Powerball brings prayers, dreams, lucky charms and crossed fingers

Powerball brings prayers, dreams, lucky charms and crossed fingers

Zaida Cobangbang, of Union City, Calif., shows her Powerball tickets shortly after buying them Saturday in San Lorenzo, Calif.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

With just hours left to play the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Southern Californians were flocking to stores Saturday to buy tickets and dream a bit about a different life.

The Powerball jackpot now stands at $900 million -- and it could increase before tonight’s drawing.

Of course, many are chronicling their Powerball adventures on social media. Here’s some examples:



Some personal finance advice on winning Powerball (or what would Voltaire do?) -— TUTUZ (@tutuz_news) January 10, 2016

Almost made it to the front of the #Powerball line at the luckiest store in California ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ #PowerballFever— Logical Campaign (@LogicalCampaign) January 10, 2016

Well found the LA house I’m buying when I hit the powerball¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿— Hugo Yanez (@Heyanez19) January 10, 2016

La loteria #Powerball de EU acumula una bolsa de 900 millones de dólares. >>— Nadia Pech (@Nishpa_) January 9, 2016


I’ve never played before... But this one chance I couldn’t resist...Good luck everyone #Powerball #powerballfever— Ryan RC Rea (@volvoshine) January 10, 2016

Currently speaking to my powerball numbers #PowerballJackpot— MTV Briana Lacuesta (@blacuesta) January 10, 2016

Found 2 four-leaf clovers today. I have them on my #Powerball ticket. Will share with someone who RT’s & follows! ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿— DEXB0T (@dexxx) January 10, 2016

$60 of powerball lets go.— Taylor (@taymoo7) January 10, 2016

About to win the powerball & pay off my tuition ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿— Kimberly (@kimberlyelll) January 10, 2016

To win, a participant must match five numbers between 1 and 69 and a sixth number between 1 and 26 drawn separately. The odds of this happening are 1 in 292.2 million. Many underestimate just how small the probability of winning is because 292.2 million is so large that it’s “almost impossible” for people to wrap their heads around, said Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Assn. Lottery officials probably expected bigger jackpots and, in turn, bigger sales when they implemented new game rules last year that changed the odds from 1 in 175 million, he said.