- How do I claim my prize?
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.
- Can I buy tickets for more than one drawing at a time?
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.
- What is the Powerball proof of purchase?
The ticket, and not the playslip, is your proof of purchase.
- When are the Powerball drawings?
Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 pm EST
- How can I find out the winning numbers?
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
- What is the ticket cost?
$2 per play per draw, or $3 per play if you choose Power Play.
- What is a playslip?
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.)
- What is the minimum jackpot?
- How does the jackpot rollover?
Jackpots will continue to grow from drawing to drawing if no winner is selected.
The jackpot increase is based on estimated sales.
- What are the odds of winning?
The overall odds of winning are 1:31.85. The odds of winning the jackpot are
1 in 175,223,510.
- Do I have to match the numbers in exact order to be 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.
- Can I get the computer to pick my numbers?
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.
- What is an exchange ticket?
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.
- How soon after the winning numbers are drawn can I collect
Players can cash their tickets after the drawing is finalized that evening.
- What is the cut-off time to purchase Powerball tickets
before the drawing?
The deadline for purchases before the drawing on Wednesday and Saturday is
- Can Powerball tickets be cancelled?
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.
- What is Power Play?
Adding Power Play multiplies your winnings on all prize levels 2 to 5 times, with the exception of the jackpot and Match 5+0 prizes, depending on which multiplier is randomly selected (2x, 3X, 4X or 5X).
- Can I use a playslip from another Powerball state?
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
- What happens to the prize money if the jackpot winner
chooses annuity payments and then dies?
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.
- Who operates Powerball?
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.
- Where does the money go?
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.
- Where are the numbers drawn?
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.
- What happens to Unclaimed Prizes?
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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