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?) - https://t.co/9l9joyWRYl pic.twitter.com/wFC8TlGtPB— TUTUZ (@tutuz_news) January 10, 2016
Almost made it to the front of the #Powerball line at the luckiest store in California ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ #PowerballFever pic.twitter.com/hkmTPiqZJ3— Logical Campaign (@LogicalCampaign) January 10, 2016
Well found the LA house I’m buying when I hit the powerball¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ pic.twitter.com/3HlPP4Dsso— Hugo Yanez (@Heyanez19) January 10, 2016
La loteria #Powerball de EU acumula una bolsa de 900 millones de dólares. &gt;&gt; pic.twitter.com/PbKeXtfJIx— Nadia Pech (@Nishpa_) January 9, 2016
I’ve never played before... But this one chance I couldn’t resist...Good luck everyone #Powerball #powerballfever pic.twitter.com/ti72y2380p— Ryan RC Rea (@volvoshine) January 10, 2016
Currently speaking to my powerball numbers #PowerballJackpot pic.twitter.com/CMeSqtbF0e— 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! ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ pic.twitter.com/WkrfYNBUfy— DEXB0T (@dexxx) January 10, 2016
$60 of powerball lets go. pic.twitter.com/WA8d6qP1Mh— Taylor (@taymoo7) January 10, 2016
About to win the powerball & pay off my tuition ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ pic.twitter.com/f8lptEqPwe— 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.