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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.

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. ]]>