The Lowdown — Your Odds of Winning Powerball: Probabilities of Compound Events Using Visuals

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You have a greater chance of being crushed by a vending machine than winning the Powerball lottery. Part of The Lowdown: Real-World Math series, an engaging video describes how the Powerball works and how to calculate the probability of winning. Scholars then model the event using ping-pong balls to get a better picture of compound probability.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners research the probability that there will be a winner in the next Powerball lottery
Classroom Considerations

  • Each group needs 10 ping-pong balls for the activity
  • Pupils should be familiar with probability concepts
Pros

  • Provides printable worksheets
  • Video and topic are sure to hold viewer interest
Cons

  • None