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$356 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot nears record

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Posted: March 24, 2012, 10:48 am - IP Logged

I wish you win it all. I might not play at all. They should allow players to claim it anonymously.Good Luck to you, may your wish come true.

Thrifty - on a serious note:  most likely there will be multiple winners, not just one... which will bring the total j/p way down... think 3 or 4 winners... now that j/p is a 'normal' one... dont give up on it... worst case?  Should you win?  With some careful planning, YOU can choose the 'multiple winners' and share the j/p with 3 or 4 others... spreading the 'media-heat'.

This would be a wonderful j/p even if there were 10 winners (down to the original 40M$ that it PB starts with and WAY over what MM starts with).

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    Posted: March 24, 2012, 10:53 am - IP Logged

    Anyone know where I can find info about winners that were quick picks compared to winners that chose their numbers? because the last 2 drawing, I have a hard time believing anyone would choose those combo's. If someone were to win either of the last 2 they would HAVE to be QP's no?

    Many people picks "birthday numbers" for their lucky numbers in hopes of winning... the past 2 draws have been bday numbers.. that's y there have been so many 2nd place winners.. 68-39... Its not a large probability for those numbers to hit like that... im thankful tho for the jackpot ill be winning on Tuesday :-)

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      Posted: March 24, 2012, 10:54 am - IP Logged

      Thrifty - on a serious note:  most likely there will be multiple winners, not just one... which will bring the total j/p way down... think 3 or 4 winners... now that j/p is a 'normal' one... dont give up on it... worst case?  Should you win?  With some careful planning, YOU can choose the 'multiple winners' and share the j/p with 3 or 4 others... spreading the 'media-heat'.

      This would be a wonderful j/p even if there were 10 winners (down to the original 40M$ that it PB starts with and WAY over what MM starts with).

      That sounds good, can you imagine winning the whole thing with 1 Quick Pick Ticket. It will be insane.

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        Posted: March 24, 2012, 11:00 am - IP Logged

        Knowing yourself and your situation is fabulous!  I agree, this kind of win would change not just your LIFE but also your WORLD.  Of necessity it would be a huge roller coaster ride for a while.  Form trusts, travel/hide, move, change name... and still you would be hunted.  You would become the world's most favorite "big game".

        Wow - put that way?  I'm in!  I will, in a self-sacrificing move, put myself forward as the target of this media-rage/frenzy, thus saving everyone else.  Whew, now I feel better - I have found a way to save the world w/o even saving the cheerleader.

        U covered Twilight and Heroes.. i love it!!! im in... vampires n super powers... yay!!!!! haha ;-)

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          Posted: March 24, 2012, 11:23 am - IP Logged

          Anyone know where I can find info about winners that were quick picks compared to winners that chose their numbers? because the last 2 drawing, I have a hard time believing anyone would choose those combo's. If someone were to win either of the last 2 they would HAVE to be QP's no?

          Some states list that info on their websites, but I can give you a pretty good estimate without checking. For starters we already know that a lot of people play "lucky" numbers, and for a lot of people that means significant dates. Then there's the math.

          According to lottorreport,com the last two drawings sold 78,423,325 and 111,282,952 tickets. The odds of winning the 2nd prize are  1 in 3,904,701, so dividing sales by odds tells us that we would have had  20 and 28.5 winners if all the tickets had random combinations and the results did what probability suggests. Instead we had 68 and 39 winners.  We also know that QP's account for between 70 and 80% of total sales, so if everything had been random there would have been 14 to 16 and 20 to 23 QP winners.

          Probability certainly alows for unusual results, and there may have been a few more QP winners than suggested by probability, but that many winners is even less likely than winning the jackpot with one ticket.  That makes it virtually certain that almost all of the "extra" winners came from people picking those numbers. There's always the chance that there's some common thread, such as the PB fortune cookie from a few years ago, but it's probably because all the numbers are birthdays numbers. I'll guess that there are two reason that we had more winners from smaller sales on the first drawing. One is that choosing birthday numbers  probably wouldn't result in using the same number for the mega ball that was used for the other 5 numbers. The other is that the first drawing had more numbers that would work for months, as well as the day of the month.

