2007년 8월 복원된 충북 증평의 말세(末世) 우물이 있는 곳을 지난 2일 다녀왔다.

이 우물은 증평군 증평읍 사곡2리에 자리잡고 있었다.

이 우물은 증평군이 3000만원을 들여 복원했죠.

화강석 구조물로 돼 있는 우물 난간을 철거한 뒤 부식에 견딜 수 있도록 방부목을 귀틀식으로 설치했더라고요.

또 10여년 전까지 마을 주민들이 사용했던 우물 주변 빨래터를 한쪽에 만들었다.

이와 함께 새마을사업으로 도로가 높아져 우물 벽이 구분이 안 됐으나 이번에 벽을 더 높게 쌓아 올렸다.

깊이 6ｍ(직경 2ｍ)의 이 우물이 충북도의 도지정기념물이 됐더라고요.

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이 우물은 가뭄이 극심했던 1456년쯤 마을에 찾아온 한 스님이 물 한 바가지를 대접한 아낙에게 우물 팔 자리를 알려준 뒤 “물이 세 번 넘치면 말세가 오니 그땐 마을을 떠나라”는 말을 남기고 사라졌다는 전설을 품고 있다.

그 후 말세 우물은 임진왜란이 일어났던 1592년 정초에 처음 넘친 뒤 1910년 경술국치(한일합방) 때도 다시 넘쳐 국난을 예고한 바 있다.

그리고 넘치지 않았지만 우물이 차오르던 기록이 있다.

1950년 6월24일 우물이 1ｍ내외로 불어나서 6·25 전쟁을 알렸다.

2006년 인근 지역인 진천·음성군의 수해가 일었을 때도 이 우물이 넘칠 뻔해 주민들이 긴장하기도 했다.

이 우물 주위에는 약 50호의 농가가 평화롭게 살고 있다.

김을지 기자 ejkim@segye.com

The order of your first five Powerball numbers doesn't affect your chances of winning. If you pick the numbers 1 3 9 13 17 and the Powerball 6, and the winning numbers come up 17 9 1 3 13 (6), you'll still win the jackpot.

However, you must correctly guess the Powerball to win the jackpot. So in the example above, if the winning numbers come up 17 9 6 3 13 (1), you would not be a jackpot winner.

How Many Balls Do You Need to Win a Powerball Prize?

To win a Powerball prize, you only need to pick one single number correctly: the red Powerball.

Picking the Powerball alone will award you a $4 prize, which means that with a $2 purchase, you have one in 26 odds of doubling your investment in your ticket (there are 26 red balls to choose from).

To win the Powerball Jackpot, you need to match all five white balls in any order, as well as the red Powerball.

Here are all the Powerball payouts:

Basic Powerball Payouts:

5 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: Jackpot (starts at $40 million, has no upper limit)

5 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: $1,000,000

4 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: $10,000

4 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: $100

3 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: $100

3 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: $7

2 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: $7

1 Correct White Ball and the Powerball: $4

No White Balls, Just the Powerball: $4

Payouts for Powerball with PowerPlay:

5 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: Jackpot

5 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: $2,000,000

4 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: $20,000 - $100,000*

4 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: $200 - $1,000*

3 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: $200 - $1,000*

3 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: $14 - $70*

2 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: $14 - $70*

1 Correct White Ball and the Powerball: $8 - $40*

No White Balls, Just the Powerball: $8 - $40*

*The exact payout will depend on whether a 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, or 10X multiplier was drawn at random. The 10X multiplier is available only when the jackpot is worth less than $150 million.

What Are the Odds of Winning Powerball?

Powerball.com lists the odds of winning a Powerball prize1??. As of February 25, 2020, the odds were listed as follows:

5 White Balls and Powerball (Jackpot): 1 in 292,201,338

5 White Balls, but no Powerball: 1 in 11,688,053.52

4 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: 1 in 913,129.18

4 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: 1 in 36,525.17

3 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: 1 in 14,494.11

3 Correct White Balls, but no Powerball: 1 in 579.76

2 Correct White Balls and the Powerball: 1 in 701.33

1 Correct White Ball and the Powerball: 1 in 91.98

No White Balls, Just the Powerball: 1 in 38.32

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: 1 in 24.87 (비공개)

Powerball is a multi-state lottery. It runs in all but six of the US states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

It replaced the Lotto*America lottery in 1992, becoming the first lottery game to use two drums to draw winners. One drum is used for the white balls and one for the red "Power" ball, which gives the lottery its name.

It offers one jackpot, which increases every time that no winning jackpot ticket is sold, and a variety of smaller cash prizes.

How Powerball Drawings Work

Winners are drawn on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:12 PM Central Time. The drawings are conducted at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The winning numbers are announced on television, on the Powerball website, in newspapers, and online.

In order to win the jackpot, players must correctly match all five white balls as well as the red Powerball.

There's no guarantee that a jackpot will be awarded in every drawing. If no one picks all six winning numbers, the jackpot rolls over to the next drawing.

As jackpot values soar, more and more people buy tickets, so a larger percentage of the possible number combinations are sold. Eventually, it becomes nearly impossible for a drawing to occur without a winner.

The Powerball Lottery's jackpot starts at $40 million and grows by at least $10 million each time the jackpot is not awarded. The jackpot can, and often does, reach values of hundreds of millions of dollars. As of 2016, the largest lottery jackpot in the history of the world was a Powerball jackpot worth over $1.5 billion dollars.

But there's more to Powerball than just the jackpot prizes. In every drawing, other cash prizes worth between $4 and $2,000,000 are also awarded. The value of the prizes depends on how many numbers a player has guessed correctly, and the number of prizes awarded in each drawing is limited only by how many people make correct guesses.

How Much Does It Cost to Play Powerball?

Basic Powerball cards cost $2 apiece. For an additional dollar, you can add the PowerPlay option, which increases the size of your prize if you correctly guess one to five qualifying numbers. So the maximum cost of a single Powerball ticket is $3.

How Does PowerPlay Work?

If you purchase the PowerPlay option, the value of any prize you win for matching fewer than five balls will be multiplied by a randomly-drawn value between two and five. If the jackpot is worth less than $150 million, a 10x multiplier will be added to the mix.

For the payouts for matching five or six balls, the PowerPlay option works differently. The million-dollar prize that's awarded for matching five white balls without the PowerBall is always doubled to $2 million with the PowerPlay option. The other multipliers don't come into play.

The PowerPlay doesn't affect the size of the jackpot, which is fixed whether you purchase the PowerPlay option or not. No multipliers apply to jackpot payouts.

How Do You Play Powerball?

Powerball is a two-drum lottery game. One drum holds 69 white balls, while the other drum holds 26 red balls. Only one red ball will be drawn, and that red ball is called the Powerball.

When you buy your ticket, you select five numbers, which will be drawn from the first drum with the white balls, and one Powerball number. The winning Powerball number will be drawn from the second drum with the red balls.

You can choose your Powerball numbers or you can use Quick Pick, which draws your numbers for you at random. (비공개)