TV News Anchor Fails Math During Powerball Report (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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KCTV news anchor Ellen McNamara tried to explain how big this week's Powerball jackpot was to viewers in the Kansas City area (video below).

Using a large graphic, McNamara said that the $1.5 billion jackpot "is larger than the three [previous] largest [lotto] prizes combined." notes that those three jackpots of $590.5 million, $587.5 and $564.1 million actually add up to $1.7421 billion.

The $1.7421 billion is also larger than the later Powerball jackpot estimate of $1.6 billion, which was won by three people on Jan. 13. added, "Can someone get KCTV Anchor Ellen McNamara a calculator?"

Sources:, / Photo Credit: KCTV via YouTube Screenshot