How about wait_for?

  - name: count down forty 30-second intervals
    wait_for: timeout=30
    with_sequence: start=40 end=0 stride=-1

That gives me output like this:

  TASK [count down forty 30-second intervals]
  ok: [localhost] => (item=40)
  ok: [localhost] => (item=39)


                                      -Josh (

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