TOPEKA (KSNT) – People across the country are participating in the biggest Powerball prize in history tonight despite the odds, which are one in 292.2 million. That’s the equivalent to flipping a quarter and landing heads 28 times in a row, and those odds are getting worse as the price goes up.
On Saturday the jackpot went from a decent $800 million to a whopping $900 million. And those odds are getting worse as the price goes up.
But it doesn’t seem to be deterring anyone from buying them.
“We’ve been swamped all day,” says Murphy Express clerk Clarae Simmons. “$2,000 in Powerball (sales)”
The prize goes up to 1.3 billion dollars if nobody wins tonight’s drawing.
So far Kansas has had 11 Powerball jackpot winners and everyone buying one is hoping to be the next. But there’s nothing wrong with being optimistic. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that if you don’t buy a ticket your odds are zero.