Buying Lottery Tickets at Walgreens

The majority of Walgreens locations in the US sell Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets. It’s possible that certain Walgreens locations might sell other  types of lottery tickets as well, but these are the only two that can be found at most Walgreens locations.

However, because state laws regulate the sale of lottery tickets, not all Walgreens locations are permitted to supply lottery tickets. For example, Walgreens locations in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah do not sell lottery tickets of any kind, as this would violate state law.

Lottery Tickets at Walgreens

Are Lottery Tickets Available At All Walgreens Stores?

Unfortunately, not all Walgreens stores sell lottery tickets. However, most do.

The exact number of Walgreens stores that sell lottery tickets is unclear, because the information available online is very inconsistent. Depending on where you look, sources claim that there are only 8000 Walgreens stores in the US in total, while other sources claim that that number is above 9000. Still other sources claim that 9000 Walgreens stores sell lottery tickets, but this seems to be impossible based on other available information.

All we can confirm is that lottery tickets can be purchased at Walgreens locations in 45 of the 50 US states.

How To Buy Lottery Tickets At Walgreens

To purchase a lottery ticket at Walgreens, simply visit your local Walgreens location and find the customer service counter. Let an associate at the counter know that you would like to buy a lottery ticket and they will assist you with your purchase.

It’s possible that some Walgreens locations might also have lottery ticket machines or kiosks where you can purchase your tickets without speaking to an associate. However, we were unable to confirm this information online.

While some sources claim that you can purchase lottery tickets through, this is not true.

Lottery Ticket Costs

Lottery tickets vary in price by location and type of ticket.

In most cases, Powerball tickets cost $2 each, while Mega Millions tickets cost $3. However, there are different types of tickets for each lottery, so the prices will vary depending on the type of ticket you choose. For example, some tickets qualify you for jackpot winnings, while others do not, and jackpot tickets tend to cost more.

How Much Is Tax On A Lottery Ticket?

As far as we can tell, most states do not charge retail sales tax on lottery tickets. 

However, if you win a large sum through the lottery, you will be subject to pay as high as 37% in taxes on your winnings.

How To Cash Out Lottery Tickets At Walgreens

If you win cash on a lottery ticket you purchased at Walgreens, simply visit any register in the store (or the customer service desk) to receive a cash out for your ticket. As long as your winnings aren’t too high, they should be able to offer you cash on the spot.

However, if you get lucky and win a large amount, you will be directed to contact the lottery directly to claim your winnings.

Best Time To Buy Lottery Tickets

Any time during the Walgreens opening hours is a fine time to buy a lottery ticket. You cannot reasonably increase your chances of winning by buying tickets at a certain time of time or on a specific day of the week.

To find out the opening hours of your nearest Walgreens location, click here.


Do scratch-off tickets exist at Walgreens?

Yes. Walgreens sells a variety of scratch-off lottery tickets.

Does Powerball at Walgreens have a web-based version?

No. You cannot currently purchase Powerball tickets through Walgreens online, despite some inaccurate claims from other sources.

Can you buy Powerball and Mega Millions tickets online?

Yes, but only in certain states. According to Mega Million, “if you are in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the District of Columbia, you may buy Mega Millions® tickets online by registering with the lotteries in those jurisdictions.”

To play Powerball online, follow these instructions…

Which lottery tickets win the most?

According to Lend EDU, most lottery winnings come from $1 scratch-off tickets. However, these winnings tend to be quite small. Powerball currently has the largest jackpot, at $2.04 billion.

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