Kansas City anchor can’t add, makes epic fail with Powerball math
When it comes to lottery mathematics, we can chalk up a big fat fail for both the Internet as a whole and a Kansas City anchor.
Earlier this week, Facebook was overrun with a meme claiming that if the Powerball jackpot was split between every U.S. resident, each person would get $4.33 million — an epic fail of understanding place value.
Meanwhile, KCTV-TV anchor Ellen McNamara was trying to claim that this week’s estimated $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot was larger than the three next largest lotto winnings. She even had a fancy graphic that she could point to.
The problem? The math was off by a few hundred million bucks.
$590.5 million plus $587.5 plus $564.1 million actually equals $1.7421 billion dollars, which is some $242.1 million dollars MORE than $1.5 billion.