With Hurricane Michael making landfall in the Florida Panhandle, Powerball officials decided to move Wednesday night’s drawing from the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Instead, the drawing took place in a backup location in Urbandale, Iowa.
The 11 p.m. drawing was carried out under the watch of officials, security personnel and independent auditors; but, as a consequence of the move, it was not televised, raising questions about whether the result would be viewed with suspicion.
The winning numbers were 8, 23, 27, 42 and 60, and the power ball was 7. No ticket had all six numbers, so the jackpot swelled to an estimated $314 million ahead of Saturday’s drawing,
Powerball has grown in popularity in recent years, as lottery officials made tweaks to the game that raised the jackpots, while lowering the odds of winning.
Even a fixing scandal that ended with a security expert with the Multi-State Lottery Association — which administers Powerball and other state lotteries — being convicted of fraud and sentenced to 10 years in prison did little to quell this growth.