Des Moines, Iowa – The Powerball draw for the world record $1.9 billion jackpot scheduled for Monday night has been delayed – and official results are unlikely to be known until later on Tuesday, the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement. communicated.
“Powerball requires all 48 participating lotteries to submit their sales and play data before winning numbers are selected. Once Powerball receives the outstanding submission, the draw can proceed,” the association said.
The state with the problems was not named.
On Tuesday morning, the association said in a new statement that Powerball was “in communication with the lottery throughout the night as they work to resolve the issue.”
“Like the rest of America, Powerball is eager to hold its World Record Jackpot draw, however, protecting the integrity of the draw is of the utmost importance, even if it means additional delay.” , the statement said.
California Lottery officials tweeted additional information:
Winning numbers and recorded video of the draw will be published on the Powerball website and YouTube channel. Players should keep their tickets, the Multi-State Lottery Association statement said.
The jackpot is almost $400 million higher thanand will continue to grow until someone wins the prize.
Only four previous jackpots have exceeded $1 billion, but none have even come close to the current jackpot, which started at $20 million on August 6 and over three months without a win has grown increasingly massive. No one has won the jackpot since August 3.
A winner who chooses an annuity, paid annually over 29 years, would receive the estimated payout of $1.9 billion. Almost all of the winners are opting for cash instead, which for Monday’s draw would be $929.1 million.
All prize amounts are before taxes.
Even as more and more people lured by the giant prize drop $2 on a Powerball ticket, the game’s ultra-long odds of 1 in 292.2 million mean there’s still a good chance of another draw. succeed without anyone winning the grand prize. This would bring Wednesday’s draw jackpot to over $2 billion.
Those spending $2 on a Powerball ticket might wonder if something is wrong when 40 draws pass without a jackpot winner, but that’s how the game is designed: the odds of 1 in 292 million make it unlikely that anyone ‘one wins the prize until an increasing number of jackpot attracts more players. And more ticket sales mean the lottery can raise more money for public programs, which is the purpose of state lotteries. However, it has been a very long time without a jackpot and if there is no winner on Tuesday because of the delay, another type of record will have been reached: 41 draws without anyone matching all six numbers.
The game is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2 each.
Powerball drawings air live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET and stream live at Powerball.com.
When purchasing a Powerball ticket, the player is asked to choose five numbers between 1 and 69, and one number between 1 and 26, for a total of six numbers printed on a game slip. Those who prefer not to select the numbers themselves can opt for the lottery terminal to choose their numbers at random.
Smaller prizes are distributed to players who hold tickets with numbers that partially match the announced sequence in a draw. To win the jackpot, a ticket must match all six numbers, including the final Powerball number.
— Emily Mae Czachor contributed reporting.
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