Congratulations! If you’ve won a Powerball prize, you might be wondering what to do next. On this page, you can find out how to claim your prize if you've bought your ticket from an authorized retailer.
Sign the back of your ticket and make a copy. This will help to prevent others from using your ticket to claim a prize in the unlikely event that the ticket is lost or stolen. Note: Winning tickets can only be claimed in the state where they were purchased.
Prize payouts less than $600 can normally be claimed from an authorized lottery retailer. Check with your local retailer for their store policies, as some stores may not carry enough cash for prizes of more than $100 or have guidelines about the amount of cash that is available to staff.
Winnings can also be claimed by mail. To claim your prize by mail, simply mail the ticket alongside some ID and a winner claim form, which is available from your local lottery office. Mail it to the address as provided by the state lottery office for your jurisdiction.
Payouts that are $600 or more can be claimed from a local district office, claim center or lottery headquarters.
Prizes can also be claimed by mail, with the address provided from your state lottery office. The maximum prize amount that can be claimed by mail varies from state to state. Check with your local lottery office for more information.
If you’ve won a jackpot prize, players are advised to contact the lottery headquarters for your jurisdiction and claim the prize in person.
Please note that information varies for each state. Always check with your state lottery. You can find out more on where to claim Powerball winnings in your state, by visiting the dedicated page.
The length of time to claim a prize from the drawing date varies for each jurisdiction, as can be seen in the table displayed below.
|California||1 year for the jackpot prize, 180 days for all other Powerball prizes|
|New Hampshire||1 year|
|New Jersey||1 year|
|New Mexico||90 days|
|New York||1 year|
|North Carolina||180 days|
|North Dakota||180 days|
|Puerto Rico||180 days|
|Rhode Island||1 year|
|South Carolina||180 days|
|South Dakota||180 days|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||6 months|
|Washington State||180 days|
|Washington D.C.||180 days|
|West Virginia||180 days|
It is important to remember that you cannot win a prize for a lottery draw that you did not enter. If you have received suspicious correspondence or believe that you have been contacted by a scammer, find out what steps to take on the Scams page.