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The Powerball Jackpot Is $454 Million – What Are Your Odds to Win?

Yesenia Harris



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is now topping $454 million, and while the odds are long, where do they stack up compared to other out-of-the-ordinary events happening?

According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, the group that runs the Powerball drawing with 45 state lottery offices, the odds of matching the five white balls, out of 69, and picking the correct red Powerball, out of 26, are 1 in 292,201,338. The group points out that the odds of playing and winning some level of prize are only 1 in 24.9

Yes, those are long odds, but they are also consistent. While it may become more likely that someone will win if more people buy a ticket with a growing prize, the odds for each player are always consistent.

There are not too many things less likely the winning the top Powerball prize, though two things jump to the top of the list. The odds for hitting a Mega Millions jackpot, the other multi-state lotto drawing, are a bit higher at 1 in 302,575,350.

Another thing WAY less likely than hitting the Powerball is picking a perfect bracket for March Madness. According to a report from the NCAA, the chance of nailing the pristine bracket is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 – or 9.2 QUINTILLION – if you just flip a coin or only 1 in 120.2 billion if you know a bit about hoops.

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Still there are many things that may seem impossible that are way more likely than taking home $454 Million Wednesday night.

In terms of the weather, you are far more likely to get hit by lightning (1 in 500,000) or dying in a tornado (1 in 5.7 million).

FILE: Lightning strikes as a violent thunder storm approaches the area Aug. 16, 2004 in Ft. Myers, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Animal attacks are also more likely, with the odds of a deadly shark attack sitting at 1 in 3.75 million and the odds of a bear attack are 1 in 2.1 million.

File: A female Grizzly bear exits Pelican Creek October 8, 2012 in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

The scariest odds of all – as of 2021, 1 in 243 taxpayers faced an audit by the Internal Revenue Service.

FILE – This May 4, 2021 file photo shows the outside of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. Small businesses that have been buffeted by the pandemic, inflation and shipping woes have another challenge to add to their plate: taxes. Tax season can be complicated for everyone, but as the April 18 filing deadline looms, small business owners, contractors, entrepreneurs and others face even more rules and regulations that are ever-changing. The Internal Revenue Service has announced a backlog and warned that more delays are to be expected. The IRS said earlier this month it was hiring 10,000 workers to deal with a backlog of 23 million items triggered by limiting operations during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Let’s talk about some good things. Your odds of bowling a perfect game is 1 in 11,500 while the chances of hitting a hole-in-one are only 1 in 12,500. If you are heading to the ballpark, the odds of grabbing a foul ball from the stands is only 1 in 835.

A fan catches a foul ball as their reflections are shown on plexiglass separating the fans from the dugout during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners Sunday, May 23, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

Looking for more of a sure thing when it comes to gambling? Poker players have a 4 in 2,598,960 chance of getting a Royal Flush (four chances because of the four suits), while the odds of hitting the jackpot on a classic standard slot machine are 1 in 262,144.

In this May 3, 2021 photo a woman plays a slot machine while wearing a mask in the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On May 11 the American Gaming Association released statistics showing that the U.S. commercial casino industry matched its best quarter ever in terms of revenue in the first three months of 2021, taking in more than $11.1 billion as customers continued returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

For those looking for the luck of the Irish, just search for a four-leaf clover. While some may think they are harder to find than leprechauns, statistics show that this version of the plant happens 1 in 10,000 times.

While there are a lot of numbers surrounding these jackpots, the biggest numbers are how these drawings can help Arkansas students. According to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, ticket sales have generated $1.1 billion in funding for Natural State students, with more than 675,000 scholarships being awarded.

Ticket sales go through 8:59 p.m. CDT Wednesday. Good luck!



Pulaski County Fair Comes to North Little Rock Riverfront Park

Yesenia Harris



NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – If you are looking for a fun time going into the weekend, the Pulaski County Fair is back in the Little Rock metro this week.

North Little Rock is hosting its 2nd annual fair at the Riverfront Park in North Little Rock. The fair hours Wednesday through Friday will be 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it will open at noon and close at 11 p.m.

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Fair-goers will be able to enjoy Hip Hop Night Thursday and participate in a pie contest the following Sunday. Other activities include rides, games and talent contests.

Adult admission is $5 and children 12 and under will have free admission.

For more information on ticket purchase and activities, visit

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Court Recesses in Josh Duggar Child Pornography Sentencing

Yesenia Harris



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — On May 25, Judge Timothy L. Brooks called a recess in the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court shortly after 11:30 a.m.

Nearly the entire morning session of Joshua Duggar’s sentencing hearing was spent addressing a list of objections the defense made to a pre-sentencing report submitted to the court. The prosecution had one objection, which was addressed before today’s hearing.

The defense had 21 objections, and the morning proceed with the judge addressing many of them. Several objections about sentencing enhancements were overruled, others were sustained, and a handful of them were tabled until later in the day.

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Some of the judge’s rulings on certain objections also rendered others moot, seeing some of the 22 items withdrawn. The judge also vacated one of Duggar’s convictions as a lesser charge, which he had previously noted he would do when Duggar was found guilty in December, 2021.

The judge sided with the defense on the matter of whether Duggar “did knowingly engage in distribution” of illegal child sexual assault materials. At issue was the peer-to-peer file sharing software Duggar used, which is how his activity was first discovered by an undercover Little Rock police officer.

Ultimately, the judge found the passive nature of the software, which cannot turn file sharing ability on or off, to be enough to sustain the defense’s objection.

Another matter that has been disputed by both sides in sentencing memorandums pertains to the total number of images Duggar downloaded. The defense has maintained that the number is “127 at most,” while the prosecution has stated that there were over 600.

Today, the judge clarified the importance of this difference, noting that the defense’s total would result in a two-level sentencing enhancement, while the prosecution’s higher number would increase that to a five level enhancement.

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A good deal of time was spent trying to calculate an exact total, with the judge ultimately deciding that it was impossible, partially due to the presence of some files being located in unallocated space on Duggar’s computer. Judge Brooks added that each video counted as 75 images in this total.

“The Court gets to 525 images very easily,” he stated, before settling on an unconfirmed total of 590. He acknowledged that there may be more than 600, but for sentencing purposes he limited the enhancement to four levels.

Two defense objections pertained to what the court called Duggar’s “Ashley Madison scandal,” and the judge ruled that his confessions about infidelity before the trial and his own words about having a pornography addiction were “relevant in several respects.”

Judge Brooks will rule on the remaining objections and subsequently begin addressing the final sentencing guidelines this afternoon, beginning at 12:10 p.m.

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Norwich Man Charged With Home Invasion, Assault With “hatchet-style” Weapon

Yesenia Harris



Norwich police on Wednesday, with the aid of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, arrested the suspect in a Feb. 8 home invasion.

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