Lottery enthusiasts were left with a sour taste in their mouths this Monday night. Powerball officials announced the highest-to-date jackpot of $1.9 billion will be delayed until all 48 lotteries submit their data.
The statement explains Powerball’s security requirements are put in place to protect the integrity of the game itself. The delay was made so all players are given a fair chance at winning the big prize in the drawing.
Almost $2 billion on the line
Unfortunately, due to the length of the delay, the results are likely not to be known until at least Tuesday morning; so hold onto your ticket until the security protocols are finished.
So lemme get this straight, #powerball drawing was supposed to be tonight but is now delayed due to “technical issues, election day is tomorrow, solar eclipse is tomorrow (last one for 3 years), and a full moon. What in the fuck is happening? brb while i hide under a rock.
— Jenna (@Jennerrr94) November 8, 2022
The record-breaking jackpot drawing will be conducted under the supervision of lottery security officials, as well as independent auditors once the protocol is finalized. This is fitting, seeing as the current prize exceeds the $1.58 billion jackpot from 2016.
While the advertised prize is usually received over a 29-year period, winners commonly opt for the cash method. It could turn out to be quite the herculean task for any bank teller tasked with counting all that money.
However, the cash estimate for the prize is significantly lower than the advertised winnings, coming in at only $929.1 million. This is still more than enough to last you an entire lifetime if you’re being reasonable with all that money.
nothing like a suspicious 2 billion dollar #powerball mystery to bring the nation together
— Not Lindsay (@n0tIindsay) November 8, 2022
Take the $2B over time or opt for $929M in cash?
So far, there have been 40 consecutive Powerball drawings without a single winner, with the most recent record of a person matching all six numbers being from August 3rd. This is when a ticket from Pennsylvania won the $206.9 million jackpot.
This is to be expected though, as the odds of actually winning a jackpot are one in 292 million, at least according to Powerball officials. Although there’s bound to be multiple winners now that there’s $2 billion or $929 million in cash on the line.
As of the time of writing, Powerball is played in 45 states in the US, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and even the Virgin Islands.
— allie (@plssnoperceive) November 8, 2022
Unfortunately, it’s too late to jump on this lottery hype train. It’s already in the final stages, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a shot next time, especially if no winning tickets are drawn this time around.
One billion dollars in cash is more than enough to turn your whole life around. Considering that one ticket only costs $2, it’s more than a solid investment if you’re feeling lucky enough to win.
Of course, 1/292,000,000 definitely doesn’t sound like it’s in your favor in the slightest, but with 69 numbers to choose from for the first five white balls and only 26 for the red Powerball, it’s still a good deal for the money you’re putting in.
This article appeared in Our Patriot and has been published here with permission.