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1 Billion Dollar Powerball Jackpot!

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What would you do if you won a billion dollar Powerball?

Would you be scared if you won? [ 11 ]  [20.37%]
Would you move to another country? [ 7 ]  [12.96%]
Go on national TV and let the world see you? [ 4 ]  [7.41%]
Of course quit my job! [ 32 ]  [59.26%]
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Posted: January 13, 2009, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

The rules of Powerball would make a Billion dollar prize all but impossible.

Considering how they are printing money right now though that billion dollars may buy far less than you think.

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    I don't think that will ever happen because back in the nineties after an European investment group won the Virgina lottery by trying to buy all 12 million combinations and controlling 3 lottery terminals for three days, states changed their rules so it was unlikely to ever happen again.  I doubt if anyone or group could play 200 millions specific lines in four days.   

    good point, but they could prolly buy 50 million easy picks from 4 states for a total of $200Meg.

    But I do doubt it, the more I think about it, unless the pot does reach a record amount like 7 or 8 hundred million. 

    So many different things could happen.

     

     

    If just 20 million people in the U.S. would just buy 10 easy picks every draw, there's an excellent chance of having a winner every time.

    (and half of the U.S. population is what, maybe 300 million or something like that?)

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      Here's the thing with big jackpots once they get to the 300 million dollar range people who never bought a ticket before buy at least one ticket, people who usually play every draw buys more tickets and casual lottery players buy more tickets, people line up at machines across the country to buy tickets from dawn till dusk every day until the pot is won.
       
      Even with the new powerball matrix i doubt if a pot will ever grow above 500 million.

      Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

                     I'm not Big John, I'm Four4me, Big John's a friend.
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        I agree with four4me.  I can't see any jackpot exceeding $500 million.

        My answer is..... if any lottery game kept rolling until it reached $1 billion, it would only prove to me even more that the chances of winning are very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very slim. 

        I don't think it would be necessary to leave the country.  I've disappeared before and it's really easy.

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          I'm sorry, but how in the world does 'quit my job' even compare with the other three answers ?

          It's a given that a person will quit their job - even if they say they won't - they will - Trust Me - this I know.

          If you won a billion dollars, you are MUCH safer living here in the USA than you are anywhere else.

           

          JXP - what is the difference between very very very very very very very very slim, and very very very very very very very very very slim ?   LOL

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            Here's the thing with big jackpots once they get to the 300 million dollar range people who never bought a ticket before buy at least one ticket, people who usually play every draw buys more tickets and casual lottery players buy more tickets, people line up at machines across the country to buy tickets from dawn till dusk every day until the pot is won.
             
            Even with the new powerball matrix i doubt if a pot will ever grow above 500 million.

            yup, I think I understand it better now, thanks.

             

            IOW, the interest is generally not high, until the pot is a little bit big, and then the interest in it is suddenly widespread and kills the pot.

            I think having a more enormous jackpot was not even near being an objective of the lottery gods/goddesses  when it comes to the recent powerball remodeling, it was just an imagination of many of us.


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              Posted: January 14, 2009, 10:35 am - IP Logged

              they say it's impossible to win anything at casinos now,so i'd be very paranoid about lottery giving out wins,that one can actually verify.

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                Posted: January 14, 2009, 5:14 pm - IP Logged

                they say it's impossible to win anything at casinos now,so i'd be very paranoid about lottery giving out wins,that one can actually verify.

                Who is this mysterious "they"?

                I have never left Vegas or Atlantic City with less money than I arrived with.

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                  Posted: January 14, 2009, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

                  Who is this mysterious "they"?

                  I have never left Vegas or Atlantic City with less money than I arrived with.

                  What do you play and do you have any pointers?  I have never left Vegas or Atlantic city with MORE money than I came with.

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                    I'm sorry, but how in the world does 'quit my job' even compare with the other three answers ?

                    It's a given that a person will quit their job - even if they say they won't - they will - Trust Me - this I know.

