April 23, 2024
A Powerball lottery ticket. Picture by way of @Forbes Twitter

The Eleventh-largest U.S. lottery jackpot can be up for grabs in Monday night’s multi-state Powerball drawing, $800 million.

There have been no tickets offered with all 5 numbers and the Powerball quantity for the 35 drawings courting again to Jan. 3.

The chances of matching all 5 numbers and the Powerball quantity is 1 in 292.2 million, in response to the Multi-State Lottery Affiliation. The general probability of successful a prize is 1 in 24.9.

The jackpot is the sixth-largest within the historical past of the Powerball recreation which started in 1992. There have been 5 bigger jackpots for the Mega Thousands and thousands recreation, which started in 1996 as The Massive Recreation and was given the brand new identify Mega Thousands and thousands in 2002.

The drawing will happen at 7:59 p.m. Tickets offered after 7:05 p.m. are ineligible for that evening’s draw, however are eligible for the next draw.

The Powerball recreation is performed in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Shopping for tickets at a retailer the place tickets with giant jackpots have been offered up to now won’t enhance a purchaser’s probability of successful a jackpot, in response to USC arithmetic professor Ken Alexander.

“The prospect {that a} given place will promote a successful lottery ticket is simply associated to what number of tickets they promote,” Alexander informed Metropolis Information Service.

Nevertheless, gamers wanting a greater probability of avoiding sharing the jackpot ought to select numbers that aren’t chosen as typically, Alexander stated. Lottery gamers often select the date of their birthdays as considered one of their numbers, so numbers increased than 31 could be performed much less, Alexander stated.

The eighth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery historical past can be at stake in Tuesday’s Mega Thousands and thousands drawing, $1.1 billion.

–Metropolis Information Service