Written by : Rajnish Kumar

Powerball glitch that led to $2B jackpot drawing delay revealed

Lottery officials disclosed this week that a glitch that was affecting the process of verification in Minnesota was

the reason for the delay during the record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot draw.

Initially scheduled for the night of Monday, the draw was delayed for several hours from Monday night until Tuesday morning as officials dealt with the glitch.

"After record-breaking lottery participation and Minnesota's sales verification system led to an inability to process the lottery,

" a statement on the Minnesota Lottery website reads. "The delay was needed to verify that the Powerball drawing was conducted in a safe and accurate manner.

In no way was the security of the process at any time compromised."

It is believed that the Minnesota Lottery system relies on the two-step verification process,

where one vendor prints and records the transactions of tickets while a second vendor checks the operation that the previous.

Both systems failed to communicate during Monday night, making the process impossible for

balance" the information and ensure that every ticket was given the chance to win.

Although similar mistakes are usually dealt with "within one hour" officials explained the Monday's incident required nearly 10 hours to resolve.

The winning numbers, 10 33, 43 47, 56 along with the Powerball of 10- were ultimately match to a single jackpot winner at Altadena, Calif.

"We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. We were as thrilled as you were about a billionaire who is now a millionaire,"

officials said in an article on the blog. "However we were left with no choice but to hold off on the drawing.

Any mistake in the drawing could be worse than the delay itself."

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