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The Powerball Jackpot Just Hit $750 Million. Here’s the Deadline to Buy Tickets Tonight in Every State

The Powerball jackpot is now up to a whopping $750 million, and the next drawing is tonight. It’s the biggest lottery jackpot of 2019 so far, and if someone has all of the Powerball winning numbers it would represent the fourth-highest lottery jackpot of all time in the U.S.

Bear in mind that the odds of winning Powerball are unlikely, to put it mildly. To win the Powerball jackpot, you must have all five white numbers (between 1 and 69) and the red Powerball number (between 1 and 26) correct. The odds of having all of the winning Powerball numbers on your ticket are 1 in 292 million.

Still, there are many other ways to win a Powerball prize of some sort. You’ll win $1 million if you have all five winning white balls but not the red Powerball, for example, and you’d win $50,000 by getting four white balls and the Powerball correct.

Most importantly, you can’t win Powerball if you don’t buy a ticket in time for the latest drawing. Each Powerball ticket costs $2, and the deadline to buy Powerball tickets varies by state. Here’s all the information you need for a chance to win the $750 million jackpot in the Powerball drawing tonight, Wednesday, March 27.

When Are the Powerball Winning Numbers Drawn?

Powerball drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET. Some local nightly news programs show Powerball drawings live, while other stations around the country announce Powerball winning numbers at a little after 11 p.m. ET.

You can also find out about the winning Powerball numbers online at sites such as powerball.com and lottery.net.

The next Powerball drawing is tonight (Wednesday, March 27), when a jackpot estimated at $750 million is up for grabs. The lump sum cash value of today’s $750 million jackpot is $465.5 million, before taxes. (And yes, if you are lucky enough to win the Powerball jackpot, our advice is to take the lump sum rather than annual payments.)

What Is the Deadline to Buy Powerball Tickets?

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline to buy Powerball tickets varies by location. So we checked the state lottery websites around the country for their Powerball cutoff times, and all of the deadlines are listed below.

Powerball jackpots roll over and get bigger and bigger if no one has all of the winning numbers in drawings. And as lottery jackpots grow, so does the likelihood for long lines to buy tickets. So it’s best to buy Powerball tickets well before the deadline arrives in your state. Also, take note that many states offer online lottery ticket sales.

The Powerball jackpot is $750 million currently. Here’s the deadline to buy Powerball tickets, even with tough odds of winning Powerball.

The Powerball Jackpot Just Hit $750 Million. Here's the Deadline to Buy Tickets Tonight in Every State The Powerball jackpot is now up to a whopping $750

HOW TO PLAY POWERBALL

What is Powerball?

Powerball is a draw game where the goal is to match your numbers with the winning numbers selected in the drawing. There are nine different ways to win!

Ticket Price: $2

Drawings: Wednesday and Saturday

What is Power Play?

Power Play multiplies your winnings*** by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10**** times. Mark the Power Play box or ask the cashier for the Power Play option when you purchase your ticket. The Power Play number is randomly selected just before each drawing.

Additional Cost: $1 per game

Applies To: All prizes except the jackpot

How to Purchase Tickets and Play

How to Purchase a Ticket

Find an Arizona Lottery retailer. Powerball tickets cost $2 per game and are available for purchase at the counter of Arizona Lottery Retailers and at Arizona Lottery vending machines. Tickets cannot be purchased online.

How to Choose Your Numbers

There are three ways to choose your numbers.

To let the computer select the numbers for you, choose a Quick Pick on the vending machine or tell the cashier you want a Quick Pick at the time of your purchase.

To choose your own numbers, fill out a selection slip or tell the cashier which six numbers you would like to select:

  • 5 white numbers (1 – 69)
  • 1 Powerball number (1 – 26)

You can also choose your own numbers for just the white numbers or just the red Powerball number, and use Quick Pick for the other number(s).

Multiply Your Winnings

When purchasing a ticket, you can add on Power Play for just an additional $1 per game to multiply your winnings*** by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10**** times. Tell the cashier at the time of your purchase or mark it on your selection slip. Just before the Powerball drawing, a Power Play number will be selected, and your winnings will be multiplied by that amount!

How to Check the Winning Numbers

You can find the winning numbers online, or you can check your tickets by using a ticket scanner at an Arizona Lottery retailer or by calling the Winning Numbers Hotline:

  • Phoenix: 480.829.7425
  • Tucson: 520.325.9141
  • All Other Areas: 800.499.3798

About Winning

How to Claim Your Winnings

All Arizona Lottery retailers will redeem prizes up to $100, and may redeem prizes up to $599. Find a Location

Redeem your prize by completing a Winner’s Claim Form, then mailing it or bringing it to the Phoenix or Tucson Arizona Lottery office. See our Winner’s Brochure to learn more.

Jackpot Payment Options

If you win the jackpot, you have 60 days to choose a payment option:

  • 30-year annuity
  • Lump-sum cash – which will be approximately half the amount of the announced jackpot

If you do not select cash or annuity within the 60 days, your prize will be paid as an annuity.

Powerball FAQs

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

The overall odds of winning a cash prize are approximately 1 in 24.87.

When are Powerball drawings held?

Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

How often can I play my numbers?

You can play your numbers for up to 10 consecutive drawing dates on the same ticket. Just tell the cashier at the time of your purchase or mark the Multi Draw box on your selection slip.

How long do I have to claim a Powerball prize?

You have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim a prize. Once a ticket has expired, it cannot be redeemed even if it is a winner.

What happens if multiple people win the jackpot?

The players will share the jackpot in equal amounts.

How many Arizonans have won the Powerball jackpot?

Since Arizona joined Powerball on April 4, 1994, the state has sold 12 winning jackpot tickets:

  • April 1, 2017 – $60 million
  • November 28, 2012 – $587.5 million
  • December 1, 2011 – $95.3 million
  • January 27, 2007 – $15 million
  • November 1, 2006 – $47.05 million
  • December 22, 2004 – $10.3 million
  • January 26, 2002 – $95.3 million
  • April 15, 2001 – $83.9 million
  • November 16, 1996 – $22 million
  • April 12, 1995 – $77 million
  • March 4, 1995 – $101 million
  • April 27, 1994 – $5.2 million

The number of winning tickets is proportional to Arizona’s population when compared to that of other Powerball states.

*Sales stop on draw nights at 6:59 p.m. Arizona time from the second Sunday in March through the first Saturday in November and at 7:59 pm Arizona time from the first Sunday in November through the second Saturday in March.

**The Arizona State Lottery official audited records of the numbers that were drawn will determine the winner rather than the numbers televised or published on the web. Drawing prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing.

***Winning the Match 5 prize (all 5 white balls) still pays $2 million regardless of the multiplier number drawn. Power Play does not apply to the jackpot.

****The Power Play 10X feature will be available when the annuitized jackpot amount is $150,000,000 or less.

All sales are final. Drawing game tickets cannot be voided.

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