CHICAGO– The $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot draw has been delayed as lottery officials work to complete “required security protocols”.
In a statement released late Monday, lottery officials noted that a participating lottery is still processing its sales and play data. Powerball rules state that all requirements must be met by all 48 lotteries before the draw can ‘takes place. When these are completed, the drawing will be done.
Officials say they likely won’t know the results of the draw until Tuesday morning
Winning numbers and draw video will be posted on Powerball’s website and YouTube channel. Players are advised to keep their tickets.
Across the country, some lined up for hours to buy tickets, saying ‘the queue is getting longer and people are still coming in’; “there’s a lot of zeros on it” and “you can’t win if you don’t play”.
This is not the first delay for this giant jackpot.
Last month, the Powerball lottery delayed a draw when the jackpot was $508 million.
In this case, the numbers were finally drawn about an hour after a “technical problem”. Officials did not specify what the problem was.
The jackpot is at an all-time high, eclipsing the previous lottery record of $1.586 billion from a Powerball jackpot in 2016. The top prize was then shared by three winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
The jackpot has a cash value of $929.1 million.
The jackpot increased after no one claimed the top prize in Saturday’s draw. The winning numbers were: 28 45 53 56 69 and Powerball 20
The current Powerball race started on August 4. There have been 40 draws without a jackpot winner.
Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Retailers who sell winning Powerball tickets receive a bonus of 1% of the prize amount.
Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw to claim their prize.
Powerball tickets cost $2 each, and players have the option to add Powerplay for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply prizes without a jackpot.
Powerball drawings take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
10 Biggest Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Won in US Lottery History
1. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
2. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
3. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
4. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
5. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
6. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
7. $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
8. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)
9. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
10. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)
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