When the Powerball jackpot closes in on $2 billion, more and more people start to chance their luck. 

Retailers were overwhelmed with the amount of Powerball tickets sold between the most recent draw and the previous one, with some gas station employees even stating they couldn’t perform “regular store maintenance” due to how many people were coming in for lottery tickets. 

Once you got your ticket, you may have been overly eager to see whether or not you won the jackpot.

And while it’s never fun to wait, you may need to wait a little longer to find out if your ticket is the “big winner.” 


According to the California Lottery on Twitter, there was a technical error that has caused a delay in the Monday night lottery drawing. The delay is a result of a “participating lottery needing extra time to complete the required security protocols.” 

It’s unclear what state is experiencing the hold up, but the California Lottery clarified that it was not happening in California. However, they did not specify which jurisdiction, as it is against the lottery’s policy, according to the Associated Press. 

In a statement by the Multi-State Lottery Association, we learned that at least one lottery is still processing its sales and play data, and the Powerball requires all 48 participating lotteries to submit their sales and play data prior to the winning numbers being selected. 

When all of the data is received, the Powerball drawing can move forward. 

The California Lottery didn’t specify when we would find out those numbers, but they said it is likely that we will not know the official results until later on Tuesday morning. 

If you go to the Powerball website, you will see a “results are pending” notice until the issues are resolved. 

You may remember, there was a similar issue a few weeks ago that delayed the Powerball drawing. And back in April, there was another delay of approximately four hours.

People were not happy to learn of the delay and jumped to some crazy conclusions as to whether or not there was a secret draw. There is no secret draw that occurred, and we should know those numbers in the next few hours. 

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