Powerball fever is back

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Powerball fever is building again.
After going two months without a winner, the jackpot for Saturday's drawing is estimated at $435 million.
That would be the nation's tenth largest lottery prize ever...

Powerball jackpot

The odds of hitting the big prize by correctly picking all five white ball numbers and the Powerball are an astronomical one in 292,201,338.
There are plenty of lottery systems out there you can purchase that claim they can predict the winning numbers or track previous numbers and identify trends.
But can truly random numbers be predicted?

School of Mines math professor Dr. Kyle Caudle says, "The best of my knowledge, I don't know how some of those systems work. If it's completely random, it would make no difference what numbers have come up in the past. A colleague of mine were discussing this a while back and we were kidding around that it would probably be more likely to die swimming and being struck by lightning at the same time than winning the lottery by the Powerball."

On the other hand, some would argue that certain numbers require more paint and might not pop up as easily.
We'll let you judge that theory for yourself.