                    If you won a billion dollars, you are MUCH safer living here in the USA than you are anywhere else.

                     

                    JXP - what is the difference between very very very very very very very very slim, and very very very very very very very very very slim ?   LOL

                    Re:  very, very 

                    Not much.  Less typing.   Big Grin

                     

                    By the way, I agree about living in the USA, although I'm sure there are plenty of other safe countries in which to reside.   However, I used to travel quite a lot and it was always nice to come back.  No matter how bad things get here, it's still a great country and it's my home.

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                      The only other country I would consider outside of the USA  MIGHT be Switzerland.  I'm referring to places I would not mind applying for citizenship.

                      Aside from that, there are some small islands in the South Pacific I would hang a hammock on if I could... a few months out of the year.

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                        What do you play and do you have any pointers?  I have never left Vegas or Atlantic city with MORE money than I came with.

                        Beware - it IS possible that people are totally capable of.... what's the word ?    Lying ?   Bending the truth ??    I'm not saying it is happening here, but it DOES happen.

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                          Posted: January 15, 2009, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

                          yup, I think I understand it better now, thanks.

                           

                          IOW, the interest is generally not high, until the pot is a little bit big, and then the interest in it is suddenly widespread and kills the pot.

                          I think having a more enormous jackpot was not even near being an objective of the lottery gods/goddesses  when it comes to the recent powerball remodeling, it was just an imagination of many of us.

                          It's about sales they/each state make lots of money off of the losing tickets. Which is distributed to whichever fund the money is allocated to.

                          The higher the pot gets the more money they make on sales. It's a win win for them.

                          Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

                                         I'm not Big John, I'm Four4me, Big John's a friend.
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                            I don't think that will ever happen because back in the nineties after an European investment group won the Virgina lottery by trying to buy all 12 million combinations and controlling 3 lottery terminals for three days, states changed their rules so it was unlikely to ever happen again.  I doubt if anyone or group could play 200 millions specific lines in four days.   

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                              What do you play and do you have any pointers?  I have never left Vegas or Atlantic city with MORE money than I came with.

                              Poker (Texas Holdem and Omaha Hi Lo), Pai Gow Poker, and Roulette just for kicks.

                               

                              Tips.

                              1. Play a game of skill and practice, practice, practice. This will balance out for days when you are having no luck at games of chance.

                              2. Don't raise your stakes if you are running bad. Take a break, go see a show or walk the boardwalk, and come back when you mind is clear.

                              3. Walking away when you are up a lot is just as important as walking away when you are having a bad day. If you have a good run or win a huge hand and it is still early, you might consider taking off.

                              4. Never lock yourself in to win a certain amount. If you goal is to win $500 that session, and you win $480, you will be looking to try to pickup that last $20 instead of doing the smartest thing. The same goes for getting back to even. If you were on a horrid run and get back to very close, call it a win and try your luck later.

                              5. Never lose touch with the value of money. Many a successful gambler is broke, because he starts to see a hundred dollar lunch as just a hand of poker, so he has no savings to weather a bad streak. Don't start living the high life after one lucky night.

                              6. While you need to remember the value of money, never have an emotional connection to it. You can either be rational or emotional, but not both. Which do you think wins more often?

                              7. Perhaps most important, do not take your ATM card with you. Take exactly how much you want to play with, no more, and stick to it.

                              8. Don't gamble the second you land. You are tired from travelling and need to be clear headed. When you walk in, feel free to slap a 20 down on a spin at the roulette wheel, but then go up to your room, unpack, relax for a bit, and then play.

                              9. Call this one crazy superstition, but I will never play a game against the house against a dealer that looks unhappy or seems to revel in winning. I always try to find a dealer that looks like they are having fun and seem happy when players win.

                              10. Avoid the slots. I swore I would never play them, but a friend of mine finally got me to, and I got the result I expected. :(

                              11. Finally, tip well for good service and a good run at the tables, but don't go crazy or show off.