Powerball Jackpot Hits $320 Million: What Are Your Chances?

Americans dreaming of a big payout join the lottery mania.
3:00 | 08/15/12

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And finally, americans across the country are lining up at lottery term names tonight with dollar signs for dreams, $320 million, one of the largest powerball prizes ever. So, we wondered, if you're going to gamble with your money, what really gives you the best chance to win a payout? Abc's ron claiborne has the answ Reporter: As the powerball jackpot goes up and up -- I just want to win a little bit. I would be very generous to everybody. Reporter: So, does the excitement -- spread it around to the rest of the family. Probably give some money to the church and then I'll just start spending money. Next in line please! Reporter: It is dreams like that that have people gobbling up tickets in one state at a rate of more than 7,000 a minute. But if you really want to get the best return on your investment, so to speak, there are a lot of safer gambles. The olds of hitting all six winning powerball numbers, roughly 172 million to 1. The better belt? Playing one of those instant scratchoff tickets. You do have a much better chance of winning something. And researchers found the best bet is a slat ot machine at a casino. The one-armed bandit actually kicks back more money per dollar weighered than either scratch tickets or lotteries. In lots of different ways, clearly, the ka see knows give you much better odds than the state lotteries ever do. Reporter: So, for all of you practical gamblers, be warned. Lotteries aren't your best bet. Listen, I don't think I'm going to win, but I'm giving it a shot. Reporter: But then, what's the fun in being a practice can gambler? Ron claiborne, abc news, new york. And thank you so much for watching.

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