The United States of America never stops waiting.
At 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, lottery anchor Laura Johnson informed eager television viewers that the drawing for the record-breaking $1.9 billion Powerball drawings had been postponed because of a “technical glitch.”
We are unable to bring you the Powerball drawing at this time due to a technical issue that we are experiencing tonight. The lottery will be held as soon as we are unable to fix the problem, and results will be posted on Powerball.com,” Johnson added.
Following the delay, lottery organizers released a statement explaining that “a participating lottery needed more time to execute the essential security processes.”
In a statement released at around 2:20 a.m., Anna Domoto of the Multi-State Lottery Association provided additional details about the issue.
“The Monday, November 7 Powerball drawing is still postponed. One of the participating lotteries is still processing the sales and play information. Prior to choosing the winning numbers, Powerball mandates that all 48 participating lotteries submit their sales and play data. The drawing can start once Powerball receives the unfinished entry.
“Powerball is dedicated to hosting drawings that provide every player an equal chance to win and has strict security measures to ensure the game’s integrity.
We probably won’t learn the Powerball drawing’s official results until Tuesday morning due to how long the draw was delayed. Players should keep their tickets safe.”
The Powerball website estimates the lottery prize at a record $1.9 billion with a cash option of $929.1 million. Based on actual sales, the jackpot’s final sum will be determined.
The $1.586 billion that was won playing Powerball in January 2016 was surpassed by it as the biggest jackpot ever (see charts below).
The most recent jackpot win occurred on August 3 night, when a lottery player from Pennsylvania walked away with $206.9 million.
According to the Mega Millions website, the Mega Millions jackpot is currently at $154 million with a cash option of $74.7 million for the drawing on Tuesday.
Lottery winners in New Jersey had to be named until recently, but after Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law, they will be allowed to remain anonymous.
When is the Powerball drawings?
Three times per week, at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, Powerball drawings are held. Drawings on Monday were introduced in 2021.
When can I purchase Powerball tickets?
Don’t wait until the last minute since state-specific deadlines may apply to Powerball ticket purchases. New Jersey has a 9:59 p.m. deadline, while New York has a 10 p.m. deadline on the day of the drawing.
What are Powerball’s rules?
Each ticket costs $2, but you may add the Power Play for $1, increasing your possible prize amount to up to five times the initial payout (except for the jackpot and Match 5).
When the prize is less than $150 million, a 10x Power Play option is also available.
For the white balls, each player chooses five numbers between 1 and 69, and for the red Powerball, they each choose one number between 1 and 26. However, you can also request that the lottery machine create a quick select ticket for you using random numbers.
From $4 for matching the Powerball to $1 million for matching all five white balls (except in California) to the jackpot for matching all six balls, prizes range widely.
Where do I find tickets for the Powerball?
The game is available in 45 states in addition to Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Lottery tickets are widely available at convenience stores, gas stations, and supermarket stores. Online Powerball ticket purchases are permitted in some areas, but watch out for fake websites. Before buying tickets online, find out additional information regarding online sales from your state lottery.
You are not required to be a resident of the state in which you buy your ticket or to be a citizen of the United States.
How can I view the Powerball drawing?
On Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET, the Powerball drawing is streamed live on the lottery website. By clicking here, you can view the drawing.
The drawing might also be shown on a nearby television station in your market.
What are the chances I’ll win?
While playing Powerball can be fun, don’t blow those millions before you win.
292,201,338-to-1 is the odds against winning the jackpot.
There are 11,688,053 to 1 chances against matching all five white balls.
Which Powerball jackpot was the largest?
Here are the top 10 Powerball jackpots since the lottery’s inception in 1992:
- $1.9 billion, Nov. 7, 2022
- $1.586 billion, Jan. 13, 2016: Three wins in Tennessee, Florida, and California
- $768.4 million, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin
- $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts
- $730 million, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland
- $699.8 million, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California
- $687.8 million, Oct. 27, 2018: Two winners in Iowa, New York
- $632.6 million, Jan. 5, 2022: Two winners in California, Wisconsin
- $590.5 million, May 18, 2013: Won in Florida
- $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012: Two winners in Arizona, Missouri
What was the biggest jackpot won in a US lottery ever?
Following is a list of the biggest prizes ever won in the US, split across the Powerball and Mega Millions of lotteries:
- $1.9 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022:
- $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee
- $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina
- $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Illinois
- $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan
- $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin
- $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts
- $730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland
- $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California
- $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018: Two winners in Iowa, New York
- $656 million, March 30, 2012: Three winners in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
- $648 million, Dec. 17, 2013: Two winners in California, Georgia
- $632.6 million, Powerball, Jan. 5, 2022: Two winners in California, Wisconsin
- $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013: Won in Florida
- $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012: Two winners in Arizona, Missouri
- $564.1 million, Powerball, Feb. 11, 2015: Three winners in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas
- $543 million, Mega Millions, July 24, 2018: Won in California
- $536 million, Mega Millions July 8, 20116: Won in Indiana
- $533 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2018: Won in New Jersey
- $522 million, Mega Millions, June 7, 2019: Won in California