|Posted: September 8, 2005, 11:46 pm - IP Logged|
Here's an interesting fact: For the drawing on May 9, 2000 that produced the $363M jackpot produced sales of $195.6M for that drawing alone. (The total sales for the total run was about $565M.)
At today's odds that amount of sales would have roughly a 1/3 chance of rolling over!
There is no telling how many tickets might be sold in that case.
The odds of there being just one winner would be slightly higher than the odds of the jackpot rolling over. The balance of probabilities is represented by the possibility of there being more than one winner.
So the possibility of winner bigger than Jack Whittaker is definitely a reality. One would hope though that such a winner would manage things much better, so well in fact that everyone will have forgotten his or her name in short order.