A steady stream of customers visited Brier Grocery Monday as the Powerball lottery reached $1.9 billion, the highest on record.
When asked if business has been brisk, the owner said, “It has been Powerball, Powerball, Powerball. It’s been crazy. I’m sure there will be more when everyone gets off work.”
As it turns out, the drawing for Monday night’s drawing — scheduled for 7:59 p.m. — was delayed after lottery officials in other states said they needed more time to carry out security procedures.
Powerball is played in 45 states as well as Washington D.C, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. All 48 jurisdictions must meet security protocols before a drawing occurs.
According to a report on NPR, if no winner is announced for the Monday, the next jackpot drawing Wednesday would surpass $2 billion.
— Story and photos by David Carlos