Historic Powerball draw delayed after lottery sales hitch

Historic Powerball drawing delayed after lottery sales hitch
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The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has confirmed that Monday’s Powerball draw has been delayed due to accounting issues at a single participating lottery.

The highly-anticipated draw, featuring the highest jackpot in history, was due to commence on Monday evening (November 7), but has now been pushed back.

“The Powerball drawing scheduled for Monday, November 7, remains delayed,” said MUSL in a statement.

“Currently, one participating lottery is still processing its sales and play data. Powerball requires all 48 participating lotteries to submit their sales and play data prior to the winning numbers being selected. Once Powerball receives the outstanding submission, the drawing can proceed.

“Powerball has stringent security requirements to protect the integrity of the game and remains committed to holding a drawing that gives all players a fair chance to win.

“Due to the length of the draw delay, it is likely that we will not know the official results of the Powerball drawing until Tuesday morning. Players should hold onto their tickets.”

It has not been revealed which lottery is the source of the delay, but the California Lottery has cleared itself of any involvement on its Twitter account.

“There is an issue in another state. It is not due to any delays at the California Lottery.”

The jackpot currently stands at $1.9bn, beating the previous world record Powerball jackpot of $1.58bn in January 2016 and the Mega Millions record of $1.53bn, which was won in 2018.

The next draw will be the 41st in its current run; failure to find a winner in Saturday’s drawing ensured a record was matched for draws without a winner, echoing a feat set in 2021.