Powerball Will Reach $2 Billion If No Winners Are Announced
With the Powerball jackpot jumping again this morning to $1.5 billion, office pools are not the only places taking tonight’s big drawing seriously.
The Florida lottery studio in Tallahassee where the record-breaking drawing will take place has a battery of tests and security checks that it will perform to try to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
The sets of lottery balls are kept in a double-locked vault that is set with an alarm and sealed, Florida lottery spokeswoman Connie Barnes told ABC News.
Before any ball sets are put into service, they are measured, weighed and density-tested at a state lab. There are also X-ray tests performed to see if there are any internal issues with the balls, Barnes said.
After those tests are completed, a second test is performed and the results are compared to statistical analysis, and only once those results are in will the balls be put into service.
Once approved, the ball sets typically last for 2-4 years, with an additional round of tests run every year, before being taken out of circulation.
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