The world record $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot drawing has been delayed due to a technical glitch

Des Moines, Iowa – Powerball announced Monday night’s world-record $1.9 billion drawing was “delayed due to a participating lottery requiring additional time to complete necessary safety protocols.”

“Powerball has strict security requirements that must be met by all 48 lotteries before the drawing can take place. Once the required security protocols are completed, the drawing will be conducted under the supervision of lottery security officers and independent auditors,” a statement said.

In an emailed statement to The Associated Press, the Multi-State Lottery Association said the delay resulted in participating lotteries needing more time to process its sales. “We still plan to hold the Powerball drawing tonight,” the statement said, though no time was given.

Powerball did not say which state was causing the delay.

Once the issue is resolved, the winning numbers will be posted on Powerball.com and a recording of the drawing will be available on the Powerball YouTube channel.

The jackpot is nearly $400 million larger than the previous record jackpot and will continue to grow until someone hits the jackpot.

The winner, who chooses an annuity paid annually over 29 years, will receive an estimated $1.9 billion payout. Almost all winners choose cash, with $929.1 million up for grabs on Monday.

The grand prize hit $1.9 billion over the weekend, a record for any lottery, anywhere Last drawing on Saturday.

Only four previous jackpots have topped $1 billion, but none come close to the current prize, which started at $20 million on Aug. 6 and has grown even bigger in three winless months. No one has won the jackpot since Aug. 3.

Anticipation over the lottery’s estimated prize money has grown steadily over the past three months, with dozens of Powerball rounds passing without anyone taking home the entire jackpot. The The last big prize A winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania in early August, and the prize fund has been growing ever since.

How to play Powerball

According to lottery officials, interested players can sell Powerball tickets for $2 per play in all 45 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. But while the odds of winning any prize during a Powerball drawing are said to be roughly 1 in 25, the odds of a player hitting the jackpot are significantly lower, about 1 in 292 million, officials say.

When buying a Powerball ticket, the player is asked to choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one number from 1 to 26, with a total of six figures printed on a play slip. Those who don’t want to pick numbers can choose a lottery terminal and pick their numbers randomly.

Small prizes are awarded to players who hold tickets with numbers that partially match the order announced during the drawing. To win the jackpot, the ticket must match all six numbers called, including the final Powerball number.

Emily Mae Czachor contributed reporting.

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