Drawing for $1.9B Powerball jackpot delayed over security protocols

The California Lottery announced late Monday night that it had to delay the Powerball drawing because officials needed more time to complete security protocols, according to CNN.

“Powerball has strict security requirements that must be met by all 48 lotteries before a drawing can occur,” the California Lottery said in a post on social media.

“When the required security protocols are complete, the drawing will be performed under the supervision of lottery security officials and independent auditors. Winning numbers will be posted as soon as they are available,” the California Lottery said.

The estimated $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot is nearly $400 million larger than the previous record jackpot and will keep growing until someone finally wins the prize, according to The Associated Press.

The jackpot started at $20 million on Aug. 6 and over three winless months has grown to be 95 times as large ahead of Monday night’s drawing.

While that’s a long time without a winner, this is how the game is designed. With odds of 1 in 292 million, that means it’s unlikely anyone will 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 point of the state lotteries.

Only four previous jackpots have topped $1 billion, The Associated Press reported.

A winner who chooses for a lump sum payment would get an estimated $929.1 million, with the $1.9 billion for a winner who chose an annuity, paid annually over 29 years, the story said.


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