What are the Odds of Winning the Estimated $550 Million Powerball Jackpot?

Not good. We've got some perspective for you.

Do you feel lucky, punk?

Yeah, you and 189 million other lottery winner wannabes.

The Powerball has reached a historic jackpot total of $550 million – and rising, with every ticket sold before the winning balls are pulled Wednesday night. After taxes, that's still a shot at $360.2 million cash value.

But it's still a long shot – your odds of winning the big money are about 1 in 175,223,510, according to the Lottery Commission.

If you'd like to try for something more attainable, we've compiled a list for you, in no particular order, of things more likely to happen to you than winning a $550 million lottery:

Odds of successfully climbing Mount Everest: 1 in 3

Odds of having quadruplets: 1 in 700,000

Odds of being bit by a poisonous snake: 1 in 36 million

Odds of dying from being bitten by a dog: 1 in 700,000

Odds that your child is a genius: 1 in 250

Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on the first try: 1 in 10,000

Odds of an amateur golfer getting a hole in one: 1 in 5,000

Susan Petroni November 29, 2012 at 04:18 AM
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