How to win the $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot without leaving your home
You can take your shot at the near-record Powerball jackpot without leaving your home or stepping foot into a store.
The annuity value of the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is $1.2 billion ($596.7 million cash), the second-largest in the game's history and the fourth-largest ever for a U.S. lottery.
Once upon a time, it would require a trip to an authorized lottery retailer and a possible wait in line for a ticket.
Now, there are options.
- The website Lotto.com allows players to go to a website and play online using their free account. Tickets are paid for with a credit card. Winnings of less than $600 are deposited into a player's bank account. A win of more than $600 must still be claimed at lottery headquarters.
- The lottery also has an agreement with the Jackpocket app. Players download the app and play their numbers. The app creates a digital ticket that looks like one purchased at a store. Winners are notified of their wins by the app. Players can also join a pool with others.
The New Jersey Lottery has self-serve vending machines that have been available at retail locations since 2013. Players can print their own tickets after feeding the machine cash.
The Powerball drawing is at 11 p.m.