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One big winner in $2B Powerball drawing

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Posted at 5:15 AM, Nov 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-08 13:23:35-05

(UPDATE) After some initial confusion about whether a winning ticket had been drawn, Powerball officials have now confirmed that there was one grand prize winner.

The Powerball website states that the winning ticket was bought in California.

The Powerball jackpot has been reset to $20 million for the next drawing.

(1st REPORT) It has been three months since Powerball last produced a winner, which has caused the lottery’s jackpot to climb gradually. Why not add a few more hours to the wait?

The lottery could not hold its Monday evening drawing on time, meaning the numbers from last night's game were released this morning. Powerball partners with 48 different state and territorial lotteries, and according to officials, one participating lottery needed more time to process its sales and play data.

"Powerball has stringent security requirements to protect the integrity of the game and remains committed to holding a drawing that gives all players a fair chance to win," Powerball officials said in a statement.

The lottery released the numbers Tuesday morning: 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, with a Powerball of 10.

The drawing did not produce a winner, which means Wednesday's drawing will be worth $2.3 billion, marking the first time a U.S. lottery has crossed the $2 billion mark. The early Tuesday drawing marked a record 41st Powerball in a row without a winner.

The previously largest U.S. lottery jackpot was the Jan. 13, 2016 Powerball drawing, which was worth $1.586 billion.

After each drawing without a winner, Powerball increases the jackpot. How much Powerball increases its jackpot is dependent on ticket sales.

The $2.3 billion jackpot figure is based on the winner choosing the annuity option. The jackpot marks the fifth time in U.S. history a multi-state lottery has offered a jackpot over $1 billion.

The odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 292 million. There have been four winning Powerball tickets sold in 2022

The Powerball jackpot has grown since a winning ticket was sold on Aug. 3.

Powerball also has prizes of $4 up to $2 million. The odds of winning a smaller prize are about 1 in 25.

Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories.