Chances of winning the $245 million?

Studies show that with the US population what it is, the chances of being killed by lightning are roughly 2,650,000 to 1.  But, what’s much more startling is that you’re almost 75 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the Powerball.  

Yes, that’s correct.  According to the’s website, the odds of winning the grand prize jackpot are 195,249,054 to 1.  

But if you did win tonight’s drawing of the Powerball, you would will $245 million; well, actually, you’d collect $146.2 million cash dollars.  This amount, as high as it is, is still $100 million off the record Powerball amount that came back in 2006.

Now, of course you could win other smaller prizes and your odds are not so extreme.  For example (based on the purchase of a $1 ticket), the chances of winning $3 is 61 to 1; chances of winning $7 is 787 to 1; and chances of winning $10,000 is 728,000 to 1. 

So, the question may be for some is how to choose the numbers? 

Well, in May of 2005, hundreds of people decided to let their fortune cookies do the picking for them. posted a story in 2005 that 110 people across the country got five out of a possible six numbers correct during a March drawing of the Powerball.  Each of the individuals told officials that their numbers came directly from a fortune cookie.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball, decided to investigate the extremely rare occurrence, and they found that it was not a fraud and they legitimately deserved the second prize winning of between $100,000 to $500,000, dependent upon their ticket price. 

In fact, the MSLA even checked with the makers of the fortune cookies, Wonton Food’s Long Island City factory, and found that none of the workers or anyone associated had won the Powerball.  

So, they gave out almost $19 million worth of cash prizes thanks to a fortune cookie!

Where can you purchase Powerball tickets for tonight’s drawing of $265 million?  Most gas stations and convenient stores sell lottery tickets – and The Color Center across from the Municipal Building on Lawrence Avenue is one such store with lottery capabilities. 

Good luck!

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