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Ticket In Oregon Wins \$340 million Powerball Jackpot
WFRV.COM ^ | 10-20-2005 | WFRV.COM

Posted on 10/20/2005 5:14:15 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist

Someone won last night's \$340 million Powerball jackpot.

After 20 straight drawings, the winning ticket was sold in Oregon.

It was the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second biggest jackpot in U-S history.

The winning numbers are 7 - 21 - 43 - 44 - 49 and the Powerball is 29.

The odds of hitting the jackpot were one in 146-million.

By the way, all the people who played the numbers from the T-V show "Lost", lost.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lottery; powerball

1 posted on 10/20/2005 5:14:15 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
But...but...that can't be right! I didn't buy my ticket in Oregon! :-(

Guess this means I'm going to work this morning.

2 posted on 10/20/2005 5:39:41 AM PDT by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If the Lost numbers were to come out everyone who played them would be getting 100 bucks each....

3 posted on 10/20/2005 5:46:25 AM PDT by alisasny (Liberal UTOPIA rains down in New Orleans Way to go)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Correction..the odds are one in 120 million, calculated as follows:

To calculate the odds of winning, all one needs to know is the total number of combinations and the number of winning combinations. In Powerball, the first five balls are drawn from one barrel, and the order that the numbers are drawn is immaterial. So, drawing 3, 44, 12, 52, and 18 is the same as drawing 3, 12, 18, 44, and 52. After that, the Powerball is drawn from another barrel with 42 balls.

With this in mind, we can calculate the odds as follows. On the first draw, there are 53 possibilities, and 5 possible matches; on the second there are 52 balls left, with 4 matches, and so on. The odds on the Powerball are 1 in 42. So, the jackpot odds compute to 5/53 x 4/52 x 3/51 x 2/50 x 1/49 x 1/42 -- or one in 120,526,770.

4 posted on 10/20/2005 5:56:05 AM PDT by Aegedius (Veni, vidi, icked-kay utt-bay.)

To: Aegedius
You are incorrect, but not becuase you did any math wrong, but simply because you used bad data.
Powerball is a lotto game which is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, we draw five white balls out of a drum with 55 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 42 red balls.
The odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 146,107,962 and the odds of getting an incorrect answer when you start out with bad data are approximately 1 in 1.
5 posted on 10/20/2005 6:03:27 AM PDT by Fixit (http://comedian.blogspot.com)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I won \$4, which is more than I have ever won before.

6 posted on 10/20/2005 6:06:35 AM PDT by Hoodlum91

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I didn't win and I'm still happy. #\$%#\$^^%&

7 posted on 10/20/2005 6:19:02 AM PDT by freedom4ever

To: Fixit

Below is from the FAQ on the SC Education Lottery web page. Apparently, the number of balls has changed, and they have not updated their site.

Q: What device(s) are used to draw the numbers? Computer? Plastic balls in an air machine? Rubber balls in a gravity machine or what?
A: The Powerball numbers are drawn using two Beitel Criterion drawing machines -- one for the 53 white balls and the other for the 42 red balls...

http://www.sceducationlottery.com/faq.asp?topic=powerball

8 posted on 10/20/2005 6:33:27 AM PDT by Aegedius (Veni, vidi, icked-kay utt-bay.)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

And to think -----I didn't even buy a ticket!

9 posted on 10/28/2005 9:06:07 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)

To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; oregon; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...

Oregon Ping

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Oregon Ping List.

Did any of you win this? LOL!

10 posted on 10/28/2005 9:06:48 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)

To: Salvation

Nope. If I had, there would now be a conservative newspaper in Oregon.

11 posted on 10/29/2005 7:58:02 AM PDT by aimhigh

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