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$250 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot ramps up

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Posted: February 6, 2012, 9:21 am - IP Logged

We had an office pool for the PB drawing on Saturday.  It's the first time in over 10 years we have done it.  We had 17 of the 27 employees get in on it.  I would expect that since the JP went up, so will the participation number.

For those interested, we didn't win anything.  Didn't even have 2 number on one line.  No Nod  But with the increased JP is increased hope! Hurray!

Were they all just quick pick's?

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    Posted: February 6, 2012, 10:19 am - IP Logged

    Hmmm, Annutiy or Lump Sum??? Personaly, I think I'd take the Annuity. On average that comes out to $694,444 Per MONTH for the next 30 years! Yeah, I suppose I could live off that. Forget taking the Lump Sum, and than trying to double your money, when there is a guaranteed way to pull in a Quarter Billion...

    Heck, I just hope that me and whoever hits the jackpot have the same Numbers picked out!

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      Posted: February 6, 2012, 10:35 am - IP Logged

      Hmmm, Annutiy or Lump Sum??? Personaly, I think I'd take the Annuity. On average that comes out to $694,444 Per MONTH for the next 30 years! Yeah, I suppose I could live off that. Forget taking the Lump Sum, and than trying to double your money, when there is a guaranteed way to pull in a Quarter Billion...

      Heck, I just hope that me and whoever hits the jackpot have the same Numbers picked out!

      You seem to forget that the Democratic Regressives want to raise taxes and punish the wealthy !

      I say lump sum all the way ............... and it should necessarily go to an "evil Republican" like meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (one winner please, to drive the nuts like Dennis Kucinich over the edge)

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      being part of the Newly Green($$$$$) 1% ............. Priceless !!!!!!!!

      This is not being extravagant ....... I just want to preserve a piece of history Cool

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        Posted: February 6, 2012, 11:01 am - IP Logged

        Anybody out there consider taking the annuity with this level of payout? Just curious...

        I am taking the annuity after I win. Over $5 million a year after taxes. I can't begin to spend that.

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          Posted: February 6, 2012, 11:09 am - IP Logged

          I am taking the annuity after I win. Over $5 million a year after taxes. I can't begin to spend that.

          Not if the Democrats get their wish to punish the "1%" , the Greed of Envy Mad would take 90% if they could! Not to mention the very real possibility of the devaluation of the $!

          Socialism breeds mediocrity ........................

          This needs to go to one person in a lump sum ................. drive the dingbats batty! Crazy

          and yes ....... I am a big spender ............ $4 on the chance for a $101,000,000 + wire tranfer to my bank account ................ Dance

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            Posted: February 6, 2012, 11:09 am - IP Logged

            Now to go and pick up my $100 I won on a scratch-off I bought yesterday.

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              Posted: February 6, 2012, 11:26 am - IP Logged

              I can't imagine one person winning a jackpot if it surpassed $400million.  It would likely go to a large pool or multiple persons.

              I would love to see this jackpot go to a large pool...    a large pool in my new backyard!!!

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                Posted: February 6, 2012, 11:32 am - IP Logged

                If there isn't a winner this time, whats the next increase going up to ? Over 300 ?....aint happenin, since I purchased the winning ticket !!!    Lump sum, here I come  Thumbs Up

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                  Posted: February 6, 2012, 11:40 am - IP Logged

                  I would love to see this jackpot go to a large pool...    a large pool in my new backyard!!!

                  I Agree!  Thumbs Up Priceless

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                    Posted: February 6, 2012, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                    If there isn't a winner this time, whats the next increase going up to ? Over 300 ?....aint happenin, since I purchased the winning ticket !!!    Lump sum, here I come  Thumbs Up

                    prolly btwn $300M & $315M Smash

                    "You have to be in it to win it!"

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                      Posted: February 6, 2012, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

                      Not if the Democrats get their wish to punish the "1%" , the Greed of Envy Mad would take 90% if they could! Not to mention the very real possibility of the devaluation of the $!

                      Socialism breeds mediocrity ........................

                      This needs to go to one person in a lump sum ................. drive the dingbats batty! Crazy

                      and yes ....... I am a big spender ............ $4 on the chance for a $101,000,000 + wire tranfer to my bank account ................ Dance

                      Amen DP....pay my taxes now, watch the pooooolice and the taxman catch me....Im MOBILE   Drum

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                        Posted: February 6, 2012, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

                        Amen DP....pay my taxes now, watch the pooooolice and the taxman catch me....Im MOBILE   Drum

                        I would increase my moblility with a 2012 991 Carrera S !

                        and as you can see, I am dressed very nicely! That is really me in the pic! Big Grin

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                          I would increase my moblility with a 2012 991 Carrera S !

