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Record Powerball Drawing Tonight: May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

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There is a record Powerball lottery drawing tonight that could mean more than half-a-billion dollars to the winner (before taxes, of course). The odds of winning a Powerball drawing are about 1-in-175 million.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX5jNnDMfxA

If only the odds of winning tonight were 1-in-a-million! You might have a chance at winning the record jackpot, but here's a few things more likely to happen than winning tonight's drawing.

  • Hitting a hole-in-one on consecutive par-3 holes (1:156 million)
  • Being crushed by a vending machine (1:112 million)
  • Picking a perfect NCAA Tournament bracket (1:13.4 million)
  • Birthing identical quadruplets (1:13 million)
  • Becoming an astronaut (1:12.1 million)
  • Being attacked by a shark (1:11.5 million)
  • Winning the presidency (1:10 million)
  • Dying from a hornet sting (1:6.1 million)
  • Dying from being left-handed (1:4.4 million)
  • Dying from a lightning strike (1:3 million)
  • Becoming a movie star (1:1.5 million)
  • Drowning in a bathtub (1:840k)
  • Drawing a royal flush in a first hand of poker (1:650k)
  • Dating a supermodel (1:88k)
  • Being murdered (1:18k)
  • Dying in an asteroid apocalypse (1:12.5k)
  • Hitting a hole-in-one (for an amateur golfer) (1:12.5k)
  • Finding a four leaf clover (1:10k)
  • Losing an appendage to a chainsaw (1:4.4k)
  • Writing a NYT bestseller (if you're an author) (1:220)

But, as they say, you can't win if you don't play. I'll drop $2 for a chance at half-a-billion dollars (even if it's only a very, very small chance). What about you – are you playing tonight?

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  1. Max Kennerly says:
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    Once the expectation value exceeds half the cost of the ticket (around $200 million), I buy just one ticket for each drawing; it satisfies both the compulsive gambler and the pedantic mathematician in me.

  2. Brett Emison says:
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    We’ve got a small office pool going here. If I’m not returning calls tomorrow, you’ll know why!