Hurricane Michael forces Powerball drawing off the air

ALBANY, NY — The Florida Lottery, located in Tallahassee, will be temporarily closed on Wednesday due to Hurricane Michael’s expected landfall near that State’s capital city.  In accordance with the Florida Lottery’s business continuity plans, the October 10 Powerball drawing will be conducted from a backup location in Orlando that does not support broadcast operations. As a result, regular viewing of the live Powerball drawing will not be available on October 10.

The official drawing will be conducted at 10:59 p.m. EST under the observation of independent auditors, security personnel and Florida drawing officials. The official winning numbers will be posted as usual and available on the New York Lottery’s website ( and at immediately following the drawing.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.37 billion in fiscal year 2017-2018 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents approximately 13 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

New Yorkers struggling with a gambling addiction, or who know someone who is, can find help by calling the State’s toll-free, confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (467369).