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Are you ready for the attention?

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Do you REALLY want to win a billion dollar jackpot?

Yes [ 79 ]  [70.54%]
No [ 14 ]  [12.50%]
Would rather share such a huge prize. [ 19 ]  [16.96%]
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Posted: November 26, 2015, 11:36 am - IP Logged

"Not only would I not want to win $1B but I'd definitely not want to be the first person to win a $!B jackpot. "

That might be the dumbest thing I've ever read on LP. LOL Thanks for the laugh!

Why dumb? 

Would I refuse a bil, no I wouldn't. But it's also not someting I particularly desire, especially with the unavoidable attention and publicity.

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    Posted: November 26, 2015, 11:48 am - IP Logged

    Why dumb? 

    Would I refuse a bil, no I wouldn't. But it's also not someting I particularly desire, especially with the unavoidable attention and publicity.

    Why would anyone play any lottery game that they didn't want to win the top prize?

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: November 26, 2015, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

      Why would anyone play any lottery game that they didn't want to win the top prize?

      I didn't realize anyone here was doing that?

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        Posted: November 26, 2015, 9:48 pm - IP Logged

        Why would anyone play any lottery game that they didn't want to win the top prize?

        Who says they're going to play? Anyone who wants to is welcome to play for $200 million, $300 Million, and so on, then stop playing when the jackpot exceeds some particular threshold. That way they aren't playing a game where they don't want to win the top prize.

        I'll note, however, that the idea of playing when the jackpot is $40, $140, or $250 million but not playing when it's a billion dollars is one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard.

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          Posted: November 26, 2015, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

          Am I ready for the attention?  As ready as I'll ever be.  I think I can handle it.

          Of course, that 1 billion would "only" be - depending upon the taxes in your state of residence - around $600 million.  It's a little depressing to think of the $400 million handed over to Uncle Sam which wouldn't even cover govt. spending for an hour.  However, it would be satisfying knowing that huge chunk of money would benefit our wounded military,  help single mothers feed their children and be used to assist areas devastated by natural disasters.  OTOH, a too-large part of those taxes would be given to able-bodied people gaming the welfare system,  paying for a study on the mating habits of the common Mississippi catfish, funding "art" like a cross in a jar of urine...and for Congressional junkets to places like the Bahamas or Switzerland. (AKA vacations on the taxpayer's dime)


          A people that elect corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims...but accomplices.
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            Posted: November 27, 2015, 12:37 am - IP Logged

            Why would anyone play any lottery game that they didn't want to win the top prize?

            Ticket sales determines if it's likely (more than a 50% chance) a jackpot will be won. For the 11/24 MM drawing, 14.7 million tickets were sold and 13 million tickets were sold for the 11/25 PB drawing. By simply dividing the ticket sales by the total possible outcomes (258,890,850) for MM and divide by 292,201,338 for PB will give a ball park percentage. The 5.67% chance doesn't mean the jackpot won't be won, just highly unlikely.

            On 3/30/2012 when the total possible combs was 175 million, 651,915,940 tickets were sold making it just slightly less than a 100% chance the jackpot would be won. There were 3 winning tickets for that drawing dividing the $474 million cash value ($656 million annuity) so IMO, under the current matrix it's very unlikely we'll see $1 Billion MM jackpot. IMO, considering what was wagered on $1 ticket MM, if that amount was wagered on PB, 326 million tickets and highly likely a jackpot winner.

            When somebody says "Not only would I not want to win $1B but I'd definitely not want to be the first person to win a $!B jackpot" the obvious is they won't be buying a ticket making the statement very irrelevant and IMO very dumb.

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              Posted: November 27, 2015, 12:40 am - IP Logged

              Who says they're going to play? Anyone who wants to is welcome to play for $200 million, $300 Million, and so on, then stop playing when the jackpot exceeds some particular threshold. That way they aren't playing a game where they don't want to win the top prize.

              I'll note, however, that the idea of playing when the jackpot is $40, $140, or $250 million but not playing when it's a billion dollars is one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard.

              "Anyone who wants to is welcome to play for $200 million, $300 Million, and so on, then stop playing when the jackpot exceeds some particular threshold. That way they aren't playing a game where they don't want to win the top prize."

              LOLAgree with stupid LOL

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                Posted: November 27, 2015, 12:45 am - IP Logged

                Who says they're going to play? Anyone who wants to is welcome to play for $200 million, $300 Million, and so on, then stop playing when the jackpot exceeds some particular threshold. That way they aren't playing a game where they don't want to win the top prize.

                I'll note, however, that the idea of playing when the jackpot is $40, $140, or $250 million but not playing when it's a billion dollars is one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard.

