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Mississippians buying Powerball tickets despite long odds

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"I know we're going to win. Somebody in Mississippi has got to bring it home and that's going to be us," said Harvey and Rose Cooper of Waveland. "I'm sure the income tax people in Mississippi would love to see me win." "I know we're going to win. Somebody in Mississippi has got to bring it home and that's going to be us," said Harvey and Rose Cooper of Waveland. "I'm sure the income tax people in Mississippi would love to see me win."
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The Powerball Jackpot jumped to $550 million on Thursday. While many people are dreaming of buying that lucky ticket, what some may not realize is the chances of having all six winning numbers are extremely slim.

Whether it's quick pick or a carefully chosen numbers, everyone who buys a Powerball ticket hopes to have the winning combination.

Corey Fanguy of Louisiana said, "With the odds of winning that is like probably the chances of getting struck by lightning."

Actually, dying from a lightning strike is much more likely. The odds are one in 134,000 compared to one in 175 million for winning the Powerball.

"I always have my rubber shoes on, so I don't think so," said Marion Holliman of Diamondhead. "I will win the lottery before I get struck by lightning."

It would take more luck to have all six Powerball numbers than it would to win the United States presidential election. That's one in 10 million. The likelihood of becoming a movie star is one in 1.5 million.

 "I don't even think that's going to work. I don't care to be on camera too often," said Albert Llado of Biloxi.

Pete Parish of Laurel said, "I wouldn't want to be a movie star." But Parish added he would like to be a Powerball winner. 

It's a two dollar bet that many Mississippians don't mind making.

Harvey and Rose Cooper of Waveland said, "I know we're going to win. Somebody in Mississippi has got to bring it home and that's going to be us. I'm sure the income tax people in Mississippi would love to see me win."

Llado Biloxi said, "If you don't play you can't win. That's the gamble with it. That's the way life goes." 

Other things more likely than winning the Powerball are dying in a plane crash, being drafted into the NBA straight out of high school and being born with extra fingers or toes. The drawing is Saturday.

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