One in 317. The odds of winning $7 if you buy one Powerball ticket. One in 164,968. Cause of death: struck by lightning. Advertisement.
How to Calculate the Probabilities of Winning the Nine PowerBall Prize Levels: , 513∗261=292, 2011,338 or 1 chance in 292, 201, 338. Second Prize Level: Match all five numbers only (1 in 11,688,053.52 odds)
With such large jackpots, it is not surprising that Powerball is a popular lottery game, especially when the impending jackpot is in the hundreds of millions dollars. Bear in mind that the odds of winning the jackpot are slim: 1 in 292,201,338, i.e. one in over 292 million.
More than a third of Americans believe winning the lottery is the only way they will ever retire comfortably. But the odds of winning either the Powerball or Mega Millions are roughly 1 in 292.2 million and 1 in 302.5 million, respectively.
Multiply the number of combinations for the white balls by the number of red balls to find the odds of winning Powerball. Assuming there are 35 red balls, multiply 5,006,386 by 35 to get 175,223,510, meaning that you have a 1 in 175,223,510 chance of winning. Advertisement.
A quick look at the Powerball website tells you the probability of winning the jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. To see where that number comes from, imagine purchasing every number combination. In Powerball, a player first picks five different whole numbers between 1 and 59.
Most players think the odds of matching the Powerball to win a prize are 1 in 26, since the Powerball is drawn from a field of numbers from 1 to 26. But consider this… The odds of matching the Powerball ALONE are harder than 1 in 26, because there is also the chance you could match one or more white balls, in addition to the Powerball, to win another prize.
Odds of Winning Around 70 to 80 percent of Powerball players use Quick Pick tickets, and the same percentage of winning entries are Quick Picks. This shows that regardless of whether players choose to select their own numbers or not, the odds of winning remain the same.