Monday, October 31, 2011

Mr. Lucky

Mr. Lucky

Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot: $245,000,000

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 05:30 AM PDT

With an estimated jackpot of $245 million for Wednesday night, Powerball is going to attract folks who don’t usually play the game.

I have two pieces of advice.

First, buy your tickets early. There will be a mad dash to buy tickets on Wednesday.

Secondly, spend an extra dollar and buy Power Play.

You odds of winning that huge Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 195 million. You odds of matching the five white balls are 1 in 5 million.

Three tickets matched the five balls Saturday night to win $200,000. If they had bought Power Play, the tickets each would have won $1 million.

One player won $10,000 by matching for numbers and the Powerball. With Power Play he would have won $50,000.

While estimated at $203 million, Saturday night’s jackpot came in at $209.2 million.

Speaking of jackpots, the Florida Lottery has the largest jackpot of any state at a guaranteed $23 million for Wednesday night. The odds of winning that jackpot are about 1 in 22 million.

Lotto tickets can be purchased with Xtra to multiply smaller prizes and win a a minimum of $25 for matching 3 of 5 numbers.

Saturday night, 69 tickets matched 5 of 6 numbers. Just seven used Xtra to increase the prize from $3,844.50 to $11,873.50.


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