DES MOINES, Iowa ( Associated Press) – The record-breaking Powerball drawing has been pushed back to Monday night and will likely take place on Tuesday morning, the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement. Organizers said the $1.9 billion grand prize was delayed because one of the participating lotteries was having trouble processing sales.
“The Powerball requires all 48 participating lotteries to submit their sales and run data before a winning number can be selected. Once Powerball has received the remaining deliveries, drawing can proceed,” Lottery said in a statement to the Associated Press.
“It is against our policy to identify lotteries that experience delays,” the organization added at 10:59 p.m. EST, about three hours after the scheduled draw time.
Video of the winning numbers and drawing will be posted on the Powerball website and YouTube channel. Players must keep their tickets, the statement said.
The grand prize is about $400 million larger than the previous record, and will continue to grow until someone wins. Only four past jackpots have reached $1 billion, but none have come close to the current jackpot, which started at $20 million on 6 August and has been rising for three months without a winner. No one has won the grand prize since August 3.
A winner who chooses to receive his prize in annual installments over 29 years will receive approximately $1.9 billion. Most winners prefer a single cash payout, which in Monday’s drawing will be $929.1 million.
Although the two-dollar discount per ticket drew more people, the slim chances of winning, one in $292.2 million, meant that there was still a good chance that another draw would go without a winner. This would take the jackpot on Wednesday to over $2 billion.
The lottery is played in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.