The winning numbers for the record $1.9 billion Powerball lottery jackpot are expected to be announced “as soon as possible,” after Monday night’s drawing was delayed, the Multi-State Lottery Association said.
It was not immediately clear when the drawing would be held. As of Tuesday morning, officials had yet to update Powerball.com, which still said the “next drawing” was scheduled for November 7 at 10:59 p.m. ET, or Monday night.
The delay was initially caused by one participating lottery that needed extra time to complete required security protocols, the California Lottery said. Later, the Multi-State Lottery Association released a statement similarly explaining that one participating lottery needed more time to process its sales and play data.
All 48 participating lotteries are required to submit their sales and plays before the winning numbers can be selected, the organization said. “Powerball has stringent security requirements to protect the integrity of the game and remains committed to holding a drawing that gives all players a fair chance to win,” the statement said.
The drawing was initially expected to take place Tuesday morning. But in a follow-up statement, the Multi-State Lottery Association said the drawing “remains delayed,” adding, “We look forward to drawing the winning numbers as soon as possible.”
“Like the rest of America, Powerball is eager to hold its drawing for the world record jackpot, however, protecting the integrity of the draw is of upmost importance, even if that means a further delay,” the statement early Tuesday said, urging players to hold on to their tickets.
“Thank you to our players for their patience,” it added. “We look forward to drawing the winning numbers as soon as possible.”
Neither statement identified which state had yet to complete the necessary protocols, but the California officials said the problem was not due to their lottery.
The delay for the highly anticipated drawing came as the Powerball lottery jackpot swelled to $1.9 billion Monday, according to the California Lottery, making it the largest lotto prize ever offered – just as its organizers intended when they changed the odds in 2015.
There were no winning tickets sold for Saturday’s drawing of an estimated $1.6 billion, already the highest lotto prize offered. The last Powerball jackpot was won on August 3 in Pennsylvania.
That jackpot value is the amount a winner would get if they took 30 graduated annual installments, though a winner can also choose the cash option to get a single lump sum of lesser value. For the $1.9 billion jackpot, the winner can choose between getting 30 equal payments of about $63 million per year or receiving a lump sum cash value of about $929 million.
The largest Powerball jackpot ever won was in January 2016, when three winners split a prize advertised at $1.586 billion. Each took their share of the cash value, which added up to $983.5 million.
Yes, that means the cash value of the current “record” $1.9 billion jackpot is less than the cash value of the $1.586 billion jackpot six years ago. You can thank the Federal Reserve’s recent interest rate hikes for that discrepancy.
Powerball draws take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.
Powerball is played by charging $2 per ticket and having players choose five white balls between the numbers 1 to 69 and a red Powerball from the numbers 1 to 26. If a player gets all six numbers correct, they win the massive jackpot.
The odds of winning the jackpot by matching all 5 numbers and the Powerball number are one in 292.2 million.
Prior to 2015, though, the white balls were numbered 1 to 59 and the Powerball was numbered 1 to 35. The change means that now gamblers have better odds of winning small prizes but worse odds of winning the jackpot, making it more likely that the big number will grow to record sizes.
“This Powerball game is delivering exactly what our players want,” Powerball Product Group Chairperson Drew Svitko said in a statement prior to Saturday’s drawing. “We are witnessing history in the making with this $1.6 billion jackpot! What’s also exciting is that this run has already created millions of winners, including nearly 100 players who have won prizes worth $1 million or more.”