The Powerball lottery jackpot continues to grow — to an estimated record $1.3 billion by the next drawing at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday — after nobody matched the winning numbers Saturday.
No shame in that. The odds of winning the largest prize in U.S. lottery history were 1 in 292.2 million.
“That just shows the total randomness of Powerball,” Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, told NBC News Weekend Today on Sunday. “At our peak last night, we were selling more than $1.2 million in Powerball tickets every single minute.”
Roughly speaking, 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.
“It’s very unlikely,” said Miecznikowski, who doesn’t play Powerball himself.
(READ MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/01/10/powerball-jackpot-winning-numbers/78587362/)