Astronomical odds not stopping people from buying Powerball tickets for $1.2 billion jackpot

The odds of winning Wednesday’s jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.
Published: Nov. 1, 2022 at 12:36 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2022 at 7:09 AM EDT
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(WFSB) - The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing rose to $1.2 billion after no winners were found on Monday night.

It was only the second time in Powerball history that the prize had been that high.

The odds of winning Wednesday’s jackpot were 1 in 292.2 million.

The odds did not stop people from getting tickets.

“Take a chance. You can’t win if you don’t play,” one ticket buyer told Channel 3 on Monday.

The winner can either receive the $1 billion over the next couple of decades or claim $596.7 million in cash. That’s all before taxes.

Sue Cruz said she bought five tickets on Monday. Cruz said if she wins, she is planning to donate half of it to St. Jude’s.

“My mom passed away from cancer so why not,” she said. “We need help for these kids. Need help for these kids.”

One couple said they get Powerball tickets occasionally, but Monday night was a different story.

“I’m going to keep rubbing these tickets and hoping that this is the magic ticket. If I win, nobody is going to know because I’m going to deactivate my social media and I’m living the life,” said Tasha Jones of South Windsor.

The Powerball numbers were 19, 13, 39, 59, 36, and 13.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday is now $1.2 billion after no winners were found on Monday night.
The Powerball jackpot is $1 billion, and people made their last-minute stop to get their tickets.