|A traffic jam kept Powerball players waiting for nearly two hours to see if they won the jackpot. According to the Multi-State Lottery Association a security official with the lottery got stuck in traffic Saturday on the way to a computer site that helps ensure the integrity of the draw. |
The official is responsible for overseeing security for the computer system, which contains players' lottery numbers, while the balls come up in West Des Moines. Though there’s a backup officer, he couldn’t make it to the site either. He’s on active military duty. The guy stuck in the jam made it to the site just before midnight on Sunday, allowing the draw to proceed after a short delay of about an hour and 45 minutes.
Chuck Strutt, the association's executive director: 'Security is more important than being embarrassed about delaying a drawing.”
Powerball, the largest lottery in the US, is played in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each state that participates in Powerball has two computer systems, which must confirm they have an identical record of numbers.
In a further glitch in Saturday's draw, the Clifton system had discrepancies with the Virgin Island system. This meant the number of winning tickets couldn't be immediately announced. However the problem has since been resolved.
After all that fuss no one correctly matched all six Powerball numbers in Saturday's draw anyway.