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American Indian's avatar - disney14
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Looking at gross this is largest single-ticket cash.

However, technically Gloria would still come out on top in real $.

Florida has no state tax on lotto

Indiana has 3.4% tax, reducing prize to about $367.08 million before Federal

Y'ALL are crazy!!! Does it really matter the exact amount to be PD out????? I hope It was a big family or a group of people, who NEEDS that much money for themselves anyway? I've always said If I were to win a HUGE or a BIG Jackpot I would take out what I need a few Million and the rest would go to helping others in my situation and those that are really in need, plus there's a lot of Charities I would love to give to!

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    Mr./Ms. PickToWin,

    I think many/most of us can relate to your frustration.
    I often think I'm the most vulnerable, of anyone, anywhere.

    But yeah, I agree. Especially, when there are potentially 7.3 billion people who were competing
    for the prize. But, it happened. No one else duplicated the winning number, besides Indiana.

    So, I too have had that sour feeling in my stomach since around 12:50am, this morning.
    I didn't even want breakfast this morning.

    I certainly don't need all that cash, only $1 million, but I had my month of dreaming.

    It turns out I won absolutely nothing, zip, nada, niks (Dutch), tipota (Greek), meiyou (Chinese),
    asgjë (Albanian), rien (French),  nichego (Russian), kitu (Swahili), ingenting (Norwegian), nani mo (Japanese).

    Mr. Groppo

    oh yeah, I forgot to mention. When I went to buy my tickets, the clerk had already printed 5 tickets by mistake and offered it to me. I was certain it would be the winning ticket. Nope, it was a LOSS of 5 dollars!Confused

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      many people need or want that kind of money....which is why the frenzy kicks in when the jackpot gets that big....

       

      If you are mad that it does not get spread out more often...

      1. Maybe petition the lottery commission to set it up that way (I won't sign it...)
      2. OR, just DON'T play at all.

      I don't understand why people get their knickers all in a bunch about a single winner of a large sum...that IS the nature of the game --> many, one or none at all.

       

      Congrats winner or winners (if it's a group), it's YOUR money now. Do with it what you will. Don't feel pressured to donate to charity just because people EXPECT you to do so, it's not a precondition to win AND the money you spend on your ticket is already set to go to a good cause in the state anyone of us buys a ticket....

       

      Good night!

      I Agree!

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        Saylorgirl, according to Wikipedia, Cambridge City is only 1sq mile in size and the population is only 1,870 (as of 2010).

        Cambridge City is about 56 miles east of Indianapolis, IN (1hr dirve).

        Definitely a throw back to the good Ole days.

        cambridge

        Well, thank you!  Can you imagine a city with only a population of 1,870 to win the largest single pay out in jackpot history.  It would be hard to keep that a secret!

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          Well, thank you!  Can you imagine a city with only a population of 1,870 to win the largest single pay out in jackpot history.  It would be hard to keep that a secret!

          Not to change the subject, but NJ won $1 million on Powerball last night.  That is definitely becoming a 'can't lose state'.  California had five #'s, but player got ripped off over $600K due to paramutuel requirement.

          Good luck everyone for the $311 million jackpot Wednesday.

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            Well, thank you!  Can you imagine a city with only a population of 1,870 to win the largest single pay out in jackpot history.  It would be hard to keep that a secret!

            Lol But it could have been a family on vacation and just passing through town.

            Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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              Not to change the subject, but NJ won $1 million on Powerball last night.  That is definitely becoming a 'can't lose state'.  California had five #'s, but player got ripped off over $600K due to paramutuel requirement.

              Good luck everyone for the $311 million jackpot Wednesday.

              Detailed Draw Results for California

              Matching NumbersWinning TicketsPrize Amount
              5 + Powerball0$288,000,000
              51$246,261
              4 + Powerball0$63,043
              457$552
              3 + Powerball185$177
              34,579$8
              2 + Powerball3,907$9
              1 + Powerball31,095$5
              Powerball76,366$4
              Total Winning Tickets116,190

              More than 600k...They only got $246,261 for 5 numbers. Everywhere else will get $1,000,000

              That's a difference of $753,739 less! 

              They did get $552 instead of $100 for 4 numbers and $177 instead of $100 for 3 +PB#

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                Simpsonville
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                Detailed Draw Results for California

                Matching NumbersWinning TicketsPrize Amount
                5 + Powerball0$288,000,000
                51$246,261
                4 + Powerball0$63,043
                457$552
                3 + Powerball185$177
                34,579$8
                2 + Powerball3,907$9
                1 + Powerball31,095$5
                Powerball76,366$4
                Total Winning Tickets116,190

                More than 600k...They only got $246,261 for 5 numbers. Everywhere else will get $1,000,000

                That's a difference of $753,739 less! 

