The lottery is a famously bad bet. People are more likely to be zapped by lightning while drowning, canonized a saint or hit by an asteroid than win a jackpot. Very few people walk away from the Powerball with massively engorged bank accounts. In 2016, the Powerball was won nine times, either by individuals or pooled groups.
Smaller wins occur more frequently but are still not common. Fewer than two dozen people, for instance, have won sums of $100,000 or more in the Connecticut lot
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