Despite the long odds, Powerball offers a short-term thrill
Never mind the statistics and grim improbabilities.
A record-breaking $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot that’s driving a national frenzy is all about dreams, not cold, harsh reality.
Talk to a statistician or mathematician in search of secrets to increase your odds of becoming the next Powerball multimillionaire and you’ll likely feel sheepish as you plunk down $2 for Wednesday’s almost unfathomable jackpot. “I think 110 people won a lottery, not the top prize … by using numbers on a fortune cookie,” said University of Minnesota mathematician Doug Arnold. But mostly it’s random and you might as well have a computer generate the numbers, he said.