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What Are The Chances Of Winning The Jackpot?

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Many people around the Valley have been on a buying spree for these, Powerball tickets. The jackpot is now up to 600-Million dollars, and although many say they know their shot at winning the jackpot is small, their hopes are still high.

Valley News Team's Kristi Larson tells us exactly what your chances are of becoming an overnight millionaire.

The gas stations have been busy selling the tickets.

"Today every body's come in at least by the hundreds," says M&H employee Courtney Hauglid, "I've sold at least 500 Powerball tickets today alone."

After buying a Powerball ticket for the chance to win $600 million, the question was what are the chances of actually winning?

For just an average golfer, there is a 1 in 12,000 chances of getting a hole in one, that's better than the chances of winning the Powerball.

"Well they're huge odds, but I've been golfing avidly for 4 years, and I know I've hit over 12,000 balls and I've never had a hole in one," says Tom Spaeth, "but if the person had a chance to win this it'd be quite amazing."

And if you're out playing a round of golf during a thunderstorm, there's a 1 in 10,000 chance of getting hit by lightning a lifetime, and unfortunately that's still a better chance than winning the Powerball.

"yea that's crazy, but somebody will win it, somebody will and hopefully they just do good with the money." Tom says.

And for the average bowler, you have a better chance at bowling a perfect game than you do at winning the lottery, it's a 1 in 11,500 chance. The real chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175 million, but despite those odds it didn't stop many from buying their tickets.

"It's just the chance to try and win the Powerball ticket and be rich, and if you can you can always help and donate it, and help make the world a better place." says Teresa Enderson who bough some more Powerball tickets Friday night.

Many people said they'd help their family, but also would like to give back.

"I would definitely donate a lot of it, because there's no way that one person could spend that much money themselves." Courtney says.

It's a small chance, but it's a big payout if you were the lucky one.

As you dream about the 600 Million dollar payout for Saturday's drawing, think about this, there's word tonight that if no one wins tomorrow, the jackpot will swell to nearly $1 Billion.

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