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Old 01-09-2016, 12:03 AM   #41
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We bought one. I will worry about what to do with the money once we win.
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:40 AM   #42
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There are 292 million different number combinations, and if you buy every single one of them you have 100% chance of winning. So, you should stop, right? Or should you buy duplicate tickets all over?

A man walked into a grocery store, and handed to the counter clerk his selection of the lottery numbers. He told the clerk "Give me two tickets with these numbers".

The clerk looked up and said "Are you sure? Don't you want to buy two tickets with different numbers instead to improve the odd?"

The man said "Yes, I am sure. These ARE the winning numbers. What I am not sure is whether someone else might have picked the same numbers. Therefore, I am buying two tickets. That way, if someone else also has these numbers, I will have 2/3 of the jackpot and he will get only 1/3".
To minimize the chances of getting a duplicate, I pick my own numbers, excluding #1-31.
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:18 AM   #43
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I'm getting 3 tickets. Had 3 last week.


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Old 01-09-2016, 07:10 AM   #44
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I bought two again for tonight with my entire winnings from the Wednesday night drawing. [/QUOTE]
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:30 AM   #45
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went in with the office- I think there was about 35 tickets. Pretty sure we're going to win!
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:30 AM   #46
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No lottery tickets here. I'd rather buy a book and a cup of coffee.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:03 AM   #47
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You still buy books and coffee? My books nowadays either come from the public library or are gifted to me. If I have to buy the books I read, I would have to build more bookshelves.

And I now drink only tea, although whenever I go to Sprouts, always have a tiny cup of their sample coffee.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:30 AM   #48
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Already hit the lottery, still happily married after 33 yrs and FIREd for 5.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:09 AM   #49
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I think of the odds this way: What are the odds that you will end up losing 100% of the money you spent on the lottery tickets? Very nearly 100%. That's why I don't play.
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Powerball at least 800 million,are you playing and how many tickets will you buy?
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Powerball at least 800 million,are you playing and how many tickets will you buy?

No, and none.

I mean really, the chances of winning are insanely low.

The chances of losing the cost of the powerball ticket are 100% if I buy one.

I used to gamble, rarely, on the cheapest available slot machines at local casinos. Haven't gone for about 11 years, since our favorite casino was demolished by Katrina; nothing was left, and it was never re-built. Same with my second favorite casino although I think it was rebuilt, but it doesn't look the same. When gambling on slot machines, I did it for the entertainment value alone. It's fun, and I limited myself to $20, sometimes $5. If I won, that was just extra, like frosting on a cake.
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:26 PM   #51
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It's now a $900 Million Jackpot ($800m was yesterday). Got 3 tickets yesterday that was machine generated, and then 3 today as I picked my own numbers. But I bet more on the local lottery that has almost $500,000 on the pot today - odds are 1: 575,000. Powerball has 1 in 294 million. It has to be your karma and destiny to hit those odds. Dream on
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I can't afford the $2 today. I wonder if they will accept a post dated check?
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Here is a way of looking at it:
There is a span of nine years, I want you to guess the correct year. In that year, I want you to guess the correct month. In that month, I want you to guess the correct day. In that day, I want you to guess the correct hour, In that hour, i want you to guess the correct minute, In that minute, I want you to guess the correct second.
Your odds are mathematically better at guessing the correct second in a 9-year span, than the powerball numbers.

283 million to 1 vs 292 million to 1
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I'm in Vegas gambling, so far I've won $17, if it continues I will buy some lottery ticket.


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Old 01-09-2016, 01:26 PM   #55
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Does Nevada do Powerball now?
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Old 01-09-2016, 02:00 PM   #56
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I bought 5 Powerball tickets this morning along with 5 tickets for the state game ($5million +).

There could be several jackpot winners for PB tonight with this much frenzy over the high amount. Watch for the long lines of people wanting to buy tickets later today as the drawing time approaches which gives the news folks something to talk about.
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Some locations have it, but I'm not sure I want to wait in line. This is from my googling.


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I wonder if you won, would it be feasible to move to another state with no income tax before claiming the prize?
Probably not, but I'm sure you could find an attorney willing to argue the case for you.
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How many chances does one get to become a billionaire? That's worth wasting a couple bucks. L seriously couldn't spend fast enough to keep up.
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Old 01-09-2016, 03:25 PM   #60
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Here is a way of looking at it:
There is a span of nine years, I want you to guess the correct year. In that year, I want you to guess the correct month. In that month, I want you to guess the correct day. In that day, I want you to guess the correct hour, In that hour, i want you to guess the correct minute, In that minute, I want you to guess the correct second.
Your odds are mathematically better at guessing the correct second in a 9-year span, than the powerball numbers.

283 million to 1 vs 292 million to 1

That was an uncool post. I was busy enjoying my daydream of me winning the lotto, until you ruined it. I almost ripped up my ticket...almost...


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