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$350 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars

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Posted: May 13, 2013, 8:43 am - IP Logged

Some people say they like to get QPs at the night of the draw because they get better results. Personally, I have bought tickets minutes before the cut off time and my results weren't any better than tickets I bought days before the draw.

When the jackpot gets over $200 million, I like to get my tickets days in advance of the drawing just to avoid long lines at the store.

I Agree!

It doesn't matter when you buy the tickets.If you're gonna be lucky,you're gonna be lucky.If you ain't gonna be lucky,you ain't gonna be lucky.


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    Posted: May 13, 2013, 11:13 am - IP Logged

    I think the day of the draw is a good time to get lucky.

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      Posted: May 13, 2013, 2:13 pm - IP Logged

      I hope the Powerball jackpot continues to roll to a new United States record.


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        Posted: May 13, 2013, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

        Are you all ready to see a billion dollar jackpot soon?  It will happen, no one can win.  Previous jackpot winners need to go all in on this since they have the best chances of winning.

        no need for a billion dollar jackpot (wouldn't 10 million be enough for anyone?) why can no one win before it reaches a billion? do previous jackpot winners have the best chance because they can buy more tickets? would a previous winner actually want to win again or think they could? same chance for anyone, anywhere, and whenever they purchase the ticket.

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          Posted: May 13, 2013, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

          no need for a billion dollar jackpot (wouldn't 10 million be enough for anyone?) why can no one win before it reaches a billion? do previous jackpot winners have the best chance because they can buy more tickets? would a previous winner actually want to win again or think they could? same chance for anyone, anywhere, and whenever they purchase the ticket.

          $10 million is a lot of money but would you buy a $2 ticket for a 10 million dollar jackpot if the odds were 1 in 176 million? I know I sure wouldn't.

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            Posted: May 13, 2013, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

            Since I live in California I am relatively new to the PB scene. Does the jackpot usually jump this much when it gets this high, or did us Cali players contribute to a bigger jump?

            Yes. Usually when it's over $250M more people start playing, and the ones who usually play, buy more tickets. So then there are bigger leaps in the dollar value.

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              Posted: May 13, 2013, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

              Interesting observation.  I knew it was growing SLOW, but didn't figure out how slow.  Wonder why?  Maybe because Powerball is pretty high and is stealing MM thunder>>??

              I would say yes. If you're on a limited budget, which one are you more likely to play? It's $350M vs $170M. If the PB pays out this Wednesday, there will be big jumps in the MM after that

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                Posted: May 13, 2013, 8:31 pm - IP Logged

                I plan on playing the day of the drawing since I get paid that day so I hope that their is not a big line at circle k when I go in.  Good luck to all who play this big one.-weshar75

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                  Posted: May 13, 2013, 9:33 pm - IP Logged

                  no need for a billion dollar jackpot (wouldn't 10 million be enough for anyone?) why can no one win before it reaches a billion? do previous jackpot winners have the best chance because they can buy more tickets? would a previous winner actually want to win again or think they could? same chance for anyone, anywhere, and whenever they purchase the ticket.

                  I agree with you about the 10 million.  Because of PB's and MM's ridiculously high odds to win the ridiculously high jackpots, I don't even play those games.  I know I won't win one of those huge jackpots ... and don't need or want that much.

                  It is obvious, however, that there are a heck-of-a-lot people that think they need that much ... enough people playing those games to finance their huge jackpots!!!

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                    I agree with you about the 10 million.  Because of PB's and MM's ridiculously high odds to win the ridiculously high jackpots, I don't even play those games.  I know I won't win one of those huge jackpots ... and don't need or want that much.

                    It is obvious, however, that there are a heck-of-a-lot people that think they need that much ... enough people playing those games to finance their huge jackpots!!!

                    Well hats off to you. I applaud your stance. Nothing more irritating to me than the people who win the huge jackpots who then turnaround and complain about it endlessly, keep their jobs and never enjoy it. I always wonder why those people bother to play. It's one of the great mysteries of life. A riddle for the sphinx. If you only want enough to take care of your bills, more pwer to you. PB and MM would be a waste.

