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Drawing for record-breaking $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot delayed

Posted at 5:41 AM, Nov 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-08 07:27:46-05

(WXYZ) — The record-breaking $1.9 billion Powerball drawing was delayed Monday night due to security protocols.

The multi-state lottery association says the delay is because a participating lottery needed additional time to process its sales.

In Michigan, nearly 8 million tickets were sold.

In a statement the Powerball team said, "the Powerball drawing scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7 remains delayed due to one participating lottery needing additional time to process its sales and play data. Powerball has been in communication with the lottery throughout the night as it works to resolve the issue. The delay is unfortunate as the other 47 lotteries were able to complete the required security procedures in a timely fashion."

They continue by noting that, "protecting the integrity of the draw is of upmost importance, even if that means a further delay."

According to Powerball, players should hold onto to their tickets and as soon as the required security procedures are completed by the one outstanding lottery, the drawing will proceed.

This new jackpot is $400 million more than the previous record of $1.586 billion. In total there have only been 4 jackpots that have topped $1 billion.

Sales for this jackpot have been going on since August 6 and the last time someone won the Powerball was August 3.

Chances of hitting the jackpot are 1 in 292 million and winners have the option of taking the payout right away instead of having it paid out over 29 years.

The cash payout for this drawing is $929.1 million.

We spoke with some folks this morning about what they would do with all of that money.

"First thing I did was check this morning. Got on the iPad and the numbers weren't pulled. It kind of stinks! Haha. I bought like ten tickets," Powerball player Mark Francis said.