Powerball losers in Iowa were actually winners for nearly seven hours this week after the state lottery posted incorrect winning numbers for the drawing.
Lottery officials blamed an unspecified “human reporting error” for publishing the wrong winning numbers from Monday night’s Powerball drawing. The incorrect numbers were posted on the Iowa Lottery website around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, and it wasn’t until 7:15 a.m. that someone realized the mistake, removed the numbers and stopped payments.
The lottery said the incorrect starting numbers would have had prizes between $4 and $200; Authorities did not specify how many people had won. All those people who woke up early and cashed a winning ticket with the wrong numbers will be able to keep the money.
Monday night’s Powerball jackpot was approximately $355 million.
The lottery had to work until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to fix its system and resume paying out winning Powerball tickets. With the correct numbers, 3,998 people who bought Powerball tickets in Iowa won prizes, also ranging from $4 to $200.
The true winning numbers for Monday night’s Powerball drawing were 2-21-38-61-66 and Powerball 12.