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How Late Can You Buy Powerball Tickets in California?

Plus, where are the luckiest locations in the state?

    Renee Schiavone , Patch Staff

With the clock ticking, there are just hours left to purchase a Powerball ticket here in California.

Hundreds of thousands of people are testing their luck for the $1.5 billion jackpot, and if you want a (very small) shot at the prize, you better get to a lottery retailer before 7 p.m. PST.

And no, you can’t just have been in line by 7 p.m., as the state cuts off sales promptly at that time, and those left in line will be left without tickets. The drawing for the prize will happen just about an hour later, at 7:59 p.m. local time.

While you’re at it, if you are indeed buying a ticket or two, you may want to do so at a store with a “lucky” history.

The California Lottery has compiled a listing of stores throughout the state that have paid out big in the last year, dubbing them “lucky retailers.”

Click here to search for all California Lottery retailers. Click on ‘lucky retailers’ if you want to buy your ticket from a spot that paid out large amounts of prizes to players in the last calendar year.

HOW TO WIN POWERBALL:

The odds of winning the big prize are 1 in 292,201,338, according to MarketWatch. The service points out that the chances of being struck by lightning in any given year are 1 in 700,000.

According to the official Powerball website, the jackpot is won by matching all five white balls, in any order, and the red Powerball. But if you miss that coveted Powerball, you can still win a cool million dollars.

Any time you match the red Powerball, you win a prize. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 25. Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win.

WORLD’S LARGEST LOTTERY

“We’re calling it the world’s largest lottery at this point,” California Lottery Spokesman Russ Lopez told Patch on Monday— back when the jackpot was a mere $1.4 billion.

According to the representative, though the Spanish ‘El Gordo’ famously offers up billions of dollars in prizes, that game works differently in that no single person gets the entire jackpot.

“This is the largest game where you can win $1.4 billion with a single ticket,” according to Lopez.

Though the thought of winning of this massive jackpot can be exhilarating, Lopez also reminds anyone who plays to do so responsibly.

“I know it gets crazy . please play responsibly; play within your means, within your budget.”

(Patch photo by Renee Schiavone)

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Lottery COVID-19 Updates

Effective December 7, 2020: Lottery District Offices Are Temporarily Closed To The Public

All California Lottery District Offices are closed to the public effective December 7, 2020 following the California Regional Stay at Home order issued on December 3, 2020.

Prizes up to $599 can be claimed at a California Lottery retailer. For prizes $600 and above, winners can claim their prize via mail. For complete instructions on how to claim a prize by mail, please visit the Claim A Prize page. Please note the processing time for claims may be delayed due to necessary observance of social distancing guidelines and procedures.

Lottery Headquarters remains temporarily closed to the public. Viewing the nightly draw in person will not be possible until further notice.

Scratchers Availability

California Lottery offices, facilities and games continue to operate, and have been impacted by recent public health and safety guidelines. In order to maximize the health and safety of our team members and of the public, the Lottery is following strict social distancing protocols at our distribution centers, our district offices, our headquarters and all other points of our supply chain. While we continue to ship Scratchers® to our retailers, your retailer may not have all Scratchers® available. Thank you to our retailers and players for your patience during these unprecedented times.

Powerball ® Game Update

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the national Powerball Product Group has taken additional steps to ensure that ticket sales can support the Powerball jackpot and lower-tier prizes. Minimum starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases have been eliminated. Future jackpots will instead be determined by sales and the estimated amount for each draw will be advertised as usual.

These changes are expected to remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Please check the California Lottery website, mobile app, and retail signage for the most up-to-date jackpot amounts. The game matrix, odds and $2 price point remain the same.

Powerball Advance Play – Due to game changes outlined above, the California Lottery is offering a refund option for Powerball Advance Plays meeting these criteria:

  • Advance Play purchased before and including April 2, for draws after March 25.
  • To obtain a refund, please download and complete the Advance Play Refund Form and follow the instructions for returning the form to the Lottery.

All Advance Play purchases are still valid and Advance Play is still available if players wish to participate. This refund is only applicable to Advance Play purchases made for Powerball and Mega Millions during the specified timeframe and specific draws listed above.

Mega Millions ® Game Update

The Mega Millions Consortium has adjusted the game’s starting jackpot and will determine the amounts of subsequent starting jackpots and jackpot increases on a drawing-by-drawing basis. The changes are in direct response to slowing sales during the current global COVID-19 pandemic.

The starting jackpot and the rate at which the jackpot increases will be established based on game sales and interest rates, with no fixed minimum amount. These changes are expected to remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Please check the California Lottery website, mobile app, and retail signage for the most up-to-date jackpot amounts. The game matrix, odds and $2 price point remain the same.

Mega Millions Advance Play – Due to game changes outlined above, the California Lottery is offering a refund option for Mega Millions Advance Plays meeting these criteria:

  • Advance Play purchased before and including April 3, for draws after April 3, 2020.
  • To obtain a refund, please download and complete the Advance Play Refund Form and follow the instructions for returning the form to the Lottery.

All Advance Play purchases are still valid and Advance Play is still available if players wish to participate. This refund is only applicable to Advance Play purchases made for Powerball and Mega Millions during the specified timeframe and specific draws listed above.

California Lottery communications related to the COVID-19 virus.