New Powerball game played in Texas

Author: Mary Lee, Meteorologist, mlee@kprc.com
Published On: Jan 18 2012 08:30:10 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2012 06:47:27 PM CST
HOUSTON -

Many Texans may be excited to learn their odds on winning the Powerball jackpot just went up, but mathematicians said they should not get too excited.

The old odds of winning were 1 in 195.2 million. The new odds are 1 in 175.2 million. 

The odds now are better, but you still have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning. In fact, you have a greater chance of getting hit by lightning 76 times before you ever hit the jackpot.

"Oh I have 40 million ways to spend $40 million!" lotto player Johna McKinneysaid. "Trust me!"

It's a big dream, hitting the jackpot. But your chances of winning are a lot like getting the forecast 100 percent right every single day for your front doorstep in our ever-changing southeast Texas weather.

Sometimes the odds are just against you.

"I wouldn't get too excited about it, but you have to play to win," said Henry Decell, UH Mathematics Professor. "But the chances of winning are small."

Abraham Dragustinovis agrees. He hardly ever plays the lottery, because he knows his chances are not good at all.

"It's very hard to win the lottery," said Dragustinovis.

The starting jackpot doubles from $20 million to $40 million.

Drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:12 p.m. CST.

For more information, visit www.txlottery.org.