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January 2015 PUZZLE - "Even Money Powerball Bet?"
Submitted by Gene Aronson
To win the Powerball jackpot one must choose five different numbers from 1 to 59, plus the Powerball number from one of 35 numbers. The bet is two dollars. One can win in nine ways: the largest prize is for matching all 5 numbers and the Powerball, and is a variable amount. The other 8 amounts are fixed payouts. Here are all nine ways to win, and their prize amounts:
The February Bonus:What is the jackpot amount for an even bet (expected winnings = zero), for the situation in which (A) only the jackpot is considered, and the situation in which (B) all nine prizes are considered?
Hall of Fame (February Puzzle Solvers):
Eric Hanczyc (WA)