The $1.9 billion Powerball drawing was delayed Monday night because a participating lottery had issues processing sales, officials told the Associated Press.
Powerball says the drawing is still delayed, and winning numbers will likely not be known until later Tuesday morning
“Powerball has strict security requirements that must be met by all 48 lotteries before a drawing can occur. When the required security protocols are complete, the drawing will be performed under the supervision of lottery security officials and independent auditors,” the lottery said in a statement.
In an emailed statement to queries from The Associated Press, the Multi-State Lottery Association said the delay was the result of a participating lottery that needed additional time to process its sales. “We still plan on holding the Powerball drawing tonight,” the statement said, though no timing was provided.
The Powerball jackpot has rolled 40 times since the August 6, 2022 drawing, generating a staggering $97.1 million in contributions to Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).
Jackpot winners have the option to receive their winnings in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum cash option of approximately $929.1 million.
In addition to the jackpot, players have the chance to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million by matching other number combinations.
POWERBALL jackpots start at $20 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-69) and the Power Ball number (1-26). The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1-in-24.87.