Update: here are tonight’s winning numbers
6, 10, 21, 35, 46, Powerball 23
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How does an extra $381 million sound? That’s how much the upcoming Powerball drawing tonight, March 6, is worth.
For those who prefer more immediacy, the cash value of the prize is estimated to be $228.1 million. Regardless of the chosen method, any winners will have to pay the appropriate federal, state, and local taxes before depositing the cash.
Overall, Wednesday’s drawing will be the 28th largest in American history. Of course, the most recent memorable drawings occurred last October.
October 2018 was huge for the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots
Just over three months ago, lottery fever gripped the US like it rarely has before. The stars aligned to yield two of the biggest lottery drawings in history.
The first, the Oct. 23 Mega Millions drawing, was the second-largest drawing of all time at $1.5 billion. Its lone winner, a South Carolina resident, is the recipient of the largest single jackpot win in history.
Coincidentally, the South Carolinian came forward this week to claim their payout. As allowed by law, the winner kept their identity secret. However, what is known is that the person elected to take the cash option. So, someone in South Carolina is now $878 million richer.
Four days after that fateful October drawing, the Powerball drew for an estimated $687.8 million jackpot. Two winners from Iowa and New York split that giant pile of cash — each received nearly $200 million in the cash option payout.
Altogether, one week in October 2018 yielded a combined estimated jackpot in excess of $2.22 billion. Without question, it remains the biggest seven day period in lottery history.
How likely is it that you’ll win the Powerball prize?
Now that you’re excited about the money, let’s talk about the likelihood of getting it. To put it bluntly, there’s a reason that unlikely events are often compared with winning the lottery.
In fact, the odds of a winning ticket in this week’s Powerball drawing is 1 in 292,201,338. Such a large probability, however, needs some perspective to present the true chance of its occurrence.
So, here are the probabilities of various other events occurring:
- Getting struck by lightning in an 80-year lifespan? 1 in 12,000
- Being dealt a royal flush? 1 in 649,740
- Dying from a shark attack? 1 in 8 million
- Killed by an asteroid? 1 in 74,817,414
In other words, it’s about four times more likely that a giant rock from outer space will fall on you and cause your death than it is that you will have the winning Powerball ticket. Still, you can’t win if you don’t play, right?