|Posted: September 1, 2008, 12:01 pm - IP Logged|
It just depends, even if there were $200,000,000 in tickets sold for one drawing it doesn't mean all the combinations are bought since there will probably be millions of combinations shared by multiple people though the odds of someone winning are very likely just because of how many tickets are out there. Just like you have a better chance of hitting something with a single round of buckshot than you do a single bullet. It'll probably hit but it doesn't mean every combination is bought. If someone is going to win though, it'll likely be more than one person.
Last year, almost exactly a year ago (well a year and a day) when the jackpot got to 330 million there was "only" $137,151,667 in tickets sold for it but four people won. If it had rolled again it would have made it past 400M for sure and sales probably would have been twice that. Earlier in the year when it got to 390M, after the final totals as it was advertised at 370M, they sold $212,819,366 in tickets and two people won.
They all go until hit though the worse the odds are the easier it will be for it to go higher, just as Powerball will probably do and shatter the current record next year when the changes are in place and Florida joins.
You can't predict random.