With the estimated jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing a walloping $1.5 billion, lottery regulars and novices alike are flocking to their corner stores hoping to get a piece of the big prize.
The drawing is random, so there's nothing you can do to improve your chances of winning, aside from breaking the bank by spending $600 million on all 292 million possible ticket combinations (which, we've discovered, isn't feasible.) That $1.5 billion is an estimate partly based on how many people are expected to buy tickets, so there's going to be literally millions of tickets you're competing against.
The biggest danger (aside from simply not winning) is that you'll have to split the big prize if you're lucky enough to score. With more people playing, the chances of having multiple winners rises dramatically.