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            Posted: March 24, 2012, 11:25 am - IP Logged

            if the winner of this jackpot is smart they'll grab thar bags and get out of the country triple quick

            smart money

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              Posted: March 24, 2012, 11:31 am - IP Logged

              It is time to work on new set of combos. The next draw will most likely to have combination in the balanced spectrum, or maybe it will be all high numbers and MB number being 1. I noticed when the Jackpot gets over 200M the combination no longer balanced. You get like 3 consecutive numbers, all low, all high, all odd, all even, MB from white ball, etc. They are still part of the matrix but not in the balance spectrum, so we shall see what the next results will be like and adjust accordingly.

              Good luck everyone.

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                Posted: March 24, 2012, 11:34 am - IP Logged

                No matter what part of Florida I lived in I would be taking a road trip to Georgia........lol

                Yep, right up I-75 to Lake Park.  As I understand it, they sell a lot of Mega Millions tickets right there.  Actually the first couple of exits into Florida still sell a lot of Powerball tickets, even though Georgia has that now too.  People think because Florida has no state income tax that they will reap those benefits, but they are sadly mistaken.  If someone from GA bought the winning powerball ticket in Florida you can best bet that the Georgia Department of Revenue will come running pronto to get that 6%.

                Be sassy and be happy.

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                  Posted: March 24, 2012, 11:35 am - IP Logged

                  I say it don't mean a thing unless you got that winning ticket...doo wop doo wop doo wop doo wop!  But to that end, I have been so hard hit by this administrations policies that I am ALL in for the next drawing. I am going to play $50 in QP and another $50 of my own picks.  I predict just like TW will be getting that W at Bay Hill this weekend, I will be collecting a nice lump sum of cash the first week of April (well I will need a few days to consult with my legal team and interview some accountants!).  And I want to truly thank ALL serious and even the casual lottery players as well as those who only jump in when the jackpot exceeds a certain value in ADVANCE for funding my "live how I want to, where I want to" lifestyle fund. You will notice I didn't use or say the "R" word as I think that is the kiss of death.

                  That's definitely going 'ALL IN' LOL

                  For the hell of it, let us know how much in winnings you end up getting for that 100.

                  I'm thinking more like $20, ten ticks with megapliers.

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                    Posted: March 24, 2012, 11:39 am - IP Logged

                    if the winner of this jackpot is smart they'll grab thar bags and get out of the country triple quick

                    smart money

                    This is my thoughts as well.  There are certain attorneys that specialize in that sort of thing.  But only a few that are any good at it.

                    Be sassy and be happy.

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                      Posted: March 24, 2012, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

                      Holy Mammoth Shocked 

                      $356+M White Bounce

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

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                        Posted: March 24, 2012, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

                        Attys and advisers ???  whewwwwwww...the necessary evil with this kind of $$$.......... Lets see if the winner speaks for themselves, has a designated person to do so or takes the 5th........... If its me...no pics, no comments...and collect on late Friday afternoon, maybe with a plane ticket in hand to a destination of my choosing for a few weeks.....so many choices,options and opportunities..........Let the winning begin on Tuesday !!!

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                          Posted: March 24, 2012, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

                          Attys and advisers ???  whewwwwwww...the necessary evil with this kind of $$$.......... Lets see if the winner speaks for themselves, has a designated person to do so or takes the 5th........... If its me...no pics, no comments...and collect on late Friday afternoon, maybe with a plane ticket in hand to a destination of my choosing for a few weeks.....so many choices,options and opportunities..........Let the winning begin on Tuesday !!!

                          Let me ask... if you already have a ticket in hand but have not collected the money, which may not hit your bank for a few banking days, how do you get the money for your get-away trip? Do you borrow against the winnings that have not yet been collected? Or can you make arrangement with the lottery office to have whatever publicity is required a few days after you actually make the claim? That money just does not magically appear the afternoon you go and collect.

                          It's an interesting thought anyway, regardless of the jackpot size. How fast do things actually happen?

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                            That's definitely going 'ALL IN' LOL

                            For the hell of it, let us know how much in winnings you end up getting for that 100.

                            I'm thinking more like $20, ten ticks with megapliers.

                            Yea I luv the megapliers - hit 4 of 6 numbers a couple of months ago with a 4x!! its like I played those numbers 4x's Thumbs Up

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                              Posted: March 24, 2012, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

                              I remember back when I got up to $390million. MegaMillions wasn't in Louisiana yet and I told my wife if it were to hit a half billion, I was going to drive to the Texas border(around 3 hours) to buy tickets.  It may do that this time and I'll only have a go about mile to get tickets now.

                              Louisiana hasn't had a MegaMillions jackpot winner yet, it's time I became the first jackpot winner of the game in Louisiana.Smile

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