Winning the lottery can transform your life and make your dreams come true. As they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it… that means getting your ticket in plenty of time for the big prize draw. Different lotteries have different cut-off times. Why do lotteries have them? Are they necessary? Here we’ll answer those questions and get into the cut-off points for some of our most popular lottery games…
Why do lotteries need cut off times?
Whatever lottery is your game of choice, the companies that run them go to great efforts to ensure that the results are fair. This necessitates a high level of security controls for every lottery game which take a while to administer. Officials need to ensure that the proper procedures are followed and that the game is fair and honest. These measures are put in place to ensure that every entry has the same chance of winning.
The US Powerball cut-off IS at least 59 minutes before the draw. This means that the absolute latest time that players can buy tickets is 10pm Eastern Standard Time or 5pm GMT.
SuperEnaLotto consistently offers enticingly big wins. What’s more, players have an even larger margin within which they can pick up their tickets. Ticket sales close at 7:30pm Central European Time (6:30pm) GMT, half an hour before the draw. Sales then reopen for the next draw shortly after. Draws take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The UK Lotto draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Wednesday take place at 8pm GMT and Saturday draws at 8:30pm. Sales for both draws close at 7:30pm on the night of the draw and reopen for the next draw shortly after. This applies to both online and in-store players.
EuroMillions draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at approximately 9pm CET (8pm) GMT. Ticket sales for both Tuesday and Friday‘s draws close at 8:30pm CET or 7:30PM GMT. Ticket sales for the next EuroMillions draw re-open at 10pm CET or 9pm GMT after the draw.
Finally, Megamillions draw takes place at 11pm EST on Tuesdays and Fridays. In many states tickets are sold right up until 15 minutes before the draw, although we stop selling tickets at 10pm GMT on the evening of the draw.
For more information on the cutoff times for our lottery games, see the dedicated page for each game.