The Powerball Jackpot Is Utterly Insane Right Now
If you're considering playing Powerball, now's the time. After nobody matched all six numbers Saturday, the jackpot for the next Powerball drawing, happening on Wednesday, rose to a whopping $403 million. Think of the porch you could build with that kind of money!
According to USA Today, the pending jackpot is one of the largest prizes ever offered for the game, and has reached a level where many occasional players start buying tickets, lottery officials say. At $403.3 million, Wednesday's drawing ranks as the 10th largest Powerball jackpot in the multi-state game's 25-year history.
So, are you feeling lucky? Let's hope so. The odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 24.9, but the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.
"You're far more likely to die at a trip to the Grand Canyon than win the Powerball," Amram Shapiro, a strategic statistician and author of The Book of Odds, told TIME in 2016. You're also more likely to die from an asteroid strike or become a movie star. But hey, it's worth a shot!
Powerball tickets are available for $2 a piece in in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The twice-weekly Powerball drawings are at 11 p.m EST on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Good luck!