Powerball delays record-breaking $1.9 billion draw via ‘Security Protocol’

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Powerball announced Monday night that the record-breaking $1.9 billion draw “has been delayed because a participating lottery takes additional time to complete required security protocols.”

“Powerball has strict safety requirements that all 48 lotteries must meet before a draw can take place. When the required security protocols are completed, the draw will be conducted under the supervision of lottery security officials and independent auditors,” a statement said.

In an emailed statement to inquiries from The Associated Press, the Multi-State Lottery Association said the delay was due to a participating lottery taking additional time to process sales. “We still plan to hold the Powerball draw tonight,” the statement said, although no timing was given.

Rich Pedroncelli via Associated Press

Who will win a record $1.9 billion in the Powerball lottery?

The jackpot is almost $400 million bigger than the previous record jackpot and will continue to grow until someone wins the prize. Only four previous jackpots have surpassed $1 billion, but none come close to the current prize, which started at $20 million on August 6 and has grown over three winless months. Since August 3, no one has won the jackpot.

A winner who chooses an annuity, paid annually over 29 years, will get the estimated payout of $1.9 billion. Nearly all winners opt for cash instead, which would be $929.1 million for Monday’s draw.

The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

The game is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

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