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Your odds of winning the PowerBall? 1 in 195,249,054 to 1!!!!!

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.


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