There were no winners of tonight's estimated $949 million Powerball jackpot. The question arose among many on Twitter: so what would it cost to buy every possible combination? Well, I have done the math for you! I used the lump-sum cash payout dollar amount. I then subtracted Federal and State (I used my home state's 7.25% rate) taxes. The number of possible combinations are 292,201,338. Each ticket cost $2. That gives us a loss of $271,678,706! This excludes the real-world difficulties such as filling out all of the cards with each possible combination and then buying all the tickets. Most locations would only have a small portion of the total you would need, so you would need to travel around a bit. Further, if you would spend an average of 10 seconds on each ticket, it would take you over 92.5 YEARS! That's a lot of time to lose over $271 million!
May the odds be, forever, in your favor.