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Powerball lottery sales, starting this morning, going smoothly

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The wait is over for Oklahomans eager to try their luck playing Powerball or tired of driving to neighboring states to play.

Oklahoma joined 27 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands today in what has become one of the most popular lottery games in the world, because of the size of its jackpots — the jackpot hit an all-time high of $340 million in early November.

Tickets went on sale at 4:01 a.m. today for the next drawing on Saturday. A drawing worth an estimated $65 million was held Wednesday.

"We're hoping for a good turnout," said Andy Chapin, owner of Andy's Convenience Store south of Muskogee on U.S. 64. "They (Scientific Games service representatives) are telling me to expect a lot of traffic when the Powerball sales begin."

Chapin said interest in the Pick 3 and scratch-off tickets have slowed some, but sales remain high.

"We were overwhelmed when it (the lottery) first started, but it has become a regular part of doing business.

Customers at Martin's 66 Convenience Store, 1910 N. Main St., were mixed about the Powerball prospects. Several customers said they probably would play but were skeptical about their odds of winning: There's a one chance in 146,107,962 a person will win the grand prize jackpot.

Despite those odds, Crystal McMurtrey said she will be buying at least one Powerball ticket.

"My dad had to go out of town on business, but he gave me strict orders to get him a Powerball ticket when they go on sale," McMurtrey said. "He gave me the numbers to play."

In its nearly 14-year history, Powerball has become a household name. Its worldwide recognition comes primarily from the game's multimillion dollar jackpots, which are offered twice weekly.

Although the giant jackpots are key to Powerball's popularity, the game also offers players a chance to win one of eight other cash prizes, ranging from $3 to $200,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the games are better than 1 in 37. Jackpots start at $15 million.

Like the Pick 3 game, Powerball results will be printed in the Phoenix and will be available immediately after each drawing on USA Mega at www.usamega.com.

Thirty percent of the proceeds from Powerball ticket sales — just like the other Oklahoma Lottery games — will help fund public education in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma lottery officials said the 29 Powerball lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets in fiscal year 2005, generating more than $600 million for state projects.

While the Powerball buzz has caused some excitement for some, others condemn the lottery in particular and gambling generally.

James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit Christian organization, called on legislators this week to end what he calls "government-sponsored gambling."

"If the nation's politicians don't fix this national disaster, then the oceans of gambling money with which Jack Abramoff tried to buy influence on Capital Hill will only be the beginning of the corruption we'll see," Dobson said in a media release.

Dobson was a member of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, which investigated gambling and its ties to political campaign contributions over a two-year period.

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Posted: January 12, 2006, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

Increasing the number of players only increases the chance of someone else winning the grand prize. With fixed odds and fixed incremental rollover amounts to the jackpot there seems to be little benefit in adding more and more states to the game after a certain point.

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    Posted: January 12, 2006, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

    More money in, more money out.  Hopefully, more often.  Ten winners a year should make every player happy.  More winners, the better the chance of it being "you" - fewer winners are self defeating.  Hoping for $100M for one person, or $30M for 10 winners will always be better.

    Cheers

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      Posted: January 12, 2006, 7:05 pm - IP Logged

      The record $340 million PB jackpot was actually in mid-October, during my Oklahoma-California trip.

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        Posted: January 12, 2006, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

        lets hope tennessee gets another jackpot winner soon......


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          Posted: January 13, 2006, 10:04 am - IP Logged

          lets hope tennessee gets another jackpot winner soon......

          I say it will take 8-9 years for OK to get its first PB winner, since every few years the jackpot odds are changed.


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            Posted: January 13, 2006, 1:24 pm - IP Logged

            If more people buy PB tickets, especially in OK, the more likely a PB jackpot grand prize will win sooner. In that case, people will win more smaller jackpots before it hits PB records. I think PB should have increased their matrix odds. Instead of 5/55+1/42, I would have suggested 5/55+1/45 or 5/55+1/50.

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              Posted: January 13, 2006, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

              I'm thinking KS is going to win soon! I don't think we've ever won a jackpot, but it'll piss OK off. Specially if it was a store on the border that sells the winning ticket.

              OK that sounded harsh.....I really DO wish everyone the best of luck....but I STILL think it would be funny.

              ::going back to my corner now:::::

              No No

              Don't cry over spilled milk.  Go milk another cow!!

