll get lucky with a late ticket on Jan. 13. ]]>