Minnesota’s sales verification system created a processing delay as a result of “record lottery demand,” according to a statement released by the Minnesota Lottery on Tuesday.
“The delay was essential to ensure the Powerball drawing could be completed safely and properly,” added the statement. At no point was the process’s integrity compromised.
A spokeswoman for the Minnesota Lottery said that they did not have any other information regarding what transpired and that the organization would provide additional details after their investigation is complete.
Someone bought the winning Powerball ticket with a record $2.04 billion jackpot in Southern California, not Minnesota, after more than three months without a jackpot winner.
Due to difficulty processing sales data at one of the game’s members’ lotteries, the winning numbers were drawn Tuesday morning, approximately 10 hours after the originally planned drawing on Monday night. Lottery officials recognized the extraordinary delay for such a high-profile drawing but said that the game’s security measures took priority.
“Protecting the integrity of the draw is of the highest importance, and with the collaboration of all participating lotteries, we were able to do so during this historic drawing,” said Drew Svitko, head of the Powerball Product Group and executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
The winning numbers selected Tuesday morning at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee were: 10, 33, 41, 47, and 56 for the white balls, and 10 for the red Powerball.
The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, a foothill hamlet northeast of Los Angeles. The company owner Joe Chahayed will get the maximum Powerball bonus of $1 million for selling the winning ticket.
“I am rather shocked. Highly elated. Chahayed, who was wearing a bright yellow California Lottery shirt and hat, said, “Very delighted.”
Chahayed said that he did not know who got the enormous award, but he hoped it was a local.
“I wish I knew the individual, but the majority of those who purchase tickets from me are locals.” “I’m hoping one of them will win,” he remarked.
Chahayed said that he would spend most of his $1 million on his five children and give the remainder to the community.
Under California law, the winner’s name must be made public, but no other information, including the winner’s address, must be published.
Thomas Murrell said that he stopped at Joe’s on Tuesday morning to purchase petrol and $200 worth of Powerball tickets, just in case he hadn’t won the enormous prize.
“I am acquainted with Joe. “I’ve known him for years and we communicate often,” Murrell added. “Joe has always been fortunate. He is a decent person. I am not shocked that it occurred here.”
The $2.04 billion jackpot was by far the highest reward ever won in a lottery, surpassing the previous record of 1.58 billion won by three Powerball ticketholders in 2016. Only four previous jackpots have exceeded $1 billion, but none of them come close to the current reward, which began at $20 million on August 6 and has increased over three months without a winner. Since August 3, nobody has won the jackpot.
The jackpot was first projected to be $1.9 billion on Monday, but it was upped to $2.04 billion on Tuesday morning after revised calculations.
The Multi-State Lottery Association said that the drawing was postponed from Monday at 10:59 p.m. EST to Tuesday at 8:57 a.m. EST due to the inability of a participating lottery to process its sales data. After Minnesota’s pre-draw formalities were completed, the drawing could proceed.
Terry Rich, a former director of the Iowa Lottery who previously served on the Powerball board, attributed the delay to a two-part verification mechanism of ticket sales that uses an outside vendor to guarantee everything is in order before the game’s number drawing.
“Before the Multi-State Lottery Association can conduct the drawing, each state must verify via a dual procedure that all of the sales and dollars match,” said Rich, who oversaw the Iowa Lottery for ten years and was president of the North American Lottery Association. This state-by-state technique, which isolates the whole operation, has shown to be quite successful.
Rich said that state lotteries face similar issues numerous times a year, but the delays often do not get much notice since the possible prizes are far less than this weeks.
The winning numbers and a video of the drawing were uploaded to the YouTube account for Powerball.
The $2.04 billion reward is payable yearly over 29 years to a winner who selects an annuity. Almost all winners choose cash instead, which was valued at $997.6 million.
The probability of winning the jackpot is 1 in 292,2,000,000.
The sport is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.