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$425 MILLION: Largest Powerball lottery jackpot in history

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Mary mother of Jesus!

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This has been an insane year for lottery jackpots. first the 656 million one in march and now this one..

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Sweet Jesus...

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Too bad I live 400 miles away from the nearest state.

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The people running the Powerball might let it roll one more time to get bragging rights over Mega Millions and to make the $656 MM forgettable.

I'm sure by Wednesday this Jackpot will be well over 500 million, it would have been over that amount if POWERBALL increased their jackpots like Mega Millions and did not hold back their secret stash.

Anyway, game is on. Will be buying $10 for this game maybe a little more.

OHIO needs a PB win!!

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In response to C0w Pi3

You can say that again!!

I'm happy for PowerBall, now it's their turn for the really really big prizeSmile

This just might get bigger than MegaMillions!!

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I am buying my tickets early so I don't have to wait for others in line.  Good luck to me!-weshar75

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Well, I will surrender and play one ticket.

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In response to weshar75

Ditto. I'll be out before church in the morning to pick some up. May still pick up more later in the week. Got to hit the lucky spots around here.

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In response to Libra0926

Happy Sunday....:Lurking

BTW...I have been a Member since June 2002 but recently had to change my password..I am still Libra 0926  Lurking

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In response to CAL-LottoPlayer

This service is very reliable, and provides scanned images of your actual tickets.

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I've said it hundreds of times, so why not once more? 

What difference does it make if you win $40 million or $425 million?   I suppose it would be great to keep a few million and start a charity with the rest, but I will never understand the buying frenzy that starts every time the jackpot gets to these astronomical levels.   Only 1 person in the entire State of Florida got the 5 white balls, winning a million with a $2 ticket.  That should tell you something about the odds of hitting all 5 numbers and the PB. 

However, somebody's going to win the jackpot, so I wish everyone here a lot of luck!  Smiley

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I'll get my usual one set of numbers for $2. I've always been baffled at why people spend "real" amounts of $$$, like $20 on 10 sets of numbers, when that's only covering 10 of more than 175 million combinations of numbers. Tonight on my one set, I got 2 of 6 numbers, and 2 others were 1 digit off. I know someone who spent $10 on 5 sets, and got only 1 number on 1 of the 5 sets. Plus I've been in past work lottery pools with anywhere from 50 - 100 sets of numbers, and typically that resulted in 3 or 4 lines being powerball or powerball plus 1 number, but they were always a far less payout than total money invested.

On the other hand, since there's no law that I know of, of how many times you can win the lottery, or how many tickets you can buy, here's my dream plan of being the first lottery winning billionaire. After winning this Wednesday, with the one time cash payout after taxes being almost 200 million, that would buy almost 100 million sets of different numbers, covering more than 50% of the possible combinations of numbers. In not long from now, with how often since 2012 with the changes that the powerball jackpot goes high, there's bound to be a cash payout soon (after taxes) of 250 million or higher. By winning that, it would increase my winnings from about 200 million into 250 million or more. Repeat that process a handful of times, and I'm a billionaire. Of course, I may the lose the 1 : 2 bet and leave myself with next to no money left, but those are <snip> good odds. Even better, nobody wins this Wednesday and the jackpot increases to a win of 350 million (or more) in one time cash payout. Then I'd have enough money to play every combination of numbers and be guaranteed to win the jackpot. The one issue there being not knowing if I'd be the sole winner, or have to split it 50/50 with one other person, or only get 33% with two other people, etc. I'd still do it though even if I were 1 of 3 winners. In that scenario, if the cash payout was 400 million, I'd wind up 50 million ahead if I were the only winner, or at "only" 133 million if I were 1 of 3 winners. Plus, since there's so much press and hounding of large lottery winners, I might as well go all out and be known as the biggest lottery winner who keeps betting all his money to keep winning more lotteries.

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In response to Ronnie316

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction when I spend more than $2 on powerball.lol

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In response to RedStang

You have to be rich to play a game like PB. I can't chase these PB jackpots rollovers; PB jackpots roll too fast. Oh, wait I still have $2 to play.

