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When Do Stores Stop Selling Powerball Tickets in Illinois?

Saturday’s winners in Illinois snagged their lucky tickets at 15 different stores. Maybe you’ll get lucky with a late ticket on Jan. 13.

By Morgan Searles , Patch Staff
Jan 12, 2016 5:08 p m CT | Updated Jan 13, 2016 9:17 p m CT

Just how late can you wait today to buy a ticket for the largest Powerball jackpot ever? The winning numbers for the estimated $1.5 billion jackpot up for grabs tonight will be selected at 9:59 p.m. Central time Wednesday, Jan. 13. A lump-sum payout for the winner is worth $930 million before taxes.

In Illinois, ticket purchases through the lottery website stop about three hours before the draw takes place. But if you buy tickets in person at a store, the cut-off time depends on each retailer, according to the Illinois Lottery.

Generally, most Illinois lottery ticket dealers stop selling tickets one hour before the drawing — 8:59 p.m.

What will the Powerball jackpot be if nobody wins? Saturday’s Powerball jackpot would be $2 billion, with a $1.24 Billion cash payout. That would be more than a $1 billion increase in a week.

The data analytics website FiveThirtyEight estimates 1.008 billion total Powerball tickets will be sold, which translates to a 97 percent chance of at least one winner.

Data curated by FindTheData

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How To Avoid Black Friday Scams In Illinois

Consumers in Illinois can take certain steps to lessen the chance of falling victim to a scam.

Players can also purchase their tickets online at illinoislottery.com or at nearly 8,000 retailers statewide.

Though no one picked up a cool $949 million in the Jan. 9 Powerball drawing, 15 lucky lottery players in Illinois won $50,000 by matching four out of five numbers and the Powerball number.

The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 16 – 19 – 32 – 34 – 57 with Powerball number 13.

No one in the state won a $1 million payout, meaning no one in Illinois matched five numbers without the Powerball.

Recent Winning Ticket Sellers in Illinois

According to the Illinois Lottery, the following retailers sold the $50,000 prize-winning tickets.

  • Pizza Pros, Dekalb
  • 7 Eleven, Arlington Heights
  • Speedway, Homer Glen
  • Paralyzed Veteran of America, Chicago
  • HyVee Food Store, Sycamore
  • Colonial Liquors, Des Plaines
  • Par A Dice, East Peoria
  • 95th Mart Citgo, Chicago
  • Oak Park Gas Mart, Oak Park
  • Star 7 Liquor, Naperville
  • Speedway, Schaumburg
  • Thornton Gas, Oak Lawn
  • Caseys, Rock Falls
  • Freedom Oil, Lexington
  • Plano Liquors, Plano

Saturday’s Powerball tickets in Illinois reportedly won more than 633,000 prizes, from $4 to $50,000.

As of Tuesday evening, the Jan. 13 Powerball jackpot reached $1.5 billion, which is the largest, single-prize lottery jackpot in world history.

When Do Stores Stop Selling Powerball Tickets in Illinois? – Oak Park-River Forest, IL – Saturday's winners in Illinois snagged their lucky tickets at 15 different stores. Maybe you'll get lucky with a late ticket on Jan. 13.

Powerball Jackpot: How late can you buy a ticket?

The Powerball jackpot has risen to an estimated $750 million, with the next drawing of the multi-state lottery game scheduled for 10:59 p.m. Wednesday.

The drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays. In Pennsylvania the cutoff to buy tickets is 9:59 p.m. on drawing days.

If you’re hoping to take your shot at the jackpot, here’s a few things you should know (and a few things you don’t need to know, but we couldn’t resist telling you):

How to play:

Tickets are $2, and players select five numbers from one to 69, as well as one Powerball number from one to 26. Numbers can be selected by each individual player, or given out randomly when you buy a ticket.

Matching all six numbers is what would get you the jackpot prize, but other prizes are also given out for matching at least a few of the numbers.

There is also a Power Play number drawn, which multiplies the non-jackpot prizes. Participating in the Power Play option costs an additional $1 when a ticket is purchased.

Powerball tickets are shown outside of a a liquor store Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Fremont, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP

What are my odds of winning?

The odds of winning the jackpot is pretty long. According to the Pennsylvania Lottery, it’s about 1 in 292 million.

You have better odds of:

  • Being struck by lightning (one in 750,000).
  • Being struck by an asteroid or comet (1 in 20,000).
  • Becoming a billionaire without winning the lottery (1 in 785,000).
  • Being elected president (1 in 10 million)

What could you buy if you took the $465 million cash option?

Almost anything, but here’s a few things you could splurge on:

  • A ride around the moon. With a friend. A space tourism company, as of a few years ago, was selling a slingshot ride around the moon aboard a modified Russian Soyuz spacecraft for $150 million per person.
  • The most expensive car in the world. That’s the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita — the Swedish manufacturer of this beauty made just two. One is owned by boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who made headlines a few years ago by announcing he paid $4.8 million for the car. Maybe he’ll consider an offer?
  • A yacht. The Seven Seas, owned by movie director Steven Spielberg, cost $200 million. So you could afford that boat, but you probably couldn’t afford to run it very long.
  • Lincoln Financial bought the naming rights to the home of the Philadelphia Eagles for $139.6 million for 21 years. You could outbid them.
  • If you wanted to give the money away, try this: $400,000 would pay the tuition for 11,690 people to attend a private college.
  • Or, in the same philanthropic vein, you could build a hospital. Maybe two. The Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey cost about $207 million to build.

Start by signing the back of your ticket. Clearly print your name, address and phone number. Take some time to contact a financial advisor for advice.

The jackpot must be claimed in person at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters in Middletown. You’ll have 60 days to decide whether you want to take the money as an annuity or take the cash option. Here’s what that means.

  • Annuity: If you select this option, you’ll receive your money in 30 annual payments over 29 years, with the payments increasing by 5 percent each year.
  • Cash option: You’ll get a lump sum payment. If the jackpot remains at $750 million, the cash payout would be $465.5 million.

Of course, whichever option you take, you’ll be responsible for paying taxes on your winnings. This also assumes you’re the only winner. If there are multiple winners, the jackpot will be split between you.

Can the winner remain anonymous in Pa.?

In Pennsylvania, certain winner information is considered a public record. The Lottery also publishes online lists of winners of $1,000 or more that include the following:

  • First name, last initial of the winner(s)
  • County of residence
  • Name of game won
  • Date of win
  • Prize amount

Under the state Lottery Law, legal entities (such as trusts) are permitted to file prize claims and receive prize funds. If you want to explore that option, you should contact an attorney.

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