FAQ

Powerball

Q: How do I claim my prize?
A: Visit the How To Claim page (http://nc-educationlottery.org/info_how-to-claim.aspx) on this website, for information on how to claim your prize.
Q: Can I buy tickets for more than one drawing at a time?
A: Yes, you can purchase tickets in advance for up to 26 consecutive drawings. To play consecutive drawings, you need to either select the “Multi Draw” box on the playslip or ask the retailer for multiple draws at the time of purchase.
Q: What is the Powerball proof of purchase?
A: The ticket, and not the playslip, is your proof of purchase.
Q: When are the Powerball drawings?
A: Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 pm EST
Q: How can I find out the winning numbers?
A: Watch the drawings every Wednesday and Saturday night on your area’s official lottery drawing station to determine drawing results.
WRAL - Channel 5, Raleigh
WITN - Channel 7, Greenville, New Bern & Washington
WXLV - Channel 45, Winston-Salem, Greensboro & High Point WLOS - Channel 13, Asheville WAXN - TV64, Charlotte
Q: What is the ticket cost?
A: $2 per play per draw, or $3 per play if you choose Power Play.
Q: What is a playslip?
A: A playslip is a paper selection method that allows a player to select their numbers prior to reaching the point of sale at a retailer location. It will produce up to 5 plays per playslip at $2 per play for a regular Powerball ticket and $3 per play for Power Play tickets. (See our Powerball "How To Play" page for instructions on completing a playslip. It can be saved and reused for regular weekly purchases.)
Q: What is the minimum jackpot?
A: $40 million
Q: How does the jackpot rollover?
A: Jackpots will continue to grow from drawing to drawing if no winner is selected. The jackpot increase is based on estimated sales.
Q: What are the odds of winning?
A: The overall odds of winning are 1:31.85. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.
Q: Do I have to match the numbers in exact order to be a winner?
A: No, as long as you have the numbers drawn listed on your ticket in a single row, it does not matter what order they are drawn. However, you do have to match the Powerball number exactly.
Q: Can I get the computer to pick my numbers?
A: Yes. Just ask for a Quick Pick ticket. This gives players the option to have the Lottery computer select any or all of their numbers.
Q: What is an exchange ticket?
A: If a players win on any of the drawings during a Multi-Draw play, they can cash in their winnings at a retailer location and an exchange ticket will be printed for the remaining drawings that are still active on the ticket.
Q: How soon after the winning numbers are drawn can I collect my prize?
A: Players can cash their tickets after the drawing is finalized that evening.
Q: What is the cut-off time to purchase Powerball tickets before the drawing?
A: The deadline for purchases before the drawing on Wednesday and Saturday is 9:59pm EST.
Q: Can Powerball tickets be cancelled?
A: No, a Powerball ticket CANNOT be cancelled by the retailer after it is generated, so be sure to check your numbers and verify your ticket cost prior to purchase.
Q: What is Power Play?
A: The Power Play feature offers players a way to increase their winnings on all prize levels, with the exception of the jackpot. The Power Play feature is a pre-determined, set prize amount for each winning number combination. (See our Powerball "How To Play" page for Power Play prizes chart.)
Q: Can I use a playslip from another Powerball state?
A: No. There is a separate Powerball playslip designed for North Carolina. Because each state’s lottery terminals operate differently, you cannot use a playslip from another state.
Q: What happens to the prize money if the jackpot winner chooses annuity payments and then dies?
A: The right of any person to a prize shall not be assignable. Payment of any prize may be paid to the estate of a deceased prize winner or to a person designated pursuant to a court order.
Q: Who operates Powerball?
A: The Multi-State Lottery Association, a non-profit organization entirely owned and operated by member lotteries. The association is based in Urbandale, Iowa, and has a 14-member staff that operates at the direction of its board of directors. The board of directors is made up of the executive directors of each member lottery. The association operates several games, one of which is Powerball.
Q: Where does the money go?
A: All proceeds from the sale of Powerball tickets, except for a state’s share of the jackpot, remain in the state where the tickets were sold. Each state’s share of the jackpot is based on its percentage of sales for each drawing.
Q: Where are the numbers drawn?
A: The numbers are drawn at the Florida Lottery offices, located in Tallahassee, Florida, in the presence of multi-state lottery draw officials, an independent auditor and a security official.
Q: What happens to Unclaimed Prizes?
A: Except for the jackpot (and the Match 5 BONUS prize whenever it is in effect), all unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction that has the unclaimed winner. The jackpot money and BONUS prize pool are treated differently. If these two prize pools are unclaimed, the money must be returned back to all lotteries, in proportion to their sales for the draw run. The lotteries then distribute the money as they are required by law.
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