World record $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot draw postponed

DesMoines, Iowa – The Powerball drawing scheduled for Monday night has been delayed and it is likely the official results will not be known until Tuesday morning, the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement.

The world-record-breaking $1.9 billion Powerball draw was held up because a participating lottery needed more time to process its sales, officials said. The state with the problems was not named.

“With Powerball, all 48 participating lotteries must submit their sales and game data before the winning numbers are selected. Once Powerball receives the pending submission, the drawing can proceed,” the lottery said.

California Lottery officials tweeted additional information:

The winning numbers and recorded video of the drawing 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 bigger than that The previous record jackpot on Saturday night of around 1.6 billion US dollars and will continue to grow until someone wins the award.

Only four previous jackpots have surpassed $1 billion, but none have come close to the current one, which started at $20 million on August 6th and has grown in size over three winless months. Nobody has won the jackpot since August 3rd.

A winner choosing an annuity paid annually through 29 years would receive the estimated payout of $1.9 billion. Almost all of the winners opt for cash instead, which would total $929.1 million for Monday’s drawing.

All price amounts are before taxes.

Even as more people drawn to the huge prize lose $2 on a Powerball ticket, the game’s ultra-long odds of 1 in 292.2 million means there’s still a decent chance of another draw passes without anyone winning the grand prize. That would take the jackpot for Wednesday’s draw to over $2 billion.

Those spending $2 on a Powerball ticket might wonder if something is wrong when 40 draws go by without a jackpot winner, but that’s how the game is designed: the odds of 1 in 292 million make it unlikely someone wins the prize until a growing jackpot attracts more players. And more ticket sales mean the lottery can raise more money for public programs, which is the point of state lotteries. Still, it’s an awfully long time without a jackpot, and if there’s no winner at some point on Tuesday due to the delay, a different kind of record has been set: 41 draws without anyone matching all six numbers.

The game is played in 45 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2 each.

Powerball draws will be broadcast live and streamed live on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59pm ET.

When a Powerball ticket is purchased, 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 to be printed on a ticket. Those who prefer not to draw numbers themselves can opt for the lottery terminal to choose their numbers at random.

Smaller prizes are awarded to players holding tickets with numbers partially matching the order announced during a draw. To win the jackpot, a ticket must match all six numbers, including the final Powerball number.

Emily Mae Czachor contributed coverage.


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