Powerball jackpot to be delayed as claims pile up

Powerball announces delay to record-breaking $1.9B drawing

NEW YORK (AP) — The $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot is likely to be delayed as claims continue to pile up. The California-based lottery operator, lottery officials said Monday, will post a notice when the largest prize pool draws in the U.S. next month will be held. In recent weeks, millions of dollars in additional sales have been reported.

More Powerball winners — up to $1.76 billion total — have been reported since last Friday.

The winning numbers for Tuesday’s drawing were 3, 24, 33, 42, 48, 54, 55 and the Powerball is valued at $20 million.

The largest Powerball jackpot in U.S. history, $656 million, was hit in April 2012. The jackpot was won by a man from California.

The Powerball is a national lottery that plays every month based on three ormore numbers drawn randomly from a random selection of numbers. The lottery has been wildly popular ever since it began in Australia in April 2000. In 2010, more than 500 million Powerball lottery tickets were sold, and ticket sales have been steady ever since.

For years, the lottery has been widely praised as a highly profitable ticket-selling machine for big industry players like convenience store chain Char-Ran to corporate giants like McDonald’s.

Powerball lottery officials said the drawing will be on Tuesday between 7 and 9 p.m. EST (0000 GMT Thursday). The ticket sales will begin at 8 p.m. EST (0000 GMT Wednesday).

The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million with a Powerball of $20 million.

The average winning ticket sold in America last year was worth $160, while the average winning ticket sold in California in 2016 was worth $400.

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