More than three months passed without anyone winning the jackpot. The ticket was sold in California
The winning numbers drawn Tuesday morning at the Florida Lottery drawing studio in Tallahassee were: white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, and the red Powerball was 10 (REUTERS/David ' Dee' Delgado)
Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in California won the record $2.04 billion jackpot after more than three months without anyone achieving the biggest jackpot in history.
The winning numbers drawn Tuesday morning at the Florida Lottery drawing studio in Tallahassee were: white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, and the red Powerball was 10.
The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe's Service Center in Altadena, northeast of Los Angeles. A voicemail left for Joe's Service Center was not immediately returned.
The jackpot was by far the largest lottery jackpot ever won, surpassing the previous record of $1.586 billion won by three Powerball ticket holders in 2016.
The Multi-State Lottery Association said the drawing scheduled for Monday night was pushed back nearly 10 hours to Tuesday because a participating lottery had trouble processing sales.
The jackpot was initially reported as an estimated $1.9 billion on Monday, but the jackpot was increased to $2.04 billion on Tuesday morning after updated calculations.
The jackpot is over $400 million larger than the previous record jackpot. Only four previous jackpots have exceeded $1 billion, but none of them come close to the jackpot The current one, which started at USD 20 million on August 6 and for three months without winning has become increasingly massive. No one has won the jackpot since August 3rd.
Problems holding a draw on Monday night were attributed to a participating lottery's inability to process its sales data.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
“Powerball requires the 48 participating lotteries to submit their sales and game before the winning numbers are selected. Once Powerball receives the pending submission, the drawing can proceed,” the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement.
Nearly three hours after the draw scheduled for Monday at 10:59 p.m. m. EST, the association told The Associated Press: “It is against our policy to name the lottery that is experiencing the delay.” Later Tuesday morning, the association said in a new statement that Powerball was “in communication with the lottery throughout the night as it works to resolve the issue.”
Terry Rich, a former director of the Iowa Lottery who was also on the Powerball board, said the delay was likely due to a two-part verification system for ticket sales that uses a third-party vendor to ensure everything is in order. order before the game. numbers are drawn.
“Each state must verify through a dual process that all sales and dollars match before the Multi-State Lottery Association can conduct the drawing,” he said Rich, who led the Iowa Lottery for 10 years and was president of the North American Lottery Association. “This is a state-by-state procedure, separating the entire process, and it has been very effective.”
Rich said state lotteries face similar problems several times a year, but delays usually don't attract much attention because the potential jackpots are much smaller than what was available this week.
Winning numbers and recorded video of the draw were posted on the YouTube channel of Powerball.
The prize of USD2.04 billion is for a winner who chooses an annuity, paid annually for 29 years. Nearly all winners opt for cash, valued at $997.6 million.
Odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.
The game is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
With AP information