The Powerball lottery jackpot has reached over $1 billion dollars and continues to grow as no one has matched the winning numbers as of yet.
Needless to say, with so much money at stake pandemonium has ensued and the U.S. is going insane purchasing tickets in hopes of becoming the big winner.
Despite the fact that the odds of winning are about 1 in 3 million, people are lining up outside of gas stations and liquor stores for their chance at a piece of the pie.
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The chances of picking the right combination of numbers is like flipping a coin and getting heads 28 times in a row, according to Jeffrey Miecznikowski, an associate professor of biostatistics at the University at Buffalo in New York USA Today reports.
The winning numbers of the most recent drawing were 16-19-32-34-57 and Powerball number 13, which may explain why there was no winner because most players likely avoided choosing the number 13 based on superstition.
Often with very large jackpots, hundreds or even thousands of winners can be chosen and the total distributed among them but the winnings of this Powerball could potentially go to one person, making it even more desirable to win.
The jackpot started out in November at just $40 million but has grown enormously as no winner was ever chosen and the pot rolled over 18 times.
Although there hasn’t been an overall winner, there have been some small prize winners who still made out with a pretty penny, becoming millionaires in one night.
Among them were $2 million prizes for tickets sold in Connecticut and Texas. And $1 million tickets were sold in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, according to USA Today.
Of course there are those heavily criticizing others for giving into all the chaos and “wasting” money on tickets even though, statistically, winning is nearly impossible.
Along with that criticism have come several hilarious memes that will either make you feel like an idiot or just motivate you to buy more tickets for your chance to shut all the haters down if you win.
When you think about the lottery, it may be hard to fathom why people get so riled about it knowing they aren’t likely to win.
Realistically, people probably don't expect they will win but they participate based on optimism and hope.
The possibility gives you something good to look forward to and the suspense gives you the euphoric feeling that maybe, just maybe, you will be chosen.
It’s the thrill of it all and the competitive nature that exists within human beings that gets people excited.
Whoever does eventually win should lay low for a while though, because there will be a whole lot of angry losers.
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