Powerball jackpot up to $360M

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- If you have champagne wishes and caviar dreams, you might want to shell out $2 for a Powerball ticket Wednesday. The jackpot is up to an estimated $360 million. That's a cash value of a little more than $229 million.

When it comes to winning the lottery, the most common question is, "What would you do with all that money?" 3TV's Yetta Gibson, however, turned that question around, asking viewers what they would not do if they won.
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The chances of winning the jackpot are just 1 in 175 million. A person has better odds of becoming president, dating a super model and dying from a snake bite -- combined!

In order to win the whole enchilada, you need to match all six numbers -- five on white balls plus the red Powerball. It's not as easy as it might sound. According to the Arizona Lottery website, odds of nailing it are 1 in 175,223,510.

The good news is there are eight other winning combinations with prizes starting at $4 -- doubling an investment in a single ticket -- and going up to $1 million. Your odds of winning something -- anything -- are about 1 in nearly 32.

There are three ways to play the game.

1. You can let the computer choose all of your numbers. (While quite common, a seven-time grand-prize winner from Florida says that's a really bad idea.)

2. You can choose all of your own numbers by whatever method you like.

3. You can choose either just the white balls or just the Powerball and let the computer choose the rest.

According to the Arizona Lottery, the 10 most-drawn numbers are 23, 56, 8, 3, 5, 7, 26, 14, 29 and 36. The most-drawn red ball is 29. The five least-drawn numbers are 2, 25, 37, 33 and 9. The least-drawn red ball is 9.

Arizona has had 19 million-dollar winners in the past year. One Tempe couple actually won twice.

You have until 6:59 p.m. to buy your tickets.