If you do the math, there are 11,238,513 possible combinations of five white balls (without order mattering). Multiply that by the 26 possible red balls, and you get 292,201,338 possible Powerball number combinations. At $2 per ticket, you’d need $584,402,676 to buy every single combination and guarantee a win. Jan 10, 2016 from Google.
As you can see your odds of winning the Powerball are always 292,201,338 to one which effectively means that you are with one ticket playing against almost 300,000,000 “humans” or numbers so your chances of winning the big jackpot are about 300 million to one.
A popular misconception is that if there are fewer human players then your chances of winning are greater because there are fewer humans with tickets. The truth is that the odds of winning are only dependent on the numbers and not the total of humans playing or participating.
Yes, if you are playing cards against 4 humans in poker then the odds of you winning are less than if you are playing against two or three human players with approximately your skill level, but not in the lottery or Powerball!!!
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