                          and as you can see, I am dressed very nicely! That is really me in the pic! Big Grin

                          I am sorta partial towards that new Acura NSX that I saw during the superbowl ....funny thing, so is my kid (rotten lil monster)...already put in the demand for it when I win...Cant even get a new toy and the offspring wants it !!!!  I'll trick em though and buy a used 79 chevy chevette and hide it under a car cover in the garage saying its the only birthday present I am buying ..uncover it on that joyous day and watch the facial expressions  go from being extatic to looking like they are headed to the barn to shovel cow poo !!!! Red Devil  Naughty

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                            Posted: February 6, 2012, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

                            I never understood people that are so paranoid about their identity being revealed if they win the lottery. If you are that paranoid, don't play, problem solved. 

                            There are thousands of people worth hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars all over this country and all over the world and they exist just fine. Most of them live in regular homes with no gates, no guards and drive regular cars and go regular places like everyone else. 

                            And who cares if people ask you for money? There is a simple solution to that, TELL THEM NO. You say it enough times, they will stop asking.

                            First of all, I mainly distrust certain Americans because of their blind allegiance to the human messiah, the great transformer, the illegitimate NP prize winner. But paranoid? Not at all. The difference between my current and future lifestyle and that of a lot of Americans is that I travel to places and come into contact with people who are seeking a big payout somehow. They view foreigners as people with deep pocket, and should they somehow find out about my wealth, bad things would likely happen to me. I love traveling and meeting the local people where they live...not staying in just a 5 star hotel or all-inclusive resort. I also won't have bodyguards hanging with me, and that my friend VenomV12, would be the difference between me and those wealthy celebrities and athletes. Except for the most iconic businesses, business people are largely incognito, as they may be wealthy but not largely known to the whole world.  Another difference between even known wealthy business people and lottery winners is that people somehow view earned/investment wealth differently from luckily acquired riches.  I don't think people come knocking on Bill Gates or Warren Buffetts door looking for a loan or grant for their 'business' idea!
                            The main reason I will claim the prize less publicly is because I still desire to travel with the masses on commercial airplanes. What will change is I would no longer use public ground transportation when visiting developing countries.

                            And when I win, I will claim the jackpot in lump sum...again going back to my distrust of American intelligence in voting for true leaders. I will be sure to buy the nicest foreign sports cars greenbacks can buy...and that will be as close I get to being green since I have been green, environment conscious as far back as I can remember (I purchased a little gas sipper that got 40 miles to the gallon when BIG was the in thing wrt cars, SUVs, and trucks).

                            Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                            The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                              Posted: February 6, 2012, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

                              Well, Venom (wow, you sound really dangerous and stuff) , you appear to be the type who'd enjoy telling the world about your big winnings, so post your name and address on here after hitting it large, and invite us all to your grand party to celebrate. LOL

                              If there is a $1,000,000. door prize, I am so going to be there, lol. Big Grin

                              "I never understood people that are so paranoid about their identity being revealed if they win the lottery. If you are that paranoid, don't play, problem solved. 

                              There are thousands of people worth hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars all over this country and all over the world and they exist just fine. Most of them live in regular homes with no gates, no guards and drive regular cars and go regular places like everyone else. 

                              And who cares if people ask you for money? There is a simple solution to that, TELL THEM NO. You say it enough times, they will stop asking."

                              I would not call it being paranoid, but more along the lines of good old fashioned common sense, carefull planning and preservation. Most folks that would remain anonymous have friends, clubs and organizations that they would like to continue hanging out with. That would surely change if they were to go public. If I won something, I do not want to have to put a friend or associate in the position of myself having to tell them no and then seeing the disappointment and resentment on their face.

                              Just to tell someone no, it might seem that simple but it really isn't. Just have a look at the list of lottery failures that have had major falling outs with their family, have commited suicide or have even been murdered for their money. Some of them might have started off with the intention of saying no to everyone, but it takes just fulfilling one request. Word of their good deed spreads and the next thing you know, everyone is approaching for a hand out. You might be able to handle turning these requests down for a few weeks or so, but it will soon get very draining on your psyche. I don't care how bulletproof someone thinks they are, I've got my own set of steel testicles, but even I am not that reckless.

                              Except for a few politicians, financial analysts and other upper middle class types, a vast majority of jackpot winners come from the poor and middle class. They don't have the daily hands on experience of managing large sums of money or the fame and publicity that comes with it. There's also a huge difference between the 1% and jackpot winners, they built their wealth up slowly over time by playing a smart game. History shows that friends and family usually don't go nuts when the results are not so immediate.

                              "Why play the game then?" most of us have a dream of managing "The Dream" carefully so it lasts us for the rest of our lives, not to mention to be able to pass it down through our children and grandchildren.

                              For some of the above reasons, is why I do not get my hopes up of reading a success story down the road of lottery winners that chose to go public. If you can beat the odds stacked up against you, more power to ya.