Information on How to Claim a Winning POWERBALL Ticket in California

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If your lucky numbers have come up, you’ll need to know how to claim a winning POWERBALL ticket in California.

How to Claim a Winning California POWERBALL Ticket

The method of claiming the prize for a winning POWERBALL ticket in California depends on the amount of the prize. The POWERBALL Jackpot must be claimed within a year of the draw date. All other prizes must be claimed within 180 days.

For prizes under $600, the prize can be claimed by visiting any lottery retail location. Just bring the ticket for validation. The prize can also be claimed by submitting a Winner Claim Form and your winning lottery ticket to California Lottery’s head office. The form can be picked up wherever lottery tickets are sold or downloaded online from the California Lottery website. Forms from a Lottery Retailer may be out of date so confirm the mailing address online at the California Lottery website if you prefer to send your claim by mail. 

For any prize over $600, the ticket holder must claim the prize at a California Lottery District Office. If you choose to mail a Winner Claim Form for the Jackpot to the head office instead, it must be postmarked within a year of the draw date for the POWERBALL Jackpot.

If you’ve ordered your California state lottery tickets online at, how do you claim your winnings? For tickets winning less than six-hundred dollars, your account is immediately credited and can be used to order more tickets or cashed in. If you cash in, a check will be mailed to your home in your name. Nothing could be simpler than that. For winnings over six-hundred dollars, a visit to the regional state lottery office will be in order. Luckily, this trip can be made on your behalf by an employee of LottoGopher or the winning ticket can be given to you directly and you can make the trip to the regional state lottery office yourself. It’s your winning ticket so it’s your choice!

Once the claim is submitted, it usually takes six to eight weeks for the claim to be processed. Whether the claim is mailed or presented in person at a California Lottery District Office, the claim must be processed in the head office in Sacramento before the prize money is paid out.

Additional Information About Mailing a Winner Claim Form

It’s important to sign your winning ticket before you mail the claim form. Since California Lottery isn’t responsible for lost, late or damaged tickets, keep a copy of your ticket and claim form. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

All POWERBALL winning ticket claims, with the exception of the Jackpot, must be postmarked within 180 days of the draw date or they will be invalid. A Jackpot ticket must be postmarked within a year of the winning draw date to be valid.

Important Information About Claiming a Winning California POWERBALL Ticket 

All winning POWERBALL tickets have to be redeemed in the state where they were purchased. If you have a POWERBALL ticket that was purchased in California, it must be redeemed in that state.

Since it is illegal to sell lottery tickets to people under the age of 18, prizes will not be paid to those underage.

The California Lottery has a legal obligation to report any prizes over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service. Keep all relevant information for tax time and remember to include any claimed winnings over $600 on tax forms.

If you are using to order lottery tickets, any prizes under $600 can be claimed by a LottoGopher representative and deposited in the winner’s account within 24 hours.  Prizes over $600 can also be claimed by on behalf of the winner, with the cheque mailed to the ticket holder within five days.

It’s important to know how to claim a winning POWERBALL ticket in California to avoid any delays when claiming the prize money. simplifies the process for all its users, ensuring you are always listed as the legal owner of every ticket ordered and making claiming your prize money easier and more efficient than ever.