NEW YORK (WABC) — The drawing of the $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot has been delayed due to a problem with ‘security protocols.’
In a statement released Monday night, lottery officials said the delay was due to participating lotteries “requiring additional time to complete necessary security protocols.”
Powerball has strict security requirements that must be met by all 48 lotteries before a drawing can take place,” Powerball said in a statement. “When the necessary security protocols are completed, the drawing will be conducted under under the supervision of lottery security officers and independent inspectors.”
The winning numbers and drawing video will be posted on the Powerball website and YouTube channel.
The slow picture seemed to be the only thing slowing down the record-breaking jackpot, which continued to rise before Monday night.
The gross salary stands at $1.9 billion with a cash option of $929.1 million.
The Powerball jackpot started after no ticket matching six numbers was drawn on Saturday night.
Despite no jackpot winning ticket, more than 10.9 million tickets won cash prizes totaling $102.2 million in Saturday’s drawing.
You can watch the Powerball drawing at 11pm every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, at abc7ny.com/lottery, and on our channel 24/7.
Big winners include 16 tickets (CA-3, CO-2, FL, GA, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NY, PA-2, SD) that match five white balls to win a prize of $1 million. One ticket in Kentucky won the $2 million prize by matching all five white balls and including the Power Play option for an additional $1 per game.
There were also 219 tickets nationwide that won the $50,000 prize, and another 51 tickets that won the $150,000 prize.
The Powerball jackpot has not been won in three months.
Monday’s drawing would have been the 41st Powerball drawing since the jackpot was last won on August 3 in Pennsylvania. The jackpot streak tied the game’s record for the number of consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner. The only other Powerball jackpot run of 41 consecutive drawings ended on Oct. 4, 2021, with a $699.8 million winner in California.
The new jackpot tops the previous record prize of $1.586 billion won in 2016 by three Powerball players in California, Florida and Tennessee.
Powerball is played in 45 states, including Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Mega Millions also airs on abc7ny.com/lottery on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 p.m.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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