Memphians feel lucky about $317 million Powerball jackpot

Powerball fever sweeps across the Mid-South

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - With the Tennessee Lottery Powerball up to $317 million, players are getting creative in their strategies to hit the jackpot.

"I have certain scratch offs that I like to buy, but when the power ball is this high, I always get something," lottery player Susan Fiedler said.

Just the mention of a chance at multi-millions has Memphians feeling lucky.

Some have a method as to how they choose their numbers--others don't.

"Any kind of way that I can figure out how to win, I'll try it," Ike Howard said.

"I pick random, quick picks. I figure their numbers are as good as mine," Fiedler said.

But there may be a cheat sheet. A website called claims to break down chances based on past results, winning retail locations, and even a frequency chart that shows how often numbers have won.

The odds of winning the current jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510. The Lotto Strategies website says the numbers 16 and 54 are two of the most played and won numbers.

Mathematically, it makes no difference what numbers have hit recently, but many players feel they could catch a hot streak by knowing what's hit lately.

Wednesday night's drawing is for an estimated $317 million. After taxes, a winner would take home about $220 million.

"I've looked at that website quite a few times, I don't know if it helps or not it makes me feel better," Fiedler said.

No one matched all six numbers during Wednesday night's drawing. The winning numbers were: 51, 52, 36, 24, 56, Powerball is 22, with a multiplier of 2.

The lottery prize now jumps to $360 million. The money goes up for grabs again Saturday.

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