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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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Christmas 2012 and New Years 2013 will be Fabulous for Somebody or Somebodies

 

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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

LO L  Maybe I'm just mad because Ohioians can't even win its own state game. I'm sorta new to this site but I find is hillarious that LP members get serious about these type of comments. He's probably an employee of Powerball and will set the terminals for 3 New Yorkers to win it only this Wednesday to piss me and everybody else off that NY pulls off another win.

 

I swear if that happens, even if NY win this one, I will be done playing this game..lmao

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I noticed this little out of the way store that is not too far from me that has a lottery sign in the window. It is next to one of those kind of sketchy looking check cashing places but I may get  a Qp there for one of my two tickets.

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In response to Erzulieredeyes

Instead of getting mad about it I just politely ask every once in a while that "they" choose me for any one of the many JPs, and I vow to use the money locally supporting all my favorite merchants.......Yes Nod

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I love the little hole in the wall stores and I always try to play at one whenever I pass one if I haven't already played for that game. I won twice at one of these little stores on my local state game. I matched 4 of 6 and almost fainted because all the numbers matched in order but the last two as they came across the screen. Funny how whenever I win its always from a QP but I seem to match the PB/MB quite often or nearly match by being a number higher/lower when I self pick my tickets.

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In response to Artist77

Nice idea, I try that sometimes too..........

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Woo-Hoo!!!

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Sounds like others have tried this also with these little out of the way stores.  Interesting. I never even noticed the lottery sign till yesterday and used to go further down the road to a 7-11.

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In response to Erzulieredeyes

Good strategy!

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In response to Ronnie316

What if one or more members hit the jackpot, and they throw a by invitation only celebration party? Party

 

If I were lucky enough, I would invite 25 LP members for an all expense paid round trip flight, StarStarStarStar hotel, all meals, tips included.

We could determine a date that would work for everybody, and have a day of non-stop fun, and a raffle for a couple of big cash prizes.

Not everyone invited would necessarily want to go. For those that refuse, we could come up with a list of additional members until

we get our total of 25 excited members that are on-board.

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In response to Erzulieredeyes

Well my curiosity got the best of me and I had to do a little research on USA Mega. For 2012, there were 10 PB jackpots won. Iowa had 2, and Rhode Island had 2, NY had 1. For 2012, MM had 11 jackpots won. California had 5, NY had 3, and Illinois had 2.

As another poster pointed out, the states with the highest populations usually have the best odds of winning a jackpot. Simple. California actually is the state to hate. If CA had PB they probably would have a couple of those jackpots also.

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In response to Erzulieredeyes

I think it was about your temper, GiveFive posted some useful information as to

why New York has winners is because they have more players, he didn't seem serious at all.

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In response to mcginnin56

Nahhhh You should donate your money to homeless kitties.

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In response to Ronnie316

Nah, I'm not really mad. I play this game for fun and I understand the odds but I also understand someone has to win it eventually. If it's meant to be, it will be. But if I win this one someone willl probably have to give my heart a jump start and scoop me up off the ground. lol

 

I remember how I reacted when I won $5000 on the pick 4. I did summer salts in my living room and ran around the house cheezing. I can only imagine how i'd react for millions of $$$!!! lol

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WOW!!!!!Thud

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In response to Artist77

Find loving homes for 25 homeless kitties...........I like that idea better!!!  Lover

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