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POWERBALL: What are the odds?

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The chance of being killed by a shark is about one in 300 million. That may sound like a long shot, but it's not that far from the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot.

With possible winnings of $425 million, many people hope to be the lucky one to claim the third largest jackpot in history.

DID YOU WIN? The numbers drawn are 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.

When it comes to playing the lottery game, there are no shortage of strategies and no lack of delusions. The big signs boasting big payouts get people thinking about dreams -- some of which are more likely to happen than holding a winning ticket.

So, what are the odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot? It's an astronomical one in 175 million.

If the odds Han Solo faced were 3,720 to one as he navigated an asteroid field in "The Empire Strikes Back," that's still 47,000 times better than taking home the jackpot.


- The long-shot odds that the royal baby would be named Elvis were one in 400.
- The chance of being injured by a toilet? One in 6,000.
- The odds of winning an Oscar are one in 11,500.
- There's a one in 3 million chance of seeing a UFO today.

That means you're 525 times more likely to find ET than to land a jackpot.

It may even be more likely to see the stunning, climactic scene of "Sharknado" in real life than to win, but many people still want to take that slim chance because the sum is more appealing than safer bets.

FOX 9 News did see one woman win $100 playing the Powerball, but that's still a 1 in 19,000 chance.

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