Powerball player wins $1.33B jackpot after hours of delay

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Worth the wait!

The winning ticket for the $1.33 billion Powerball jackpot was sold in Oregon after Saturday night's drawing was pushed back more than three hours due to “pre-draw procedures.”

The winning numbers are 22, 27, 44, 52, 69 and the red Powerball is 9.

The lucky winning ticket holder can choose between a $1.33 billion prize paid over 29 years or a one-time lump sum of $621.1 million.

The win was the fourth largest in the game's history and only the sixth lucky player from the Beaver State to go home with the Powerball grand prize, the last time that occurred in June 2018. State Lottery Website.

It was not immediately clear where the lucky ticket was purchased and who the winner was.

Oregon law requires that lottery winner names be published.

The new millionaire has 60 days to claim their winnings.

Results of the jackpot were delayed several hours due to a Participant Lottery requiring “additional time to complete necessary pre-draw procedures enacted to protect the security and integrity of the Powerball game.”

Each ticket sold across the country must be checked and verified against two different computer systems before numbers are drawn, Powerball said.

The drawing took place at 2:30 am on Sunday morning instead of the usual 11 pm

Saturday night's delay sparked outrage on social media, with players speculating they were cheating the lottery.

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However, this is not the first time the lottery's drawing has been delayed before a billion-dollar winner.

In November 2022, the Powerball drawing was delayed by 10 hours and did not take place until the next morning. According to USA Today.

Eventually winning Edwin Castro's numbers were called and he became the biggest winner in lottery history with his $2.04 billion prize.

Astronomical odds of 1 in 292,201,338 are needed to win the Powerball Grand Prize.

The Powerball jackpot was last won at a Michigan supermarket on January 1st and has gone 40 consecutive drawings without a winner.

A lucky lottery player in Michigan won an $842 million jackpot after matching all six numbers correctly on New Year's Day.

Winner Mich. Played at the Food Castle grocery store in Grand Blanc, and was the first person in the game's history to win the Powerball jackpot on New Year's Day.

At the time of winning it was the eighth largest jackpot in history.

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