                They did get $552 instead of $100 for 4 numbers and $177 instead of $100 for 3 +PB#

                Thanks for correcting my math!  I didn't bother to look further down @ the other results.  Sometimes their system does pay better, it did one time on MM winner got over 2.2 million $  with five #'s and Megaplier was only  two.

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                  Lol But it could have been a family on vacation and just passing through town.

                  That was my second thought, first being a trucker stopping by.

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                    I'll take a step back to some of the discussion a little ways back regarding "how much you get to take away" after all the cuts and everything... 

                    Every time I see that brought up, it comes across as people are rolling their eyes about it or whatever... Who gives a crap if you were just left with 1 or 2 million... Is anyone here honestly going to tell me that amount of money to pocket isn't worth your time? Everyone has different bugets for sure, but sometimes I see people saying they need so many millions before it could change their life... There are ways to take 1 million and make a comfortable less stressful lifestyle out of that. Most people I've known in life can easily pay off their nice homes and probably several other things and then coast comfortably for some time.

                    Peace of mind can be bought for amounts under 300 or 400 million... But if the dream is to have the biggest this and that and the most cars, then yeah I see where you wouldn't be able to make it work.

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                      Lol But it could have been a family on vacation and just passing through town.

                      My sentiments exactly! the folks in town would be mighty upset if that was the case.

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                        I'll take a step back to some of the discussion a little ways back regarding "how much you get to take away" after all the cuts and everything... 

                        Every time I see that brought up, it comes across as people are rolling their eyes about it or whatever... Who gives a crap if you were just left with 1 or 2 million... Is anyone here honestly going to tell me that amount of money to pocket isn't worth your time? Everyone has different bugets for sure, but sometimes I see people saying they need so many millions before it could change their life... There are ways to take 1 million and make a comfortable less stressful lifestyle out of that. Most people I've known in life can easily pay off their nice homes and probably several other things and then coast comfortably for some time.

                        Peace of mind can be bought for amounts under 300 or 400 million... But if the dream is to have the biggest this and that and the most cars, then yeah I see where you wouldn't be able to make it work.

                        If players only wanted $1 or $2 million then they would certainly only play in state games and not waste their time or money on the MSUL but the fact is most everyone is greedy and simply wants more in order to live a certain lifestyle while having the freedom to help those THEY choose.

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                          many people need or want that kind of money....which is why the frenzy kicks in when the jackpot gets that big....

                           

                          If you are mad that it does not get spread out more often...

                          1. Maybe petition the lottery commission to set it up that way (I won't sign it...)
                          2. OR, just DON'T play at all.

                          I don't understand why people get their knickers all in a bunch about a single winner of a large sum...that IS the nature of the game --> many, one or none at all.

                           

                          Congrats winner or winners (if it's a group), it's YOUR money now. Do with it what you will. Don't feel pressured to donate to charity just because people EXPECT you to do so, it's not a precondition to win AND the money you spend on your ticket is already set to go to a good cause in the state anyone of us buys a ticket....

                           

                          Good night!

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                            Hahaha. you're right music*. I didn't notice that. I live in NJ. What does New Jersey remind you of?

                             

                            jersey

                            golfer1960, You should change your town's name to EatOneTown,New Jersey.

                             From the map, I see a lot of potential lands to be developed.

                             May you win Power Ball this Wednesday night! Shocked

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                              I was kinda annoyed to see 1 person win the jackpot too, but I have my doubts about the whole thing.

                              me personally, having done lots of research on these draw games (not saying it's fact, but just based on what I've read), I think it's absolute bull<snip> that 1 ticket won. When you look at the number of tickets that won $1 or $2 prizes (not including the losers, like the 2 I bought which matched 2 of the winning numbers on different lines)...it was 7 MILLION TICKETS that made $1. How is that possible? Perhaps the numbers are being manipulated? And...how do we know it really was a winner, and not a scandal to roll it back to 15 million? 

                              I was already having my doubts about mega millions and random draws, but after this I'm done with it. I would be happy with $10,000 right about now. Hell, $5,000 would make some big changes right now. I rather play games with odds of 1 in 3 or 1 in 4,  rather than chase some numbers for a ridiculous sum of money which you likely won't even be able to access for awhile anyway (I wonder how long the hold on a check of many millions, not to mention the issues of trying to safely secure it). 

                              That said , I'm not mad at whoever won. I just don't think it's fair game. The odds are too long. You don't get anything back. I've played dozens of MM tickets, and only won $2 twice. I played two $5 scratch off games I've never played before and made $15 today. I played fantasy 5 and made $21 my first time playing.

                              If I really believed in mega millions, I wouldn't stop just because someone won. The game isn't over, the draws are going to continue. I'd just have to dream a smaller jackpot. 

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