              Stephanie


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                Posted: January 13, 2006, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

                If more people buy PB tickets, especially in OK, the more likely a PB jackpot grand prize will win sooner. In that case, people will win more smaller jackpots before it hits PB records. I think PB should have increased their matrix odds. Instead of 5/55+1/42, I would have suggested 5/55+1/45 or 5/55+1/50.

                "Sooner", eh?

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                  Posted: January 13, 2006, 10:22 pm - IP Logged

                  Increase the matrix!  Bite your tongue!  Perish the thought!  No way!  Leave the damn matrix alone!  Despite the whining we heard from Powerball last year about a record number of winners...it's already hard enough to win anything significant!

                  I'm sorry but I just don't undersand that attitude.  And I don't understand the obsession with record jackpots.  I'd be thrilled to win a paltry $15 million jackpot anyday.  I'd take the less than 50% cash value they're now offering and say adios muchachos to the world!

                  Increase the matrix!  Bah!  I say; Reduce the matrix and increase the number of winners!

                  Jim 

                  PS...Hey Cash...tired of being ripped off by the New York Lottery?  Come to Indiana and get ripped off by the Hoosier Lottery.

                  CO: My state lottery's a bigger rip off than yours is!  Nyah Nyah!

                  UJ: Uh uh!  My state lottery's a bigger rip off!

                  CO: No way! My state lottery only pays 38% to 40% cash value!

                  UJ: Oh yeah!  Well my state lottery doesn't have any winners to pay so there!  Nyah!


                  Money frees you from doing things you dislike.  Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.  - Groucho Marx

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                    Posted: January 14, 2006, 12:14 am - IP Logged

                    I'm thinking KS is going to win soon! I don't think we've ever won a jackpot, but it'll piss OK off. Specially if it was a store on the border that sells the winning ticket.

                    OK that sounded harsh.....I really DO wish everyone the best of luck....but I STILL think it would be funny.

                    ::going back to my corner now:::::

                    Yeah I think it would be a riot if some okie had that winning kansas jackpot ticket in their hot lil hands....like me heheROFL The best of luck to everyone who plays powerball on this Full moon draw!!!

                     Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

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                      Posted: January 14, 2006, 1:00 am - IP Logged

                      Increase the matrix!  Bite your tongue!  Perish the thought!  No way!  Leave the damn matrix alone!  Despite the whining we heard from Powerball last year about a record number of winners...it's already hard enough to win anything significant!

                      I'm sorry but I just don't undersand that attitude.  And I don't understand the obsession with record jackpots.  I'd be thrilled to win a paltry $15 million jackpot anyday.  I'd take the less than 50% cash value they're now offering and say adios muchachos to the world!

                      Increase the matrix!  Bah!  I say; Reduce the matrix and increase the number of winners!

                      Jim 

                      PS...Hey Cash...tired of being ripped off by the New York Lottery?  Come to Indiana and get ripped off by the Hoosier Lottery.

                      CO: My state lottery's a bigger rip off than yours is!  Nyah Nyah!

                      UJ: Uh uh!  My state lottery's a bigger rip off!

                      CO: No way! My state lottery only pays 38% to 40% cash value!

                      UJ: Oh yeah!  Well my state lottery doesn't have any winners to pay so there!  Nyah!

                      Well you could always take the blue pill .............

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                        Posted: January 14, 2006, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

                        "I'm sorry but I just don't undersand that attitude. And I don't understand the obsession with record jackpots. I'd be thrilled to win a paltry $15 million jackpot anyday. I'd take the less than 50% cash value they're now offering and say adios muchachos to the world! "

                        In the vernacular of the 80s, "RIGHT ON, BROTHER!"  (or was that the 70s? 60s?...it's all a blurr) 

                        I used to hope Florida would get PB or MM, but I spend enough on the State games as it is. Tonight Lotto is $35 million. Average lump sum is around 56% ...more than enough for me. Heck, our MegaMoney is $900,000 and pays around 70%. After taxes I could buy a beautiful home for $175,000 cash and I'd have plenty left over so I could move to it, because I'm not going to find a house in SW Florida for that!  But who cares?  No rent! No mortgage! No car payment!  Raleigh area looks like a nice place to live...maybe Asheville.

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                          Posted: January 14, 2006, 11:22 pm - IP Logged

                          Celebrate good times, YAHOO!  Come on!  Wish we had an all states lotto with a Monday Drawing!  Dance

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                            Posted: January 15, 2006, 1:08 am - IP Logged

                            congrats to oklahoma 40,927 people in the money matrix..second only to the keystone state with winners! proof to all the people who said oklahoma wouldn't support the lottery!!  WTG!

                             Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!