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Powerball vs perfect NCAA bracket? Odds are long as jackpot grows

Posted at 9:08 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 12:08:03-04

Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing has climbed to an estimated $625 million, which would be the seventh-largest lottery grand prize in U.S. history.

The jackpot has an estimated lump sum payout of $380.6 million before taxes.

The winning numbers were 10, 14, 50, 53, 63 and Powerball 21. Forty-four tickets across the nation held the right combination of numbers to win a $50,000 prize.

The odds of winning are extremely long, at 1 in 292.2 million. But to put that in perspective here are a few other interesting statistics:

– The odds of picking the perfect NCAA bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that’s 9.2 quintillion!)

-The likelihood of being hit by a falling satellite is 1 in 21 trillion.

-The odds of getting hit by lightning twice is a little better at 1 in 9 million.

But you could beat the odds. This is a look at the 10 largest U.S. jackpots that have been won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:

1. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)

2. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (one ticket, South Carolina)

3. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)

4. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)

5. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)

6. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)

7. $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013 (one ticket, from Florida)

8. $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012 (two tickets, from Arizona and Missouri)

9. $564.1 million, Powerball, Feb. 11, 2015 (three tickets, from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas)

10. $559.7 million, Powerball, Jan. 6, 2018 (one ticket, New Hampshire)

In October, a ticket matching 5 Powerball numbers was sold in San Luis Obispo at the SLO Quick Stop on Broad Street.