The whopping $500 million Powerball is the talk of the Internet these days, with Google Trends reporting that more than 200,000 searches have come into their search engine on February 11 from searchers wanting more Powerball lottery information, including the live Powerball drawing, the winning Powerball numbers — and to find out if they live in a state that allows them to play the Powerball online, as reported by the Inquisitr, from the comfort of their homes. With the Powerball jackpot hovering around a half-billion bucks — as reported CNN and Powerball.com — lottery players can thank a North Texas man named Floyd Horn for not winning all of the $380 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday night.
Floyd Horn matched all five of the white ball numbers of the Powerball prize reported WFAA, but the North Texas man missed the red Powerball number that would’ve gained him the huge $380 million top prize. According to KENS 5 TV, Horn will still collect just north of $1 million (before taxes) for his Powerball prize, due to matching all five white ball numbers (5-10-21-34-58) — and didn’t get $379 million more than that $1 million — all because of missing that red Powerball number (33).
Of course, when the Powerball frenzy grows to a fever pitch during huge jackpots, statisticians like to remind folks of the long odds of winning a Powerball jackpot, as did the New York Daily News writers, who told readers they were more likely to hook up with a supermodel than to see all of their Powerball ticket numbers match all the winning numbers of Wednesday’s mega $500 million Powerball jackpot. Tell that to Horn, however, who bought his ticket at the Cigarette Mart located in Euless, Texas. It must feel wild to miss out on a $380 million Powerball jackpot because of one number — at least $1 million is most times better than having zero millions, so if Horn is a glass-is-half-full-kind-of-guy, he’s no doubt happy. Because that grand Powerball prize winning ticket didn’t fall into Horn’s hands on Saturday, the Powerball is $500 million and the odds of taking home the top $500 million are one in 175,223,510 — with Horn’s five-number-matching odds being one in 5,153,633.
Despite all the talk of Powerball winning odds being bandied about, folks continue to ignore the long-shot odds and duck into convenience stores and play the Powerball anyway, like this reporter did this morning — after dropping four bucks to buy a couple of winning Powerball tickets, praying for the $500 million solo winning numbers, and safely tucking them away in a hope-filled place.
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