Billion-dollar jackpot a problem for lotteries’ electronic billboards

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Lottery billboards across the country are broken because of Wednesday’s record Powerball jackpot.

Ok, not really.

But the $1.3 billion prize is too large to fit on the electronic lottery billboards, including the signs in Allen County.

Hoosier Lottery officials call the jackpot “unprecedented.”

It’s the first time a U.S. lottery jackpot has been in the billions. It’s also the largest jackpot in world history.

The “problem” is affecting billboards all over the United States.

“The existing jackpot signs are configured to handle jackpots in the hundreds of millions, but are not able to reflect the current unprecedented level which is in excess of $1 billion,” said Hoosier Lottery Chief of Staff Carrie Stoud.

A retail sign has the same problem as an electronic billboard – only able to display a lotto jackpot up to 999 million.
A retail sign has the same problem as an electronic billboard – only able to display a lotto jackpot up to 999 million.

The million is a permanent word on the billboard, while the digits are electronic and can be changed as the jackpot increases or decreases.

According to the Baltimore Sun, there was an industry agreement to put “999” on the billboards and signs.

Retail locations that display smaller versions of the billboard also have the same problem.

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