Thanks. To Debsta, '**' means 'to the power of', at least it did way back when I was in high school. So, 5**2 means 5 to the power of 2, or squared.

To Plato, that is certainly a way to fully distribute the money, but it doesn't halve each payout as you move from 1st to 5th place.

Getting back to Debsta's example, if the prize money is 62, then the payouts would be: 32, 16, 8, 4, 2. Each successive payout is half of the previous and all of the prize money is awarded.