Even If You Just Won Enough For A Cup Of Coffee.
The Powerball drawing became a hot topic this past week, after the jackpot hit an all-time high of $1.5 billion thanks to 20 weeks of no grand-prize-winning tickets. However, Wednesday night’s drawing of 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10 matched the tickets of three Powerball players. The winners, who miraculously beat the 1 in 292.2 million odds, hail from California, Florida, and Tennessee, and will be splitting the jackpot three ways.
UPDATE: This post was originally published in January 2016. As of Aug. 23, 2017, the new Powerball jackpot has hit $700 million (and if there are no winners, it’ll go to $1 billion). The Powerball will be drawn at 10:59 p.m. EST.
EARLIER: Remember that winners come in all shapes and sizes. Though their successes may not have gained equal media attention, there are smaller prize winners among us. For example, a dozen people in the state of California alone matched five of the six numbers. Well, can’t win ’em all, at least when it comes to the jackpot.
According to the Powerball website, players have an infinitely more reasonable chance вЂ” one in 25 вЂ” of winning at least something, even if it’s just the minimum $4. So check your ticket again, because you might be a winner. Let’s review the basics. Five white balls are drawn out of a bucket that consists of 69 balls in total. One red Powerball is drawn out of a drum of 26 balls. In order to win $4, which is double the price of the ticket, you simply have to match the Powerball number. To win $7, you have to match three white ball numbers, or two white ball numbers plus the Powerball number. From there, you can win $100 by matching three white ball numbers plus the Powerball number, or four white ball numbers. This is the point at which one number can make all of the difference вЂ” a $49,900 difference. Players win $50,000 by guessing four white ball numbers and one Powerball number. By guessing all five white ball numbers, you’ll win the million. White numbers can be guessed in any order in all cases.
Now, let’s assume you won at least some sort of prize. The first step is jumping up and down and screaming. No matter if you won $4 or $1 million. Your win is equal in my eyes. The next step is especially pertinent. Sign your name on the back of the ticket so no one can swoop in and swipe it. If your prize is under $600, you can claim it at a lottery retailer in your state. But the Powerball website points out that not all retailers carry enough cash. That’s what “super retailers” are for.
The website suggests that in such a case, you look for a cashier who’s wearing a cape and tights. I’m not sure whether they’re kidding. If your prize surpasses $600 (congrats!), then you must trek to the state lottery headquarters. Tickets are redeemable for at least three months, and depending on the state, sometimes even a year. Whatever you do, just don’t spend it all at once.The Powerball drawing became a hot topic this past week, after the jackpot hit an all-time high of $1.5 billion thanks to 20 weeks of no grand-prize-winning tickets. However, Wednesday night’s drawing of 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10 matched theвЂ¦
How to Claim Powerball Winnings
If you’ve won a Powerball prize, you might be wondering what to do next. On this page, you can find out how to claim your prize if you’ve played online or if you bought your ticket from an authorized retailer, as the claiming method differs between the two.
- Claim periods vary depending on the state you have played from. Please check the list of different states and claim periods below.
- It is not possible to purchase a ticket in one state and claim it in another.
- For information about state-specific game promotions, you should contact your state lottery.
- You should sign the back of your ticket as it will help you prove that you are its rightful owner in the event that it is lost or stolen.
All prizes will be paid directly into your lottery account. You should receive a notification or email that will tell you if you have won a prize. The details can also be viewed in your account, after your numbers have been checked against the results. You can then decide whether to withdraw the winnings or put them towards future entries.
Prizes from a retailer
How you claim your prize depends on how much you won and where you entered. Prizes can only be claimed in the state in which the winning ticket was bought. Smaller prizes can usually be claimed from lottery retailers, but if a store doesn’t have enough cash to pay you out, you may be referred to a different retailer or claim center.
Prize payouts less than $600 can normally be claimed from an authorized lottery retailer. Check with your local retailer for their store policies, as some stores may not carry enough cash for prizes of more than $100 or have guidelines about the amount of cash that is available to staff.
Winnings can also be claimed by mail. To claim your prize by mail, simply mail the ticket alongside some ID and a winner claim form, which is available from your local lottery office. Mail it to the address as provided by the state lottery office for your jurisdiction.
Payouts that are $600 or more can be claimed from a local district office, claim center or lottery headquarters.
Prizes can also be claimed by mail, with the address provided from your state lottery office. The maximum prize amount that can be claimed by mail varies from state to state. Check with your local lottery office for more information.
If youвЂ™ve won a jackpot prize, players are advised to contact the lottery headquarters for your jurisdiction and claim the prize in person.
Please note that information varies for each state. Always check with your state lottery.
How long do I have to claim my winnings?
The claim period for Powerball prizes differs by jurisdiction, and it can be anywhere from 90 days to a year. See the table below for the claim period in your state. If you do not come forward within this time the prize money will be redistributed according to the lotteryвЂ™s regulations. Some state lotteries also allow you to claim by mail, but you may need to download or obtain a claim form to mail along with your ticket.
|Jurisdiction||Claim Period||Claim By Mail?|
|Arizona||180 days||Any prize|
|Arkansas||180 days||Any prize|
|California||1 year for the jackpot prize, 180 days for all other prizes||Any prize|
|Colorado||180 days||Any prize|
|Connecticut||180 days||Less than $50,000|
|Delaware||1 year||Up to $599|
|Florida||180 days||Up to $250,000|
|Georgia||180 days||Any prize|
|Idaho||180 days||Any prize|
|Illinois||1 year||Less than $1 million|
|Indiana||180 days||Any prize|
|Iowa||1 year||Up to $250,000|
|Kansas||1 year||Any prize|
|Kentucky||180 days||Under $50,000|
|Louisiana||180 days||Up to $510,000|
|Maine||1 year||Any prize|
|Maryland||182 days||Any prize|
|Michigan||1 year||Any prize|
|Minnesota||1 year||Up to $50,000|
|Mississippi||180 days||Any prize|
|Missouri||180 days||Any prize|
|Montana||180 days||Any prize|
|Nebraska||180 days||Any prize|
|New Hampshire||1 year||Any prize|
|New Jersey||1 year||Any prize|
|New Mexico||90 days||Less than $100,000|
|New York||1 year||Any prize|
|North Carolina||180 days||Less than $100,000|
|North Dakota||180 days||Any prize|
|Oklahoma||180 days||Any prize|
|Oregon||1 year||Any prize|
|Pennsylvania||1 year||Any prize|
|Puerto Rico||180 days||Undisclosed|
|Rhode Island||1 year||Undisclosed|
|South Carolina||180 days||Over $500|
|South Dakota||180 days||Any prize|
|Tennessee||180 days||Less than $200,000|
|Texas||180 days||Up to $2.5 million|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||6 months||Any prize|
|Vermont||1 year||Any prize|
|Virginia||180 days||Any prize|
|Washington State||180 days||Any prize|
|Washington D.C.||180 days||Any prize|
|West Virginia||180 days||Any prize|
|Wisconsin||180 days||Up to $500,999|
|Wyoming||180 days||Any prize|
Where to claim
If you need to collect a prize of $600 or over then you must visit a local district office or lottery headquarters. Find your jurisdiction in the table below to see where your nearest claim center or lottery headquarters is located:
|Jurisdiction||$599 and Under||$600 and Over||Jackpot Winners|
|Arizona||Lottery Retailer||Phoenix office, 4740 E. University Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85034|
Some states announce prizes that have not yet been claimed. You can check to see if there are any unclaimed Powerball prizes in your state here.Find out how to claim Powerball winnings if youвЂ™ve won a prize online or bought a ticket at a local lottery retailer. ]]>