Winning numbers for $2.04 billion Powerball pulled after delay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The numbers for a record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot were drawn after a delay, and players awaited the announcement of a possible winner.

The numbers for the Tallahassee, Florida draw were: white balls 10, 33, 41, 47, and 56, and the red Powerball was 10.

The Multi-State Lottery Association says Monday night’s Powerball drawing was moved to Tuesday morning because a participating lottery was having trouble processing sales. The federation said it was against its policy to say which lottery had the delay.

The jackpot was reported as an estimated $1.9 billion on Monday, but was $2.04 billion as of Tuesday morning, according to updated calculations.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The record-breaking $1.9 billion Powerball draw was delayed because a participating lottery was having trouble processing sales and it is likely the results would not be known until later Tuesday will be, officials said.

“With Powerball, all 48 participating lotteries must submit their sales and game data before the winning numbers are selected. Once Powerball receives the pending submission, the drawing can proceed,” the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement.

Nearly three hours after Monday’s scheduled drawing at 10:59 p.m. EST, the association told The Associated Press, “It is against our policy to name the lottery where the delay is occurring.” On Tuesday morning, the association said in a new one Statement that Powerball “was in communication with the lottery throughout the night as they worked to resolve the issue.”

“Like the rest of America, Powerball is committed to holding its world record jackpot drawing, but protecting the integrity of the drawing is paramount, even if it means another delay,” the statement said.

The winning numbers and recorded video of the drawing will be published on the Powerball website and YouTube channel. Players should keep their tickets, the statement said.

The jackpot is almost $400 million bigger than the previous record jackpot and will keep growing 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 6th and has grown in size over three months of no winnings. Nobody has won the jackpot since August 3rd.

A winner choosing an annuity paid annually through 29 years would receive the estimated payout of $1.9 billion. Almost all of the winners opt for cash instead, which would total $929.1 million for Monday’s draw.

Even as more people drawn to the huge prize lose $2 on a Powerball ticket, the game’s ultra-long odds of 1 in 292.2 million means there’s still a decent chance of another draw passes without anyone winning the grand prize. That would take the jackpot for Wednesday’s draw to over $2 billion.

Those spending $2 on a Powerball ticket might wonder if something is wrong when 40 draws go by without a jackpot winner, but that’s how the game is designed. 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 state lotteries.

Still, it’s been an awfully long time without a jackpot, and if there’s no winner sometime on Tuesday due to the delay, a record has been set: 41 draws without anyone matching all six numbers.

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


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