Powerball jackpot up to a dizzying, world record $1.9B – Trending News

Monday’s night’s Powerball drawing with a historic $1.9 billion jackpot was delayed, and the Multi-State Lottery Association said extra time was needed to complete security protocols.

The estimated jackpot size is a world record after more than three months without winners, game officials have said.

The lottery association said it planned to hold the drawing Monday night but gave no estimate for when.

“We have one participating lottery that needs additional time to process its sales,” the association said in a statement, adding that “this has happened a few rare times before — just not when the jackpot was at a newsworthy amount.”

The last winning Powerball ticket was drawn Aug. 3 by a lucky Pennsylvanian.

A winner can choose to take the prize in 30 payments over 29 years or as a single lump-sum payment. Most winners take the one-time cash payment, which is estimated to be $929.1 million.

Only two previous winning lotteries have surpassed $1.5 billion.

A lone South Carolina player had the winning ticket of a $1.53 billion Mega Millions game in 2018. Three winning tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee in a $1.58 billion Powerball in 2016.

The chances of picking all six numbers correctly are 1 in 292.2 million.

But Dr. Adam Cheriff still prescribed himself some tickets, which he bought at a smoke shop near New York City’s Grand Central Terminal at lunchtime Monday.

“I don’t plan on winning,” Cheriff, 50, said with a smile. “I guess it’s just that classic case of fear of missing out.”

Elevator repairman Clive Ryan, 60, came to the U.S. 32 years ago from Jamaica — or as he put it, “32 winters ago.”

A snowbird’s paradise back on the island would be at the top of Ryan’s shopping list if he won, knowing his $10 Powerball investment Monday probably won’t get him back to Jamaica this winter.

“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, so this is my only vice,” he said. “But, hey, maybe this could be my lucky day. You never know.”

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