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You have made a wise economic decision. Good Luck.

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"Only 1 person in the entire State of Florida got the 5 white balls, winning a million with a $2 ticket.  That should tell you something about the odds of hitting all 5 numbers and the PB."

ZERO CHANCE OF 175,223,510 VERSUS 1 CHANCE OF 175,223,510?

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In response to THRIFTY

You live in NY Thrifty. just buy one ticket in each borough and you are sure to win it all.......

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In response to Ronnie316

not yet, he is driving the 50 mile round trip to buy his tickets in ma even though they sell them in his cowtown in nh.

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In response to faber98

Thats a long way to go for TWO tickets............

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I have Christmas powerball fever of 425 million wishes to pray for.... I couldn't sleep

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In response to Ronnie316

Are you asking me to travel to mars to get the winning numbers? lol

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In response to faber98

      I Agree!   Actually I do head into MA every Friday, to pick up their state games, as well as PB and MM.

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I WILL PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY TO AVOID THE LOTTERY INSANITY. IT IS OKAY TO DREAM.

I AM A THRIFTY LOTTERY PLAYER BECAUSE I SAVE LINES TO PLAY SOMEDAY.

OUR REGULAR LOTTERY PROGRAMMING.

1) Playing the lottery more often for less lines= Playing a single line.

2) Playing the lottery less often for more lines= Playing multiple lines.

3) Playing the lottery less often for less lines= Playing a single line monthly or yearly.

4) Playing the lottery more often for more lines= Spending more money= Gambling addiction.

SET A LOTTERY STOP LOSS LIMIT TO MINIMIZE OUR LOSSES.

A lottery stop loss limit is very important to be a successful lottery player over the long term.

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY

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Looking through some of the posts by people....do people really think the people in charge "decide" which state is going to win? As for NY, well that's easy, a higher population means more people play in the state of NY than any other state. The powerball total winners page shows that NY was easily the state last night with the highest amount of winners, as is the case with every drawing.

I also find it "interesting" how some people try and predict which numbers are "due" to hit based on some silly formula. The machine can't read the numbers on any of the balls, it simply spits out 5 of 59, and then 1 of 35. It's totally random.

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In response to Frank12449

That's what they want you to think! I believe the lottery people chooses the state and the  Jackpot amount for its winners ahead of time. I sometimes question tho if they choose its winners and terminals. Maybe Jesse Ventura will investigate it since it's a conspiracy wondered by many.

NY has been hitting left and right and NY is only a  fraction of all the PB/MM players throughout the states. It just doesn't add up to the 175 million odds for them to have hit so many times this year. And I am not talking about 2nd prize winnings either, it seems like almost every jackpot this year was hit by NEW YORK..LO L

Whatever the case, I hope the Powerball hits Painesville Ohio and selects my tickets. If they do I will retract my statement and clear any skepticism about the lottery.

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In response to Todd

Just joined.  Want to say I very seldom play.  Only participate when the stakes are very high, as in this one.  One thing I do know, if I every hit the jackpot and it was enormously high or whatever it was, I would be thinking of all the good that could be done with the money, not all the goodies I could treat myself to.  I'm comfortable but certainly not wealthy but it always amazes me when people are questioned as to what they would do with the money if they won.  Very few think of so many people in need who they could help and the good that this money could accomplish.  Of course, I would help my family and keep a decent ammount for my husband and myself to secure our future, but the bulk of it should be put to good use to help those who are struggling.  After hurricaine Sandy, the lucky winner will be able to do just that and I hope they keep this in mind.  No one needs the amount of money that is at stake here.  Remember, money does not bring happiness but helping others should.

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I purchased my Powerball ticket about 15 minutes ago. There was a short line, but the store has two lottery machines, so I walked around the line and went to the other machine with no line. As I walked out the door with my Powerball ticket, the people still in line gave me the most puzzled looks ................. I just silently thanked them for their donation!

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