The multi-state Mega Millions lottery was forced to temporarily suspend prize payments this week after a snafu during Tuesday’s calling of the winning numbers.
As reported by several media outlets, announcer John Crowe mistakenly called the Gold Mega Ball a 6.
But the winning ball was 9.
The wrong 6 also appeared on the screen during drawing.
Watch the video on the Mega Millions website here:
“Nine balls were drawn in the chamber and this is the official result,” the lottery said in a statement shared on its website. The actual winning numbers, it was confirmed, were 15-19-20-61-70 and the Golden Mega Ball 9.
“We apologize for the confusion,” Lottery said, encouraging players to hold off on their tickets as the issue was resolved.
No one won the $86 million jackpot on Tuesday.
In New York, some people were paid based on incorrect winning numbers.
The organization said, “Due to human error related to the May 10, 2022 Mega Millions draw, the New York Lottery paid a total of $5,538 to players who submitted tickets with incorrect winning numbers to retailers before approximately 10 a.m. on May 11th.” done,” the organization said. A statement shared on Twitter.
“This payment was automatically recovered through the lottery account for non-cash tickets. There is no impact on education or aid to taxpayer funds,” it added.