Imagine a line of Pennies 2071 miles long

What Are Your Chances Of Winning Tonight's Enormous Powerball Jackpot?


So what are your odds for winning tonight’s record $500 million Powerball jackpot? The Powerball website shows it to be about one in 175 million for matching all five numbers and the Powerball on a $2 ticket.
Comment: Don't quit your day job!

  • The diameter of a Penny is ¾ inch
  • The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,000,000
  • Imagine a line of pennies edge to edge
  • 175,000,000 pennies
  • That's a line 2071 miles long!
  • How far is 2071 miles
  • Grand Rapids MN to Key West Florida is 2058 miles.
  • That would be nearly 36 hours of non-stop driving! (you need to stop for gas and breaks!)
  • Imagine that road lined with pennies in single file
  • As you drive along you have one chance to stop and pick up a penny
  • The winning penny has an "X" marked on the back of it
  • That expresses the odds of winning the lottery!


  1. CNN on the impossible odds: You, win the $550M Powerball jackpot? It's not happening

    Sample (more in the article): "Being attacked by a shark: 1 in 11.5 million."

    Since I don't ocean swim ... my odds of being attacked by a shark ... 1 in a gajillion

  2. 18 Signs That The Lottery Is Preying On America's Poor

    One quote: "The researchers conclude that lotteries set off a vicious cycle that not only exploits low-income individuals' desires to escape poverty but also directly prevents them from improving upon their financial situations."

  3. Another article on the odds: 11 things more likely to happen than winning the Powerball jackpot

    One of the 11: "the odds of dying from a hornet, wasp or bee sting are 1 in 79,842"


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