'How do ping pong balls suffer tech issues?' Internet erupts after Powerball's $1.9B lottery draw DELAYED

Officials' need for additional time to complete necessary “security protocols" caused the drawing to Powerball’s $1.9 billion jackpot to get delayed

'How do ping pong balls suffer tech issues?' Internet erupts after Powerball's $1.9B lottery draw DELAYED
Powerball players across the country waited restlessly for the latest record-smashing drawing (Representational image by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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Lottery officials' need for additional time to complete necessary “security protocols" caused the drawing of Powerball’s record-breaking $1.9 billion jackpot to be delayed. After the 11pm drawing, Powerball issued a statement announcing the delay. It is unclear how long lottery officials could take to resolve the issue.

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“Powerball has strict security requirements that must be met by all 48 lotteries before a drawing can occur,” officials said in a statement, according to New York Post. “When the required security protocols are complete, the drawing will be performed under the supervision of lottery security officials and independent auditors.”

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Powerball players across the country waited restlessly for the latest record-smashing drawing. It could give them a prize of $1.9 billion or $929.1 million in one lump-sum payment. Monday night’s expected Powerball drawing would be the 41st consecutive one that had no jackpot winner. A number of customers did cash in on prizes of $1 million or $2 million during the span, dating back to early August, but no one bagged the grand prize. 

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Social media turned to jokes after the delay, one one user writing on Twitter, "In 2022, a billion-dollar lottery drawing is delayed because there are technical difficulties with a machine that rolls five white balls down a plastic tube." Another user joked, "I know I won that powerball and the 'delay' is a plot against me". "Can’t wait for the Powerball Delay Scandal miniseries/documentary on Netflix in 5 months," one user said.

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"How exactly do ping pong balls experience a technical delay? Looking at you, Powerball," one user wrote, while another said, "I’ve never been so annoyed that there’s been a delay in finding out I’m a loser." "The irony of this delay w/Powerball happening the night before a blood moon lunar eclipse is not lost on me whatsoever," one user commented.

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