NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Powerball is a game of numbers, and lottery officials say the majority of possible combinations have already been purchased ahead of Saturday night’s near-historic $600 million drawing.
The odds of winning the game’s largest jackpot remain astronomically high: 1 in 175.2 million.
But since about 80 percent of the possible combinations have been purchased, lottery officials say it’s likely the winning ticket could be selected.
Saturday Night’s Winning Numbers: 22, 10, 13, 14, 52, And Powerball 11
People lined up at gas stations and convenience stores Saturday for their chance at striking it rich.
New Yorkers told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu that with a life changing sum of money on the line, they aren’t holding back.
“I’m gonna buy five to win tickets tonight, now, just because of this,” Eddie Delcampo said.
Experts cautioned that players may not want to get their hopes up yet, as the odds of winning are slim.
“It’s sort of like, ‘what are the chances that a meteor is gonna hit your house?’, and if you buy five more houses what is the chance that one of them will be hit by a meteor,” Cal-Tech Math Professor Dr. Gary Lorden explained.
The latest jackpot is the world’s second largest overall, just behind a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.
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