Mid-South residents take shot at winning $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot

$1.2 billion was up for grabs Wednesday and people across the Mid-South lined up to get their tickets.

FOX13 examined the odds of winning and spoke to some of the dreamers in line.

Having looked at the numbers, your chance of winning the Powerball lottery is similar to getting hit by lightning 292 times in a row.

”Probably 1 in 20 million,” said Kerri Thompson of Memphis. “I think maybe 1 in 10 million but somebody has to win.”

Some mathematicians estimated your chance of winning to be closer to 1 in 300 million, at best.

Still, that didn’t stop Thompson from getting a ticket and dreaming about winning.

”The first thing I would do is stay in Olive Branch and get a nice house, and the Jag is coming, and I got to look out for the community and the city of Memphis.” Thompson said.

Some statisticians said you’d have a better chance of having your name pulled out of a hat with every American’s name in it than winning the lottery.

”My odds are from one to 10, and they are going to be a 10,” Ronald Thompson of Memphis said.

Some estimated the odds of running into five people who share the same birthday are better than winning the lottery.

By noon Wednesday, one store was selling tickets as fast as it could.

The last time Mid-South folks won a Powerball jackpot was in 2016, when a Munford couple won $528 million.

”Oh! I am going to buy plenty of land and my family and all, we are going to live happily ever after and we are going to be great and successful,” Ronald Thompson said.

To nail the Powerball numbers, some mathematicians said you’d have to spend millions of dollars buying every Powerball combo out there.

”If I play, hopefully I’ll win,” Dominique Countee of Memphis said.