Mysterious Delay Halts Record $1.9 Billion Powerball Drawing, Putting Players On Edge

With an estimated record jackpot of $1.9 billion, Monday night’s scheduled Powerball draw left players confused.

According to CNN, that’s because Powerball officials didn’t draw numbers. As of Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the Powerball website only stated that the drawing would be held on “May 7th”. November 2022 at 10:59 p.m. EST” and added “Results Pending” under the message, prompting a wave of skepticism on social media.

“We look forward to drawing the winning numbers as soon as possible,” the Multi-State Lottery Association said in a statement early Tuesday morning. “Like the rest of America, Powerball is eager to hold its world record jackpot draw; However, protecting the integrity of the draw is paramount, even if it means another delay.”

Lottery officials issued a statement explaining why no drawing took place and accused a “participating lottery” of failing to fully process its “sales and play data,” resulting in an unprecedented delay in the drawing of the life-changing Powerball prize.


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The statement ended by asking players to “hold their ticket”.

Finally, later Tuesday morning, Powerball officials pulled the winning numbers and updated the Powerball website.

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“JUST IN – CHECK YOUR LOTTERY TICKETS: Winning numbers for record $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot to be released with delay,” Insider Paper tweeted with a picture of the winning numbers.

In a tweeted statement, the California Lottery elaborated on the unusual and extremely rare delay in drawing numbers.

“Tonight’s Powerball® drawing has been delayed due to a participating lottery requiring additional time to complete required security protocols. Powerball has strict security requirements that all 48 lotteries must meet before a drawing can take place,” California Lottery tweeted in a two-part statement.

It added: “Once the necessary security protocols are in place, the drawing will be conducted under the supervision of lottery security officials and independent auditors. The winning numbers will be published as soon as they are available. Thanks for your patience.”


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Still, the situation triggered an avalanche of questions and conspiracy theories on social media. The fact that it happened on the eve of Election Day reinforced these theories.

“Powerball drawing delayed due to technical difficulties? Sounds suspicious,” wrote one Twitter user.

If an individual or group has managed to match the winning numbers for the record-breaking $2 billion jackpot — the largest jackpot in lottery history — they have the option of taking a 29-year annuity or joining one Cashing out a lump sum of about $929 million, Fortune reported.

If there are no winners in the last draw, the Powerball jackpot for the next draw, scheduled for Wednesday night, is expected to soar to well over $2 billion.

Gambling is a losing game for the majority of players, and even many winners lose over time. According to CNBC, “Lottery winners are more likely to file for bankruptcy within three to five years than the average American.”

Gambling can also be an addiction. If you or someone you know is addicted to gambling, call the National Council on Problem Gambling at 1-800-522-4700 or visit their website. The National Problem Gambling Helpline Network also offers text and chat services at the number above.

Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and author. During the 2014 Ferguson riots, he began covering news and writing op-eds. Before that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.

Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance writer covering politics and breaking news. He previously worked as a columnist and web editor for an award-winning local newspaper. When he’s not writing, he’s honing his competitive BBQ skills. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Truth Social.

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