chances of winningThe jackpot is 1 in 292 million, and according to one expert, there’s not much a player can do to increase those chances.
Sure, buying multiple tickets at once increases a player’s chances slightly, but that strategy also requires spending more, while risking splitting the payout with another winner, says Harvard University statistician. Mark Glickman told CBS News.
“Even if you’re buying 50 tickets, chances are you’re still almost certain to lose and not win the jackpot,” Glickman said. “In fact, the chance of winning even $4 by playing is still very small.”
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rose to $1.9 billion over the weekend, setting another record for any player to win the grand prize on Saturday. The next Powerball drawing is due to take place on Monday night, as is the case weekly, starting just before 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
Powerball drawings are broadcast live every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night from Lottery Draw Studios in Tallahassee, Florida.
A winning ticket went up for sale in Pennsylvania in early August, and prize money has been increasing since then. On Saturday, the winning numbers were 28, 45, 53, 56 and 69, with a Powerball of 20. This was the 40th Powerball drawing since the last jackpot win. If no one wins during Monday night’s draw, this Powerball run will become the longest run in the game’s history without a grand prize winner.
If one or more Powerball tickets are won on Monday, the lottery has an estimated jackpot cash value of $929.1 million. As always, winners can choose to collect their prize as a lump sum payment, which can be collected in full after removing applicable taxes, or as an annuity, which can be paid in 30 graduation payments over 29 years. is done.
Do “Lucky” Numbers Work?
Of course, the chances of one person winning it all are very small. Statistically speaking, a Powerball player has a better chance of being attacked by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park—about 1 in 2.7 million, according to the National Park Service—or of finding a blue lobster in the ocean (2 1 in million)
Large-scale lottery jackpots have become more common in recent years as lottery officials adjust the rules of the game and ticket prices to increase the top prizes. The most recent change came in August when Powerball officials added an extra drawing day – from two drawings a week to three – in an effort to boost prize and lottery ticket sales.
Glickman said the strategy to choose the best number is to have no strategy. A computer generates winning numbers randomly, so he suggests avoiding techniques such as choosing numbers associated with birthdays or anniversaries. It’s better to use a random ticket number generator — also known as quick selection — because those machines are better matched to Powerballs, Glickman said.
“Really the best thing you can do is to be level-headed about it. [and] Don’t buy too many tickets because you are throwing your money away. “The key is to make your choice at random as this will reduce the chances of sharing the money with other people.”