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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
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    Powerball Jackpot $450 Million

    $304.1 Million Cash Value
    Would you buy a ticket ?
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    $17 million is all I need. I'd just be greedy if I bought a ticket.

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    Won $7 off the last drawing. I think it's a profit of $2. I'll play again just for the fun of hoping and dreaming of giving everyone the finger. Except you guys, you're okay.
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    I never buy lottery tickets... but I had to return something at the store yesterday and bought one. I figure it would be about $150 million after taxes. If I invested $20 million, I would make an average of a million a year to live on and cover inflation. A bunch more would get donated to various charities and my church. Beyond that, I would start long term investments for my kids.
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    I don't buy lottery tickets until they pot gets over 100 million. It's hardly worth my time winning, otherwise.
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    Organizing a office pool.
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I don't buy lottery tickets until they pot gets over 100 million. It's hardly worth my time winning, otherwise.
    Ummm, it is over $100 million... by 4.5 times.
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Ummm, it is over $100 million... by 4.5 times.
    And did I say I didn't buy a ticket?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I've never bought one before, but I may this time.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    I bought one ticket a long time ago just the heck of it. I had two classes in college that forever turned me off of gambling of any type: public finance-lottos are a voluntary tax, and finite math-probabality basically.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    I bought one ticket a long time ago just the heck of it. I had two classes in college that forever turned me off of gambling of any type: public finance-lottos are a voluntary tax, and finite math-probabality basically.
    I play for fun on occasion, but not as a constant for the reasons you listed above. I look at it this way, I make a small donation to the state (I'd say schools, but we don't fund schools round here) and I get the right to dream big for a day or two and brag about what I would do with even a piece of that action. On the math part, you actually have better odds of being struck by lighting twice than you have of winning the lotto, but what the hell, I'll tempt fate on occasion.
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    I only participate in the office pools. And we only do one when the jackpot is really big like this (over $200 million or so). With having to split the pot with so many people, after taxes, I'd probably only get a few million, but it's better than a sharp stick in the eye. I'd probably pay down debt, buy a house and a couple cars, help out close family/friends (mostly my mom), give some to charity, and save & invest the rest.

    My Grandma also buys those scratch off lotto tickets for everyone every Christmas. Typically one of us will win $20-$50 or so, and the rest will win some smaller $1, $2, or $5 prizes, and some free tickets.
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    I got 5. Probably the third set of tix in two years. When the FL lottery was new, I played 5 bucks most weekends, but that was mostly a bust. All I want is a nice ranch in central FL, preferably with an area that could be converted into a wine cellar for you know who.

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    Although a winning ticket was purchased in North Carolina, I did not win
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