LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A $1.5 billion dollar Powerball jackpot gets everyone's attention. Even the head coach of a highly ranked college basketball team that happens to be in the middle of it's season.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari collected $2 from each of his players and purchased Powerball tickets for them.
"Then I said, what are the odds of you making it, hitting this ticket? They said they didn't know. I said it's 292.2 million to one. You're not, that ticket is not a winner, you're not winning with that ticket," Calipari said after Tuesday nights win over Mississippi State. "Would you like to get your money back? One kid took the money back and left the ticket, and then one of the other's bought his ticket, with another two dollars, and then I said, you better hope that that ticket doesn't win, you're gonna want to jump off a bridge, but I then said, you already own a ticket, you. It may be 50-50 that you're going to hit the lottery, 70-30, 30-70, but you gotta fight, you gotta want it, you have a ticket."
Calipari has had 13 NBA lottery picks in his six seasons in Lexington.