A 1.9 billion dollar jackpot at stake in the American lottery

In the absence of a winner having guessed the five correct numbers of the Powerball lottery on Saturday in the United States, the jackpot reached the astronomical sum of 1.9 billion dollars, a world record, put into play for Monday’s draw. Without a ticket to match all five numbers and the Powerball (the 28, 45, 53, 56 and 69, with a Powerball of 20), the grand prize is increased to $1.9 billion, up for grabs in Monday’s draw, have announced the organizers.

But 16 players nevertheless found the first five numbers in Saturday’s draw (without the Powerball) and each received a million dollars. The jackpot was $ 1.6 billion on Saturday, already a record. The odds of hitting the jackpot, by buying a two-dollar ticket, are only one in 292.2 million. For comparison, the probability of being struck by lightning is one in a million, according to US health officials.

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