Monday night’s $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot draw delayed due to technical issue


Monday night’s Powerball draw, originally scheduled for 10:59 p.m. ET, was delayed due to what the organization called a “technical issue.” Once the issue is resolved, the winning numbers will be published on powerball.com and a recording of the draw will be available on the Powerball YouTube channel, although no time has been given for when the draw will take place.

The California Lottery tweeted that the draw was delayed due to “a participating lottery needing more time to complete required security protocols.”

“Once the required security protocols are complete, the draw will be conducted under the supervision of lottery security officials and independent auditors,” the California Lottery added.

A California Lottery spokesperson told CBS News that the problem did not originate in California.

The Powerball jackpot rose to $1.9 billion over the weekend, setting another record after no player won the grand prize in the last drawing Saturday.

Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night from the lottery drawing studio in Tallahassee, Florida.

Anticipation for the lottery’s estimated prize fund has grown steadily over the past three months, as dozens of Powerball rounds have gone by without anyone taking the full jackpot. The last grand prize went to a winning ticket sold in Pennsylvania in early August, and the prize fund has been growing ever since.

How to Play Powerball

Interested players can purchase Powerball tickets, sold at $2 per game, in 45 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, according to lottery officials. But, while the odds of winning a prize in a Powerball draw would be around 1 in 25, a player’s chance of hitting the jackpot is significantly lower, at around 1 in 292 million, according to officials.

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 called, including the final Powerball number.

Saturday’s draw marked the 40th Powerball draw since the last jackpot was won in August. If no one wins in Monday night’s draw, this Powerball race will become the longest in game history without a grand prize winner.

If one or more Powerball tickets win on Monday, the estimated cash value of the jackpot is $929.1 million, according to the lottery. As usual, winners can choose to collect their prize either as a lump sum payment, which may be collected in full after applicable taxes have been deducted, or as an annuity, which is paid in 30 installments over 29 years.


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