How can I claim my prize?
Players can generally claim a prize up to $600 at any licensed lottery retailer in the jurisdiction where they bought the ticket. Winning tickets do not have to be cashed at the same store, but they do have to be cashed in the jurisdiction of purchase. Prizes over $600 can be claimed at some lottery offices, depending on the amount, and also at lottery headquarters. To check your lottery's claim rules and whether you can claim your prize by mail, click here. Please contact your lottery with any further questions.
How long do I have to claim my prize?
Ticket expiration dates vary from 90 days to one year, depending on the selling jurisdiction. The expiration date is often listed on the back of your ticket. If the expiration date is not listed, check with your lottery.
What happens to unclaimed prizes?
Unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction. If a jackpot prize is unclaimed, the money must be returned to all lotteries in proportion to their sales for the draw run. The lotteries then distribute the money, based on their own jurisdiction's laws, to other lottery games or to their jurisdiction's general fund, or otherwise as required by law.
Can Powerball winners remain anonymous?
Each jurisdiction has its own law on winners remaining anonymous. Some jurisdictions are required by law to provide the winner's name, city of residence, game won and prize amount to any third party who requests the information. Other jurisdictions allow winners to create trusts to shield their names from the public, or otherwise claim prizes anonymously. Check with your lottery to see if photos are required and what its rules are on prize claims. Even if you keep your identity secret from the media and the public, you will have to be known to the lottery so officials can confirm you are eligible to play and win and for other legal requirements.