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Powerball Fever

By: Eric James
By: Eric James

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Lottery players across Kansas are hot-footing it to ticket outlets, in hopes of being able to put their feet up for life.

Wednesday's $250 million Powerball jackpot is the fourth largest in history.

Not everyone dropped in for the special at the Heritage Restaurant in South Wichita. Some stopped by for a helping of Powerball tickets.

But how did Steve Saindon and Francis Long choose their numbers? Their plan is to try to outsmart the computer. They buy a quick pick ticket, then choose numbers the computer didn't pick for another ticket.

While the men think they have a fool-proof way of winning, they might be better off letting the computer pick their numbers. Of the first 59 winners in the Powerball game, 41 won with quick pick tickets. The other 18 won by picking their own numbers.

Steve and Francis know it's a long shot, but they spent $10 on tickets anyway.

Their odds of winning the $250 million prize is 128 million to one. Oddsmakers say you have a much better chance of being struck by lightning. The odds of that happening are 91,000 to one. You are also four times more likely to go to a major league baseball game and get hit by a ball. You're also more likely to be killed by a poisonous snake. The odds of that happening are 508,000 to one.


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