How To Buy Powerball Lottery Tickets Online

The Powerball jackpot continues to grow, reaching an estimated $1 billion ahead of the next drawing Wednesday night.

The current jackpot is the seventh largest U.S. lottery jackpot and third largest Powerball jackpot ever, according to lottery officials. It is second only to the $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won in 2022 and the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot, which was won in 2016.

While there are regular Powerball players, a giant jackpot seems to get new players flocking to retailers to buy tickets – and they may not know what to say or how to play. We’re here to help.

Here’s everything to know before stopping by your local store to buy a ticket.

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Vinnie Clemente, right, buys Powerball tickets from Elias Harv at a gas station, on Friday, July 14, 2023, in Crystal, Minn.

How do you ask the cashier for a Powerball ticket?

Buying a Powerball ticket can be a simple process if you know what you’re doing.

To buy a ticket in-person, you can either ask for a “Quick Pick”, where a computer will generate numbers randomly, or you can pick the numbers yourself. The cashier will also ask about “power play.” For an extra dollar, you may choose to “power play,” which multiplies all non-grand prize winnings by a factor of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10.

For “Quick Pick,” say this: “I’d like a quick pick Powerball ticket.” Then tell the cashier whether you want the multiplier or “power play.”

To pick your own numbers, say this: “I’d like a Powerball ticket and I will pick my numbers.”

With this option, you will fill out a playslip with your selections. Slips may also be up for grabs on the store floor, so you could fill it out before approaching the cashier. You will need to pick six Powerball numbers total: Five numbers between 1-69 and the Powerball number, which is one number between 1-26. Hand your slip to the cashier and you will receive a printout of those numbers. Again, you can choose to “power play” or not.

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The Powerball also offers “double play,” an add-on feature with a cash prize up to $10 million. For an additional $1 per play, “double play” gives players in select jurisdictions another chance to match Powerball numbers in a separate drawing, which happens after the regular Powerball drawing.

How much are Powerball tickets?

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

The “power play” is an additional $1 per play, and can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times. “Double play” is also an additional $1 per play if selected, thus a single ticket could cost $4 if the player adds both “power play” and “double play.”

There are 23 states where it’s allowed to buy lottery tickets with a credit card, according to NerdWallet. The other 22 states that offer the lottery can vary in what they accept for payment, from only cash to debit cards, gift cards and more. If you’re unsure, check the rules for your specific state or territory.

A customer chooses Powerball numbers at Won Won Mini Market liquor store in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 18, 2023. The Powerball jackpot rose yet again to an estimated $1 billion after no winning ticket was sold for the latest drawing.

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How late can you buy a Powerball ticket tonight?

Depending on the selling jurisdiction, sales for Powerball tickets may cut off one to two hours before the drawing. Drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. ET every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

How do you find out if you won?

First, remember to watch the Powerball drawing live, which is broadcast from the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee. Some local stations will air the drawings live, so check your local listings.

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You can also stream it live on Powerball’s website or watch clips on their YouTube channel.

If you aren’t able to watch a drawing, you can always check your numbers on the Powerball’s website. Enter the date range of your drawing and your numbers to see if there was a match. The Powerball will only show numbers that have won a prize.

Where can you buy lottery tickets?

Tickets can be purchased in-person at gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores. Some airport terminals may also sell lottery tickets.

You can also order tickets online through Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, in these U.S. states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The Jackpocket app allows you to pick your lottery game and numbers, place your order, see your ticket and collect your winnings all using your phone or home computer.

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