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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.

Australia Powerball Lotto FAQs

Playing Australia Powerball Lotto is relatively easy, here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. To learn more visit the Australia Powerball Lotto and Australia Powerball Lotto results pages.

  • When does the Australia Powerball draw take place?
  • What time do Australia Powerball ticket sales close?
  • How do I win playing Australia Powerball?
  • Can I play Australia Powerball if I do not live in Australia?
  • If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?
  • How old do I have to be to play Australia Powerball?
  • Are winnings on the Australia Powerball taxable?
  • What are the odds of winning a prize on Australia Powerball?
  • Does the Australia Powerball have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
  • Does the Australia Powerball have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
  • What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Australia Powerball?
  • When is the next Australia Powerball draw?
  • What does the Australia Powerball jackpot currently stand at?
  • How much does it cost to buy an Australia Powerball ticket?

Question: When does the Australia Powerball draw take place?

Answer: Australia Powerball draws take place at 9:30pm (AEDT) on a Thursday night.

Question: What time do Australia Powerball ticket sales close?

Answer: Ticket sales stop at 8:30pm (AEDT) on the night of a draw and reopen shortly afterwards for the next draw.

Question: How do I win playing Australia Powerball?

Answer: Prizes are awarded on Australia Powerball for matching a minimum of two main balls and the Powerball. In order to win the Division 1 prize, you must match all seven main numbers and the Powerball.

Question: Can I play Australia Powerball if I do not live in Australia?

Answer: Players from outside of Australia can join in the excitement by using a safe and secure online concierge service. They will purchase a ticket on your behalf, scan it and send it to you and ensure that your winnings are paid into your online account.

Question: If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

Answer: In the Northern Territory, Victoria and Tasmania you will have six months from the date of the draw to claim your Australia Powerball prize. If you bought a ticket in Western Australia or Southern Australia you will have 12 months from the date of the draw. In New South Wales, all Australia Powerball prizes must be claimed within six years of the draw date. Check with your local state lottery if you are unsure about the deadlines for claiming a prize.

Question: How old do I have to be to play Australia Powerball?

Answer: You must be 18 or over if you want to take part in Australia Powerball.

Question: Are winnings on the Australia Powerball taxable?

Answer: Winnings from Australia Powerball are tax free within the country, but if you are playing from overseas then it is best to take advice on tax liabilities in your country.

Question: What are the odds of winning a prize on Australia Powerball?

Answer: You have a 1 in 44 chance of winning a prize on Australia Powerball. The odds of winning the Division 1 prize are 1 in 134,490,400. To see a full list of the potential prizes and odds of winning in each Division, visit the Australia Powerball Prizes page.

Question: Does the Australia Powerball have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

Answer: Australia Powerball jackpots begin at AU$3 million and can rise quickly through rollovers.

Question: Does the Australia Powerball have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: The Australia Powerball jackpot can roll for a maximum of 25 draws, which can lead to impressive nine-figure amounts.

Question: What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Australia Powerball?

Answer: The biggest jackpot ever seen on Australia Powerball was AUD $150 million, which was won on 19th September 2019 by three lucky ticket holders. Two of the winners were from Queensland and one was from New South Wales.

Question: When is the next Australia Powerball draw?

Answer: Your next chance to play for an Australia Powerball jackpot is Thursday 26th November 2020.

Question: What does the Australia Powerball jackpot currently stand at?

Answer: The next Australia Powerball jackpot is AU$20,000,000

Question: How much does it cost to buy an Australia Powerball ticket?

Answer: A single ticket costs AU$1.70.

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