NEW YORK (WABC) — The drawing for the $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot has been delayed due to problems with ‘security procedures’.
In a statement released Monday night, lottery officials said the delay was due to lottery participants “needing additional time to complete required security procedures do.”
“Powerball has a strict security system that requires all 48 lottery tickets to be met before a drawing can occur,” Powerball said in a statement. “Once the required security procedures are completed, the drawing will be subject to the supervision of security officers and independent auditors.”
Winning numbers and videos of the drawing will be posted on the Powerball website and YouTube channel.
The delay appears to be the only reason for the delay in the recording, which continued to increase until Monday night.
The grand prize stands at $1.9 billion with a cash option of $929.1 million.
The Powerball jackpot rolled after no tickets matched all six numbers drawn on Saturday night.
Although there were no jackpot winning tickets, more than 10.9 million tickets won cash prizes totaling $102.2 million in Saturday’s drawing.
You can watch the Powerball drawing at 11 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, at abc7ny.com/lottery, and on our 24/7 streaming channel.
The grand prize consists of 16 tickets (CA-3, CO-2, FL, GA, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NY, PA-2, SD) that match all five free balls. win a $1 million prize. A ticket in Kentucky wins a $2 million prize by matching all five free balls and includes a Power Play option for an additional $1 per game.
There were also 219 tickets nationwide that won a $50,000 prize, and another 51 tickets that won a $150,000 prize.
The Powerball jackpot has not been won in three months.
Monday’s drawing will be the 41st Powerball drawing since the jackpot was last won on August 3 in Pennsylvania. The jackpot streak tied the game record for the number of consecutive drawings without a big prize winner. The only other Powerball jackpot run of 41 consecutive drawings ended on October 4, 2021, with a $699.8 million winner in California.
The new jackpot tops the 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 is also broadcast at abc7ny.com/lottery on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 p.m.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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