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Powerball lottery odds explained: From tonight’s huge $730M jackpot to 8 much smaller prizes

The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are more than 292 million to 1.

Having visions about winning Wednesday’s $730 million Powerball jackpot? Checking those lottery odds might snap you back to reality in a hurry.

The overall odds of winning something after buying a $2 Powerball lottery ticket are roughly 1 in 25 — 24.87 to be nearly exact. If you spent an extra $1 to exercise the Power Play option, you can double, triple, quadruple or on rare occasions quintuple your winnings on non-jackpot winning prizes.

The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $730 million after none of the tickets sold for Saturday’s drawing matched all of the numbers drawn.

If you still want to take a shot, but have never played, here are the rules. Five white balls are drawn out of a drum containing 69 balls. Then one red ball is drawn out of a drum with 26 red balls. The red ball is also known as the Powerball. Here’s a breakdown of odds and prizes.

The Powerball – $4

The odds of your ticket matching only the red Powerball are 38.32 to 1. If you do, you win $4.

1 number plus the Powerball – still $4

Matching one number and the Powerball is considerably more difficult than just having the Powerball (1 in 91.98) but the prize is still a measly $4.

2 numbers plus the Powerball – $7

The odds are worse than 700 to 1 (701.33 to 1 to be exact) of purchasing a ticket containing two numbers and the Powerball. The payout? Just $7.

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3 numbers – still $7

If your ticket matched three of the five white balls, you still collect a mere $7. The odds of hitting three numbers, but not the Powerball are nearly 580 to 1.

3 numbers plus the Powerball – $100

The good news is that the prize amount has finally reached triple figures – $100. The bad news is that the odds of buying a ticket that matches three numbers plus the Powerball are 14,494.11 to 1.

4 numbers – still $100

A ticket that matches four numbers from the white ball drawn (but not the Powerball) is getting close to winning serious money, but is also worth only $100. It’s about a 1 in 36,525 shot to get even that lucky, though.

4 numbers plus the Powerball – $50,000

The prize climbs all the way to winning $50,000 if you manage to beat the roughly 913,129 to 1 odds and match four numbers plus the Powerball.

Two tickets bought in New Jersey for Saturday’s drawing beat those odds.

5 numbers – $1 million

The life-changing money begins at this prize level. All you have to do to win at least $1 million is match the numbers on the five white balls drawn, but not the Powerball. Good luck overcoming the 11,688,053.52 to 1 odds, though.

5 numbers plus the Powerball – jackpot

The odds of this happening? More than 292 million to 1. But Powerball still offers a better chance than Mega Millions — the chances of buying a jackpot-winning ticket for that game are more than 301 million to 1.

No one across the country has hit the Powerball jackpot since a $94.8 million Powerball ticket was sold in Ballston Spa, New York for the Sept. 16 drawing. Wednesday’s jackpot is potentially the 5th biggest in U.S. lottery history.

One jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was bought in New Jersey last year. Someone who made their lucky purchase a a Piscataway liquor store for the April 8 drawing hit the $190 million jackpot.

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