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Powerball heats up with $317 million jackpot

Topic closed. 66 replies. Last post 2 years ago by hsg2000.

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United States
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May 13, 2013
1182 Posts
Posted: February 5, 2015, 7:56 am - IP Logged

As far as combinations are concerned when the drawing begins there are 59 balls in the machine so you have 59 possibilities of what comes out. Once the first ball is drawn then you have 58 left, 2nd ball drawn you have 57 left, 3rd Ball drawn you have 56 left, 4 ball drawn you have 55 left, so in that simple true look at the numbers you get my first result of 59*58*57*56*55=600,766,320 then you have to add the 35 power combo's to that number and get the 21+billion. I know the odds chart says 175+million but thats not based on real number of combinations. gambling institutions (lottery included) use this method to make things look better than they really are for the player. try looking up the odd chart formula in wikipedia then maybe you would understand it better.

Off the bat I have two issues with your premise

  1. Believing Wikipedia is infallible
  2. Not getting that since there are between 11-18 jackpot Powerball winners each year in a country with a population of ~300million people (much less if you only count those 18 and older allowed to play), odds of 1:21 billion would not be producing that number of winners. Every single adult resident would have to purchase at least 100 tickets in each draw with no repeating lines for even one winner to be possible. The facts themselves disprove your theory. ENOUGH SAID.
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    New Jersey
    United States
    Member #80354
    September 25, 2009
    705 Posts
    Posted: February 5, 2015, 10:00 am - IP Logged


    To all the "Roll Over" fans, the  Power Ball game for next drawing on 2/7/15 has grown to a whopping $360M.



    The news last night from Philadelphia T.V. showing some machines have broken down,more than once at one location, from heavy use.

    You would think that there would be some up grading of the equipment by the states involved. Bang Head


    Have been in a few retailers who have two machines because of the heavy lottery  traffic to their establishment's.


     Good Luck is coming eventually to one or more players, but don't be surprised if it rolls over again.


      Think's avatar - lightbulb
      Marquette, MI
      United States
      Member #20541
      August 20, 2005
      705 Posts
      Posted: February 5, 2015, 10:13 am - IP Logged

      It more then likely won't roll too many times if it isn't won tonight.  Speaking of wins,  I wonder what state the winner will be in.

      Probably at first they would be in the state of shock.

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        Member #153629
        March 20, 2014
        128 Posts
        Posted: February 5, 2015, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

        Explanation here of calculation.

        Powerball calculated odds

        Return of Investment, ROI 2014 20% | ROI 2015 20% | ROI 2016 14,45%

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          United States
          Member #52345
          May 21, 2007
          2659 Posts
          Posted: February 5, 2015, 2:01 pm - IP Logged

          Holy Molie.....It rolled

                let it roll to $450 million

            Grove City,Ohio
            United States
            Member #125421
            March 28, 2012
            40 Posts
            Posted: February 5, 2015, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

            I though it be 380-420 on the rollover, maybe there going announce increase tomorrow to sell more tickers..

            Keep Rolling

              baton rouge
              United States
              Member #10797
              January 26, 2005
              85 Posts
              Posted: February 5, 2015, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

              The same thing I am going to do with my net $165,450,000 lol.  Good Luck!   Sun Smiley

              Share it with someone deserving person