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Think you’ve got a chance at tonight’s $160 million Powerball? Think again

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3 things that are more likely to happen than you winning Australia's record lottery draw.

Like most of us, you've probably caught yourself daydreaming about what you'd do if you won tonight's Powerball, and there's a decent chance you may have even bought a ticket.

With almost half of the adult population expected to try their luck, the $160,000,000 draw is guaranteed to have the nation talking. But with your chances of winning the jackpot at a dismal 1 in 134,490,400, it's probably best that you don't get your hopes up.

Here are 3 (extremely unlikely) events that are still more likely to happen than you becoming Australia's newest overnight millionaire.

1. Correctly picking red or black on a roulette wheel 25 times in a row

Odds: 1 in 129,651,423

If you're hellbent on gambling your way to a quick fortune, you'd likely have better luck heading to the nearest casino than taking a punt on the Powerball (this isn't an endorsement of gambling).

In fact, if you bet $2 on the first spin and then gambled your entire pot on every subsequent spin, you'd be taking home $33,554,432 after 25 correct spins in a row. Not bad for an initial $2 outlay.

2. Guessing the correct playing card from a 52-card deck 4 times in a row

Odds: 1 in 7,311,616

It's likely to have even David Blaine looking on in amazement, but correctly picking which card you randomly draw from a 52-card deck is still about 18 times more likely than you winning tonight's Powerball.

If it's any consolation, the chances of this happening are roughly the same as winning tonight's division 1 prize (1 in 7,078,443).

3. Getting Yahtzee 6 turns in a row

Odds: 1 in 105,150,359

Admittedly, this one sounds somewhat more achievable on first reading, but we encourage you to dig into the board game cupboard, dust off your Yahtzee set and give it a go. Spoiler alert: it won't happen.

While you have around a 4% chance of getting Yahtzee on any single turn, your chances of hitting consecutive Yahtzees quickly spiral out of control. Even 3 Yahtzees in a row is less than a 1 in 15,000 chance of happening.

Don't like your chances of winning the lottery? Look at growing your wealth the old-fashioned way by comparing high interest savings accounts or exchange-traded funds.

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