NC Powerball

NC Powerball Winners

Check out the luckiest stores around North Carolina for NC Powerball prizes $600 and up!  Map reflects prizes claimed for the last 12 months through March 2020.

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We created a quick reference guide for both seasoned and new players of NC Powerball.  Feel free to jump around with the quick navigation below.

1) Game Information

North Carolina Powerball was first introduced to the state on May 30, 2006 and represented about 6.5% of NC Lottery ticket sales for FY2018.  In the most recent fiscal year, the NC Lottery Powerball increased sales by more than $20MM.  

In fiscal year 2018, North Carolina residents spent $16.25 per capita (average across all residents) on the NC Powerball.  However, looking at just 18+ residents (eligible players), North Carolina residents spent an average of $21.04 per year on North Carolina Powerball.

Game Information


Ticket Price

$2

Overall Odds

1 in 24.87

Multi-Play

Yes.  Up to 26 times.

Quick Pick

Yes

Power Play

$1

Draw Dates

Wednesday & Saturday

Draw Times

10:59 pm EST

Sales Cut-Off Time

9:59 pm EST

Want all game Draw Times and Sales & Cut -offs?  Check out our NCEL Lottery Drawing Calendar.

2) 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?  

The reference table below shows how each prize is won and the odds of winning.  Since Play Play is an add-on tied to NC Powerball, the odds are shown separately.

3) NC Powerball Prizes & Odds

North Carolina Powerball Odds Chart

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 North Carolina Powerball odds to other games?  Check out our NCEL Lottery Odds Chart

Power Play Explained

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

odds:  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

4) Terminology

Sometimes game information can be confusing.  We created a brief overview of some of the common terms used by the North Carolina Powerball that you should be familiar.

  • Pari-mutuel
  • quick pick (QP)
  • Multi-draw
  • Power play

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.


5) FAQs

What days are NC Powerball drawings held?

Can North Carolina Powerball tickets be canceled?

What is the deadline for claiming a North Carolina Powerball prize?

Is the top prize paid as a lump sum or an annuity?

What happens if a jackpot winner choose annuity payments and then dies?

What if I lose my ticket?

Do I pay taxes on my lottery winnings?

What is the minimum Powerball jackpot?

What is a ticket exchange?

Can I use a play slip from another Powerball state?

Can you explain what the odds mean?

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