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Powerball drawing postponed with $1.3 billion jackpot at stake

Saturday night’s drawing for the $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot was postponed, officials said, because required “pre-draw procedures” had not been completed.

The drawing took place shortly before 2:30 a.m. ET, and lottery officials reported that a winning ticket had been sold in Oregon.

Earlier in the evening, the lottery issued a statement telling players to keep their tickets.

The lottery statement stated that once verification procedures were completed, the numbers would be drawn and posted online.

“The Powerball rules require that each ticket sold nationwide be checked and verified on two different computer systems before the winning numbers are drawn,” the statement said. “This is being done to ensure that every ticket sold for the Powerball drawing is taken into account and has an equal chance of winning. Tonight we have one jurisdiction that will require additional time to complete that pre-draw process.”

‘One Lottery Participant’ Blamed Powerball Delay

The statement on Powerball’s website blamed “one participating lottery” for taking more time to complete pre-draw procedures. The statement said the procedures were put in place to “protect the integrity and security of the Powerball game.”

Players were advised to hold onto tickets.

The Powerball statement said the drawing would be streamed live and the winning numbers would be posted on the Powerball website and YouTube channel.

“Please save your tickets for Saturday’s Powerball drawing,” the statement read. “When the required pre-draw procedures have been completed, the Powerball drawing will be conducted under the supervision of lottery security officials and independent auditors.”

When are the winning Powerball numbers drawn?

The numbers were finally rolled around 2:30 a.m. ET Sunday and a winning ticket was sold in Oregon.

“Final ticket sales pushed the jackpot above the previous estimate of $1.3 billion to $1.326 billion at the time of the drawing, making it the fourth largest in the Powerball game and the eighth largest among U.S. lottery jackpot games,” said a statement from the Multi-State Lottery Association.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Powerball issue delays Saturday’s winning number drawing