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Powerball announces postponement of record $1.9 billion draw

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball draw was delayed Monday and official results likely won’t be known until later Tuesday, the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement. The Powerball’s record $1.9 billion draw was delayed because a participating lottery had problems processing sales, officials said.

“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 may proceed,” the lottery said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Nearly three hours after the scheduled draw at 10:59 p.m. EST, the association told the AP, “It is against our policy to name the lottery that is experiencing the delay.”

Winning numbers and recorded video of the draw will be published on the Powerball website and YouTube channel. Players should keep their tickets, the statement said.

The jackpot is nearly $400 million higher than the previous record jackpot and will continue to grow until someone wins the prize. Only four previous jackpots have surpassed $1 billion, but none of them come close to the current prize, which started at $20 million on August 6 and over three months without a win has grown steadily higher. 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.

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. With odds of 1 in 292 million, this means that anyone is unlikely to win 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 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, a 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.

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