Record $1.9-billion Powerball lottery drawing delayed over security requirements
THE WORLD is in the grip of an online game – an opportunity to win a staggering $1.9 billion is about to unfold as the first Powerball lottery draw takes place live tonight.
Play responsibly and stay safe!
Unfortunately, the security requirements of the game – which is being conducted online in the United States – mean that millions of players will not be able to play.
This is partly down to a complicated security system devised by the lottery company, and is designed to ensure that no-one can win the $1.9 billion prize in the first draw.
But this system also has a built-in flaw, and could lead to people playing “under-the-counter” or playing a bit late.
Powerball is a game which involves choosing 10 numbers and matching them with five numbers drawn from a pool of 30 – the winning numbers.
However, the first draw in the US (17th December) will see just seven winning numbers used to select the jackpot.
The jackpot itself is said to be between $500 and $1 million dollars – but with only seven winning numbers drawn, the jackpot will be much less.
And that’s where the game’s security comes in.
If someone who isn’t registered as a Powerball buyer attempts to buy tickets, they will not be taken through to the point where they can buy.
If they purchase, it then only goes to the first draw, where only seven numbers will be drawn.
If the draw is cancelled, for whatever reason, that person will not lose any money or pay any money back – and will simply not be taken through again for a second draw.
However, people who bought tickets from a store that already sold them – or someone who bought tickets through a secondary site – will be refunded the money they paid.
The odds of winning are 1 in 175,000, and if you are playing online, the odds of winning are even longer – 1 in 11,000,000.
This means that the chance of winning a jackpot of, for example, $500 is 1 in 250,000,000.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many people who