                    But for the rest of us who do play in the hopes of hitting it big, maybe we have a large, close knit family we would like to help out. Maybe we know someone in desperate need of expensive medical care. Friends who've lost their jobs and are down on their luck. Children with no money for college. A high school needing books, computers, science equipment. Maybe for those of us who have situations like these in our lives, a 100M jackpot would work out better than a $10M. Dreaming big isn't always about greed or selfishness. Don't scoff or deride others without knowing what they want it for.

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                      Well hats off to you. I applaud your stance. Nothing more irritating to me than the people who win the huge jackpots who then turnaround and complain about it endlessly, keep their jobs and never enjoy it. I always wonder why those people bother to play. It's one of the great mysteries of life. A riddle for the sphinx. If you only want enough to take care of your bills, more pwer to you. PB and MM would be a waste.

                      But for the rest of us who do play in the hopes of hitting it big, maybe we have a large, close knit family we would like to help out. Maybe we know someone in desperate need of expensive medical care. Friends who've lost their jobs and are down on their luck. Children with no money for college. A high school needing books, computers, science equipment. Maybe for those of us who have situations like these in our lives, a 100M jackpot would work out better than a $10M. Dreaming big isn't always about greed or selfishness. Don't scoff or deride others without knowing what they want it for.

                      The bigger the jackpot the better 'cause I'm a greedy s.o.b & I'm not afraid to admit it!

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                        Are you all ready to see a billion dollar jackpot soon?  It will happen, no one can win.  Previous jackpot winners need to go all in on this since they have the best chances of winning.

                        I actually thought about that the other day. If the $587M PB hadn't been claimed. I'm fairly certain it would have gotten there in the next 2-3 rollovers. People had been going crazy with ticket purchases. 

                        Unfortunately, I also realized that person(s) would have had the biggest target on them safety wise. Unless the states made an exception, not being anonymous to claim it would have been begging for trouble. Winners have been shot, poisoned, threatened with kidnapping for jackpots much much less than that. I really believe a billion dollar winner would have to keep 24/hr bodyguard protection from the moment the ticket is claimed until the day they died. Family and close friends would have been at risk as well for kidnapping and extortion attempts. 

                        Which brings me to my question. If you ever won a jackpot large enough to be detrimental to your life, can you (after wining) move to a state that allows for anonymous claimants and claim your winnings there? I know that it's set up that no matter where you move to you still have to pay taxes in the state you lived in at the time of the ticket purchase. But can someone establish residency in a state for claiming purposes only? Or must you claim it in the state you won?

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                          I actually thought about that the other day. If the $587M PB hadn't been claimed. I'm fairly certain it would have gotten there in the next 2-3 rollovers. People had been going crazy with ticket purchases. 

                          Unfortunately, I also realized that person(s) would have had the biggest target on them safety wise. Unless the states made an exception, not being anonymous to claim it would have been begging for trouble. Winners have been shot, poisoned, threatened with kidnapping for jackpots much much less than that. I really believe a billion dollar winner would have to keep 24/hr bodyguard protection from the moment the ticket is claimed until the day they died. Family and close friends would have been at risk as well for kidnapping and extortion attempts. 

                          Which brings me to my question. If you ever won a jackpot large enough to be detrimental to your life, can you (after wining) move to a state that allows for anonymous claimants and claim your winnings there? I know that it's set up that no matter where you move to you still have to pay taxes in the state you lived in at the time of the ticket purchase. But can someone establish residency in a state for claiming purposes only? Or must you claim it in the state you won?

                          My ticket says "Iowa Powerball" on it.I assume that I must make my claim in Iowa,not Missouri or Illinois or any other state.

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                            Posted: May 13, 2013, 10:56 pm - IP Logged

                            No you have to claim a ticket in the state in which it is bought

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                              Posted: May 13, 2013, 11:19 pm - IP Logged

                              No you have to claim a ticket in the state in which it is bought

                              <snip>. In that case, no. I wouldn't want to win a billion dollars. $350-$550M will work just fine Wink

                              There'd be a $1 Billion Dead Man Walking sign on my back if I did. It would probably freak me out. Family members would be nothing but ransom money to some greedy desperate person. 

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