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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: In this photo illustration, tickets for the upcoming Powerball lottery are seen on November 07, 2022 in Washington, DC. The estimated Powerball jackpot for the November 7th drawing has increased to $1.9 billion, with an estimated lump sum payment of $929.1 million.

It was a strange series of events, and now Powerball conspiracy theories are taking over.

This morning, the winning numbers 10-33-41-47-56 and the Powerball was 10. According to USA Today, “the winning ticket was sold at a service center in Altadena in Los Angeles County.” That jackpot is for a record-breaking $2.04 billion dollars. But here’s how the conspiracy seemed to get started.  The California Lottery announced a delay. Specifically, at 11 pm it was announced that there was a “technical problem.” The drawing would be delayed.

After the drawing finally goes down this morning a winner is not named and the jackpot goes up. But wait, it doesn’t. A winner IS announced. In California. Someone in Florida also won some money for getting 5 numbers but not the Powerball. They did the Power Play thing so they got 2 million.

The main Powerball conspiracy theories seem to be focused on the idea that it was California that announced that extra time was needed. Then it was California that had a big winner. But I will dispel one theory about a deal with the state getting the tax revenue. California is one of 15 states that doesn’t tax lottery winnings. So that conspiracy theory has been disproven. Actually, all of these ideas — like most conspiracy theories — are pretty far-fetched. But they are entertaining.

  • The back and forth

  • What triggered people.

    One person on twitter complained, “California is the reason there was a delay with the drawing due to “security concerns” and “technical difficulties” and now someone in California won the #Powerball.”

  • Watch What Happens in the Video

    One commenter pointed out “Pay attention to the Powerball. On the last draw, they cut out the full video of the red powerball coming down the tube. If you look closely, all the numbers inside the pool stops, but when they zoom in, the numbers inside the pool still rolls.” I’m not sold on that, but many commenters also pointed out that the drawing was not shown live. Hmmmmm.