Transcript for Powerball Players Await Saturday's Drawing
We are a nation in the grips of powerball fever. Millions of us buying tickets an act that is a triumph of hope over math. Your chances of cashing in, 1 in 292.2 million which is about the same as your odds at flipping a quarter and getting heads 28 times in a row. I believe you did it 27 times. When I was 8 years old. Notwithstanding the bad math when we heard Sara was heading out to a convenience store we gave her 40 bucks to buy us tickets. How is it looking out will. Thanks, first of all, for being Debbie downers, there are a lot of zeros on the end of this powerball jackpot and I'm in one of the many stores across the country that will be selling these things faster than hotcakes but you got to be in it to win it. Check it out. It's the largest jackpot in history. $800 million. And it has people across the country lining up. Here in prim, Nevada, hundreds and hundreds standing in line for their shot at beating the odds. Just play, man. You got to play. Reporter: And at this Georgia truck stop poor souls from Alabama, one of six states that don't sell powerball aspiring millionaires flock to pick up their tickets. I drove three hours to get here. Reporter: According to the Florida lottery, more than 16,000 tickets were being sold every minute Friday afternoon. Which equates to 271 every second or nearly 1 million tickets every hour. At a rate like that it's no wonder some statisticians say the jackpot could grow to $1 billion. Next. Reporter: There have been a record 19 drawings since the last powerball jackpot winner so how did this happen? Because believe it or not, winning got harder. The month of October saw the number of white balls go up from 59 to 69. While the amount of red balls went down from 35 to 26. That changed the odds of winning the jackpot from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million. If you bought 50 powerball tickets a week you'll win the jackpot on average once every 112,000 years. According to this statistics professor who says it's still worth a shot. With a jackpot this high it's the first time that even superficially the powerball bet is a good bet. So, I would say go out and buy a ticket. Reporter: Okay, you heard it from the professor. We've got to get in on this game. You no longer have $40 worth of tickets because you're buying me ice cream, pregnancy girl problems. No whammies, okay. I'm going to be back in a minute with winning tickets. Bring mine, okay. Sara, you'd rather have ice cream than $900 million? Because my chances of getting the ice cream are higher than you getting your millions of dollars. Very good point. Thank you so much. Bring us all back -- bring me a ticket, Sara. Dan. Thank you. We're joined now from Austin, Texas, about I the multistate lottery association chair and executive direct for are the Texas lottery commission. Gary grief. Gary, good morning to you. So here's the big question, do you think we have any chance of this jackpot hitting a billion dollars? Gee, Dan, you're hitting me with that pretty early. I just barely had my coffee. Bleary eye after watching all these sales yesterday and sales are exceeding all of our expectations. We'll make a decision on whether we want to increase that jackpot. I'd say the likelihood is very good that we will do that. How much we'll do that, though, Dan, that's still to be determined. Okay, so you won't commit to a billion. What about $900 million? I can't commit to anything until I see those number, Dan. I can just tell you it's going to go up. Our players are responding like we have never seen before. I'm seeing lines at retail stores, so everybody needs to just buckle up their seat belt and see what happens. I appreciate it. I don't want to press you too hard. One last question, if one of our viewers happens to win, what do you do once you realize you've got the winning ticket? Sign the back of that ticket and put it in a safe place. You've got at least 180 days, no matter where you live in the country to claim that prize. Take your time, get some good legal advice. Get a financial adviser. Gary, we wish you a fully caffeinated and smooth day ahead. Thank you very much. We appreciate it. Thank you, dan.
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