OK, I might be missing something, but here’s what I understand:

In my state (and maybe others, too), the lottery works this way:

Choose five unique numbers from 1 thru 53, and one number from 1 thru 42 (the Powerball number).

If you get the get the Powerball number, and *none* of the previous 5, you still win $3.

If you get the Powerball number, and match any of the five, your prize goes up–up to matching all 5 and winning the big jackpot.

OK, no problem, so far.

The lottery “cards” explaining the odds say that the odds of matching the Powerball number are 1 in 70.

That’s where I get lost. I have 42 numbers to choose from, but my chances of winning are 1 in 70.

Any ideas???