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The draw for Monday night’s record $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot has been postponed due to the need for more time to implement safety procedures, the California Lottery announced.
“When the required security protocols are complete, the draw will be conducted under the supervision of lottery security officers and independent auditors,” the state lottery said.
Tonight’s Powerball® draw has been postponed because participating lotteries require additional time to complete required safety protocols. Powerball has strict security requirements that all 48 lotteries must meet in order to be drawn. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/jQZJQIPJXr
– California Lottery (@calottery) November 8, 2022
The Multistate Lottery Association confirmed the reason for the delay, saying participating lotteries needed additional time to process sales, according to the Associated Press. “We are still planning to hold the Powerball draw tonight,” the association said.
The current Powerball jackpot starts on August 2 at $20 million. 6 and has grown for three winless months. Lottery officials estimate the odds of a winning number are 1 in 292.2 million.
Lottery officials said Monday’s lottery winners would have received an estimated $929.1 million if they opted for the one-time payment, according to the Associated Press. The winner who chooses to pay the annuity annually over 29 years will receive the full $1.9 billion.
Had no winner been announced on Monday, the jackpot in Wednesday’s draw would have been more than $2 billion.
All 48 jurisdictions must meet security protocols before the draw can take place. Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.