You are always going to get screwed when you play with the government!
You have a much better chance of being struck by lightning.
Those odds are only 576,000 to 1.
So the odds of a person being struck by lightning is about 400 times more likely
then the odds of a person winning the PowerBall which is 1 in 195,249,054.
Powerball rolls out big changes
by John Faherty - Jan. 10, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
The chances of winning tonight's $120 million Powerball jackpot are significantly lower than they were a week ago.
And they were not that good to begin with.
The odds of winning it are now 1 in 195,249,054. They had been 1 in 146,107,962. The good news is that your chances of winning any prize at all - those that make you feel good but won't change your retirement plans - have gotten better. And the jackpots will be larger.
The differences are because of an increase this week in the number of white balls to 59 from 55 and a decrease in the number of red balls to 39 from 42. Prizes are awarded based on how many balls a ticket matches.
Powerball made the changes because bigger jackpots draw more players.
The minimum jackpot will now be $20 million.
So although the chances of winning the jackpot are worse than ever, take heart that winners won't just be filthy rich; they will be obscenely rich.