$1.9 Billion Powerball Drawing Delayed Due To Security Reasons

Written By Danny Cross on November 8, 2022
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The wait continues for a winner of the biggest Lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The Powerball drawing on Monday, Nov. 7 was delayed due to security reasons.

Current ticket-holders have been asked to check Powerball.com for the winning numbers. If no winner claims the prize, tickets will be available for the next drawing through the Ohio Lottery.

UPDATE: We have a winner: The winning ticket to the record-high $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot was sold in California. The cash value of the ticket is $997.6 Million.

The California Lottery wrote in a tweet:

California Lottery makes its FIRST EVER Billionaire! One lucky ticket sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena matched all 6 numbers in the November 7 #Powerball draw. The final jackpot amount for this draw came to $2.04 BILLION dollars.

Powerball drawing delayed, results pending

The Multi-State Lottery Association released the following statement early Tuesday morning:

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.

The Powerball jackpot grew to a record $2.04 billion after no one claimed the Saturday, Nov. 5 drawing. The cash payout option was an estimated $997.6 million.

The Multi-State Lottery Association noted that the integrity of the Nov. 7 draw is paramount:

Like the rest of America, Powerball is eager to hold its drawing for the world record jackpot, however, protecting the integrity of the draw is of upmost importance, even if that means a further delay. Players should hold onto to their tickets. As soon as the required security procedures are completed by the one outstanding lottery, the drawing can proceed.

Powerball jackpot topped $1 billion for first time, now crossing $2 billion

The Powerball jackpot hit the $1 billion mark last week for only the second time in the game’s history. With no jackpot winner on Oct. 31, the jackpot swelled to $1.2 billion and has continued to climb.

The current Powerball prize is a record-high $2.04 billion for Powerball and any U.S. Lottery drawing.

Ohioans win $1 million Powerball prizes in October

Two Ohio winners claimed $1 million prizes on Oct. 31, matching the first five numbers drawn but missing the Powerball.

On Oct. 15, a player in Cuyahoga County also won $1 million. In the same drawing, a ticket sold in Madison County hit the third-tier prize with Power Play to win $250,000. Without the $1 Power Play add-on, that prize would have been $50,000. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

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Danny Cross is the managing editor of PlayOhio, where he covers the legislative and regulatory process of legalizing sports betting and the latest news on sportsbooks coming to Ohio ahead of Jan. 1, 2023. Cross joined PlayOhio from Pro Football Focus, where he wrote and edited articles on the NFL, fantasy football and betting.

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