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. ]]>