# Your Chances to Claim a Big Powerball Jackpot

Using Jenny’s assistance, or with another collection of numbers, your chances of claiming the week’s record Lotto (Powerball) jackpot prize are quite slim.

Is It possible to win the Powerball jackpot?

A variation on the standard lottery is Powerball. In the final drawing, five of your chosen numbers (from 1 to 69) will appear as white balls. The very last Powerball is a single ball, which is yellow that has a range of just 1 through 26.

Selecting the appropriate 5 white balls from a cylinder of 69 in almost any sequence will result in one of 292,000,000 distinct winning mixtures. According to Jeffrey Miecznikowski, who’s a statistician at UB (University of Buffalo), multiplied by 26 since there are 26 connected Powerballs for each 5-ball combination.

These chances are also constant for the Powerball jackpot. Your chances of winning today’s jackpot, which is now approximately valued at \$1.4 billion (and rising), are identical to those you had in late fall, when the prize pool was only 40 million USD.

That being the case, purchasing a ticket now is preferable to doing so earlier. This brings up the concept of “anticipated return,” according to statistics. Simply explained, this is the possible reward divided by your victory chances. The estimated return would’ve been \$40 million, which is a terrific trade if the chances were ideal and you’d never lose.

If you purchase one Lottery (Powerball) ticket, you have a one in 0.292 billion chance of winning the jackpot, which is 1.4 billion USD, and your projected profit on that two-dollar ticket is approximately \$5, making it a reasonable investment. Wait, the projected return on the Powerball game is really much, much lower.

First of all, if you take the payoff over thirty years, you will only receive 14 billion USD. Your reward is 868 million US dollars if you want everything at once. You then had to pay some taxes. I’m going to presume that you don’t already own a large fortune and that there isn’t a group of Randian attorneys protecting your assets from the government.

Which indicates that at the federal rate of taxes you are losing around 40%. And since you became wealthy through gaming, the IRS additionally withholds an additional 25-28%.

You earn about 524,000,000 USD if you’re fortunate enough to reside somewhere where there are no federal taxes. If not, your jackpot may be as “small” as 394,000,000 USD; yet, if you multiply that amount by 1/292,000,000, the estimated profit on a two-dollar ticket will be \$1.79-\$1.35.

Even if it’s only rough calculations, the result reveals what you ought to know: If your predicted profit is lower than your invested money, consider investing in something different.

The lucky winners

However, the anticipated return may improve as much as the prize increases. If the game doesn’t last too much. According to Miecznikowski, the more individuals  can count to participate, the greater is the prize, so that 1.4 billion US dollars jackpot is much more probable to get divided in many ways.

You would need to know the precise number of Lottery tickets purchased to be able to calculate how much those chances change. The Multi-State Lotto Association conceals that figure for understandable reasons. Depending on the size of the jackpot you may make an approximation. The winnings this week are 14 billion USD, which is 450 million USD more than on Saturday.

The prize is around 32.5% of the initial buy-in fee plus any remaining money from the prior round. If viewed at face price, that would indicate that over 145 million tickets had been purchased. That doesn’t take into consideration the fact that certain players may pay extra for boosters if they succeed.

Naturally, these estimates do not account for human failings. According to Miecznikowski, not all mixtures are similarly likely to be picked by people.