I get guilt tripped into playing the lottery every so often. People at work chip in to buy tickets, and we then celebrate our $4 winnings with great vigor. I have no idea if this is illegal or not.
Either way, there's apparently a mathematical way to guarantee that you'll win the Powerball jackpot tonight, as it's valued at over $500 million.
It'll take a little bit (ok, A TON) of work, as well as a pretty hefty investment.
Per Cleveland dot com:
There are 175.2 million combinations so, at $2 a play, you'll need to get to an ATM or your mattress and withdraw a little over $350 million to cover all possible draws.
There's not enough time for you to place all the bets yourself. This is true even if you prepared all 35.04 million betting slips (five bets per slip) ahead of time in anticipation of such a big jackpot. In Ohio, bets are cut off at 10 p.m. That leaves just 71 hours between the 10:59 p.m. Wednesday drawing and the deadline for buying tickets for the Saturday drawing.
So you need $350 million and 2,000 of your closest friends. Easy!