Winning Powerball numbers drawn for record $2 billion jackpot

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After 40 draws without a jackpot winner, there was a winner of the estimated $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot – the game’s biggest quarter-century prize.

The winning numbers (56-41-33-47-10 and the red Powerball 10) were drawn on Tuesday after an unusual delay of several hours due to a technical problem.

The winning ticket was sold in California at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena on state lottery says.

The draw, originally scheduled for Monday evening, was delayed, the The Michigan Lottery announced on Twitter, as a participating lottery was “still processing its sales and play data”.

Powerball requires all 48 participating lotteries to submit key information ahead of the draw, the statement said.

“Powerball has strict security requirements to protect the integrity of the game and remains committed to conducting a sweepstakes that gives all players a fair chance to win,” he added.

The Minnesota Lottery took responsibility for the delay, saying in a statement that “after unprecedented interest in the lottery, Minnesota’s lottery sales verification system caused a processing delay.”

“The delay was necessary to confirm that the Powerball drawing could be performed safely and accurately,” the statement added. “At no time was the integrity of the process compromised.”

The winner will choose between receiving the $2.04 billion in 30 payments over the next three decades or taking a lump sum of $997.6 million all at once.

Under California law, the state lottery is required to release the full name of the winner, the name and location of the retailer who sold the ticket, and the total prize, depending on the California Lottery website.

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The jackpot exceeds the previous record of $1.586 billion won in January 2016 and divided by three winners.

These are the only two times a winning Powerball jackpot has exceeded $1 billion, according to Powerball. Mega Millions, a different lottery game, has topped the $1 billion jackpot three times, most recently in July when a $1.337 billion ticket was sold in Illinois.

The Powerball organization started in 15 states and now operates in 45 states, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates Powerball, changed the game’s format in October 2015, The Washington Post reported the following year.

The association increased the number of these white balls that fill the cup from 59 to 69, which doubled the white ball combinations, The Post reported. The odds of winning the jackpot have increased from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million. But the group has made it easier to win prizes without a jackpot, by reducing the number of red Powerballs to 26 from 35 – jackpot winners must correctly guess five numbers and the final red ball.

Tuesday’s draw was the first since August 3 to win the jackpot for a player, after 40 consecutive draws without a big winner. It equaled the previous record for the longest period without a jackpot winner, which ended in November 2021 with a jackpot of almost 700 million dollars.

Nearly 100 people have won lower-tier prizes of $1 million or more since Aug. 3, according to Pennsylvania Lottery executive director Drew Svitko, who chairs the Powerball product group.

In addition to the jackpot winner, a Powerball player in Florida took home a $2 million prize for matching all five white numbers with a Power Play ticket multiplying the prize money, while 22 other players won $1 million. dollars for getting all five white balls correctly.

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Top 10 Powerball jackpots, according to a Powerball press release:

1. $2.04 billion — November 8, 2022 (California)

2. $1.586 billion — January 13, 2016 (California, Florida, Tennessee)

3. $768.4 million — March 27, 2019 (wis.)

4. $758.7 million — August 23, 2017 (Mass.)

5. $731.1 million — January 20, 2021 (Maryland.)

6. $699.8 million — October 4, 2021 (California)

7. $687.8 million—October 27, 2018 (Iowa, NY)

8. $632.6 million—January 5, 2022 (California, Wisconsin)

9. $590.5 million — May 18, 2013 (Florida.)

10. $587.5 million—November 28, 2012 (Arizona, Missouri)

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