In Saturday’s Powerball draw, no ticket sold in the 43 states were able to match the numbers 1-17-25-37-44 and the Powerball, 20. Interestingly there were also no Match 5 Power Play winners in the same draw. The jackpot at stake in that draw was $317 million.
This means that people looking to grab a piece of a huge jackpot just got handed a second chance to do so. Not that it improves the odds, but a least the jackpot estimate has been boosted to $400 million, enough to yield a single payment option of $223.6 million.
People keep playing the lottery despite the odds because nobody can dispute the fact that somebody’s got to win the jackpot sometime. And all players have as much a chance as anybody else to become the next big winner!
I’m off to the ticket office. In a few days, we’ll see how much of a return I get on a $2 bet. I am hoping it will be $400 million!