NC Powerball

Game Overview

Game Information

North Carolina Powerball was first introduced to the state on May 30, 2006.

Game Information
 
Ticket Price
$2
Overall Odds
1 in 24.87
Multi-Play
Yes. Up to 26 times
Quick Pick
Yes
Power Play
Yes
Draw Dates
Wednesday & Saturday
10:59 pm EST
9:59 pm EST

How to Play

Step 1: Pick five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.

Step 2: Decide if you will add the Power Play for $1. Read more about Power Play below.

Step 3: Choose to play 1 time or up to 26 consecutive draws (known as multi-draw)

That’s it! Really easy to play. Now how do you win money?  Click on the Prizes & Odds tab to learn how.

Prizes & Odds

Match
Prize
Odds
5 Balls + PB
Jackpot*
1 in 292,201,338
5 Balls
$1,000,000
1 in 11,688,054
4 Balls + PB
$50,000
1 in 913,129
4 Balls
$100
1 in 36,525
3 Balls + PB
$100
1 in 14,494
3 Balls
$7
1 in 580
2 Balls + PB
$7
1 in 701
1 Balls + PB
$4
1 in 92
0 Balls + PB
$4
1 in 38
*Prize may become pari-mutuel under certain conditions. Want to compare the NC Powerball odds to other games? Check out our NC Lottery Odds Chart

Power Play

So, what is the Power Play? During each live draw, a Power Play ball is drawn. The North Carolina Power Play multiplies your winnings by 2 to 10 times on most prizes levels. The jackpot prize is excluded from the Power Play multiplier and the Match 5 balls is capped at 2x the winnings. The 10 x multiplier is only available when the jackpot is between $40 million and $150 million. The odd of each Power Play ball and the total prize payouts are shown below.
Match
x2 odds: 1 in 8
x3 odds: 1 in 3.3
x4 ods: 1 in 14.3
x5 odds: 1 in 21.5
x10 odds: 1 in 43
5 Balls + PB
5 Balls
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
4 Balls + PB
$100,000
$150,000
$200,000
$250,000
$500,000
4 Balls
$200
$300
$400
$500
$1,000
3 Balls + PB
$200
$300
$400
$500
$1,000
3 Balls
$14
$21
$28
$35
$70
2 Balls + PB
$14
$21
$28
$35
$70
1 Ball + PB
$8
$12
$16
$20
$40
0 Balls + PB
$8
$12
$16
$20
$40

Terminology

Sometimes game information can be confusing. We created a brief overview of some of the common terms used in Carolina Pick 3 that you should be familiar.

Pari-mutuel is a payout method that splits the total available prize money for a particular prize level between all winners of that prize level.

In Powerball, in the event more than one person wins the jackpot, the top prize will be split among the winners.

 

A random set of playing numbers chosen by a lottery terminal. Players may choose to have the lottery terminal pick their playing numbers instead of choosing numbers on their own.

Multi-draw is playing the same set of numbers on consecutive drawings. While filling out a play slip, a player may choose to play the same set of numbers for up to 26 consecutive drawings for the North Carolina Powerball.

 

Adding Power Play multiplies your winning on most prize levels 2 to 10 times, with the exception of the jackpot and Match 5+0 prizes. (10X is only available to be drawn if the advertised jackpot is $150,000,000 or less)

 

FAQs

Wednesday and Saturdays at approximately 10:59 pm EST. However, ticket sales stop at 9:59pm EST.

 

No. All sales are final, so make sure to confirm your numbers prior to purchase.

 

The claim period is 180 days after the draw date.

The top prize is available as either a lump sum or annuity.

 

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.

 

The individual in possession of an unsigned lottery ticket will be able to cash the ticket. Players should immediately sign the back of each ticket upon purchase.

Of course. The government always wants it cut. All prizes won are subject to Federal and State withholdings.

 

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.

No. You must use the play slip for North Carolina.

 

Odds are the probability, or likelihood an event will occur. In the case of lottery prizes, you may see odds like 1 in 210,000. This means that the likelihood that prize will hit is once every 210,000 tries BUT does not mean it will occur exactly every 210,000 times.