                KY Floyd,

                As per the thread title, not everyone wants $1B worth of attention.

                Let's say the jackpot is $140M or $250M, I'd like to see what people would say if asked what are they going to do with $1B that they can't do with $140M or $250M.

                As a side note, I don't buy the 'charity' answers because I'm sure every charity out there would rather get a steady chump change donation than a huge donation' when I hit the lottery'.

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  Posted: November 27, 2015, 8:16 am - IP Logged

                  KY Floyd,

                  As per the thread title, not everyone wants $1B worth of attention.

                  Let's say the jackpot is $140M or $250M, I'd like to see what people would say if asked what are they going to do with $1B that they can't do with $140M or $250M.

                  As a side note, I don't buy the 'charity' answers because I'm sure every charity out there would rather get a steady chump change donation than a huge donation' when I hit the lottery'.

                  I agree Coin Toss. A billion dollar winner would be in the press the rest of their life. I think most people can live with the attention of winning $200 million since it eventually will wane by 99%.

                  J'aime La France.

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                    Posted: November 28, 2015, 8:58 am - IP Logged

                    Yes, we have a great hiding place.

                     HyperBe Happy.

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                      Posted: November 28, 2015, 11:59 am - IP Logged

                      Excellent plan Teddi.  Now all we need is a winner!

                      Not "A" winner, Lejardin. "The" winner. Moi 

                      LOL

                      Only problem I see is that the pot seems unable to make it to $1B.

                      Even with both games changing their formats to supposedly make it harder to win, people are still winning even without a jackpot high enough to use a frenzied run on tickets as an excuse.

                      I'd been sure MM would have made it to $1B within 2 years of changing their format. I'd figured that if they could make it to >$600M with much lower odds, they'd be able to get to the $1B mark.  They haven't even been close.

                      I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                      The odds are about the same.

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                        Posted: November 28, 2015, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

                        Not "A" winner, Lejardin. "The" winner. Moi 

                        LOL

                        Only problem I see is that the pot seems unable to make it to $1B.

                        Even with both games changing their formats to supposedly make it harder to win, people are still winning even without a jackpot high enough to use a frenzied run on tickets as an excuse.

                        I'd been sure MM would have made it to $1B within 2 years of changing their format. I'd figured that if they could make it to >$600M with much lower odds, they'd be able to get to the $1B mark.  They haven't even been close.

                        Teddi, I stand corrected, but you have THE wrong winner lol.

                        I too dont really think we will see that billion dollar prize.  Even Glorias MM win at almost $600 million was still off $400 mil.

                        Just wish "they" would stop messing with the lotteries.  Leave them both at $1 ticket.  We have two seperate games right now if so inclined make a third game with their parameters for a billion dollar game.  I am sure they would have buyers even at astronomical odds.  Just a thought.

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                          Posted: November 28, 2015, 2:35 pm - IP Logged

                          I too think they should leave the odds where they are now. PB should come back down to a dollar. So what if it takes a little longer to build a huge pot.

                          May the balls bounce in your favor!

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                            Posted: November 28, 2015, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

                            Humor this. We finally achieve the "billion dollar Powerball jackpot." Do you really want to be the sole winner? Are you ready for the media attention? You're pretty much going to be forced in to the 'A' list club. I believe if there's only one winner, there's going to be a lot of social pressure to make the winner known to the public. Anonymity will go out the window even in an anonymous state. In fact, it'd probably better to willingly come forward to protect other jackpot winner's anonymity. There hasn't been a lot of media attention on Gloria Mackenzie since her big win. However, I think things will be different if you're an overnight billionaire. Think Edtv. I personally think I could handle it. The first thing I'd do is hire about 5 security guards. What are your thoughts on the subject?

                            I clicked Yes as my mouse scrolled across the screen and my finger twitched at that precise moment.  However, I certainly would not have any qualm about sharing a billion dollar Powerball jackpot.  You're right on the anonymity travelintrucker.  Even in anonymous states, the nondisclosure only covers direct state lottery media releases.  Someone could request the information through the Freedoms of Information Act and get the name of who claimed the prize.  Though the lottery may try to protect the identity to the best of their ability they will still be required to abide by the law.  That is why it would be important to have layers of insulation arranged prior to claiming.  One should assume their identity will be discovered and plan according.  With any luck I, I mean they (as in the winner), will not be discovered, but alas, again as you stated, an overnight billionaire puts the lottery win and media attention into a completely different mode.

                              I'm feeling a jackpot win coming my way!

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                              Posted: November 28, 2015, 3:46 pm - IP Logged

                              There'll be a billion dollars worth of media attention, but the winner won't be a billionaire.  Take the cash value of the annuity and subtract taxes. They'll be left with something like 340 million.

                                 
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