So you’ve purchased a Powerball ticket and put all your grandkids ages down? Now you’re wondering when the numbers will be drawn, and how you'll spend that $1.5 billion jackpot.

Your future awaits you when the drawing takes place Wednesday night at 10:59 pm ET, according to lottery officals.

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What are your odds of winning? Terribly slim.


“We would like to comfort you by pointing out that the odds of hitting the jackpot are one in 292.2 million, which are really, really bad odds,” The New York Times explained. “Consider: If you printed out the name of every United States resident on individual pieces of paper, put them in a giant bowl and selected one at random, the odds of picking President Obama are not far from the odds of winning the Powerball.”

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In fact, you have better odds of dying in a plane crash (1 out of 11 million), being attacked by a mountain lion (1 out of 32 million), and dying in a nuclear attack (1 out of 10 million).

Best of luck!

Matt Lee is a Web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely@mattlee2669.

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