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TV News Anchor Fails Math During Powerball Report (Video)

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

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