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« on: March 28, 2012, 02:05:48 AM »

Wow.

If this keeps up, I expect many people to lose their minds. If it gets over 600 million I might have to pull some money out of my life savings to play.
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 03:17:58 AM »

Wow.

If this keeps up, I expect many people to lose their minds. If it gets over 600 million I might have to pull some money out of my life savings to play.
It only takes $1.  do you really think your life savings would improve your odds that much?
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 04:21:33 AM »

There is a 175,711,536 chance of winning. So I can increase my chances by like...10 with my life savings.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 05:30:32 AM »

What an awesome prize.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 05:35:51 AM »

There is a 175,711,536 chance of winning. So I can increase my chances by like...10 with my life savings.

Bear in mind your chances of winning the entire prize are smaller; so many ppl will buy tickets it's rare for one person to hold the only winner.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 05:50:56 AM »

But we're talking all new tickets.

We're starting at 0 tonight...the jackpot carries over but it's all new tickets, and all new numbers. Unless 300 million tickets are sold in the next 3 days, I guess.

It's okay though. When I win, I'll be happy to share the prize with one other person. But if there's a 3rd winner, me and the other winner will have to eliminate them. SO, don't be late if you're the 3rd. We can only split 500 million so many ways before it's just not worth it.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2012, 06:35:50 AM »

But we're talking all new tickets.

We're starting at 0 tonight...the jackpot carries over but it's all new tickets, and all new numbers. Unless 300 million tickets are sold in the next 3 days, I guess.

It's okay though. When I win, I'll be happy to share the prize with one other person. But if there's a 3rd winner, me and the other winner will have to eliminate them. SO, don't be late if you're the 3rd. We can only split 500 million so many ways before it's just not worth it.

But there's no limit on how many tickets with same combination of numbers can be sold per drawing; you might pick the right numbers, so could someone else. When the prize gets this high millions of tickets are sold. Still, even a small piece of this pie would be nice!
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2012, 08:26:59 AM »

I just buy multiples of the same number. I am that confident.

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 10:02:51 AM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2012, 10:17:06 AM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

Don't worry. The GOA is certainly raffling cars as we speak.
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2012, 10:20:45 AM »

476 million!?  My mind is reeling as I think of the possibilities!!!  ... Think of all the books I could buy!  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2012, 10:42:40 AM »

Half a BILLION dollars. It is funny though to see the poor folks coming up with fifty bucks at the gas station for tickets. The reality of it is that one or fifty sets of numbers or various number combinations have little statistically to do with the chance of winning the jackpot. Good luck to all though and may the winner TITHE !
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2012, 11:09:13 AM »

May the Lord protect the winner from himself!
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2012, 04:02:09 PM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

It isn't gambling; it is supporting the school system.
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2012, 04:15:45 PM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.
What did Paisios say? And when was Elder Paisios canonized?

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

Don't worry. The GOA is certainly raffling cars as we speak.

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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2012, 05:05:11 PM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

It isn't gambling; it is supporting the school system.

There hasn't been a dime of lottery money given to Illinois' Schools in 50 years. There was always certainly a lot of borrowing from that fund in that time, however.....

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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2012, 05:55:45 PM »

It's up to $500 M
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2012, 06:34:21 PM »

The fun reality check here. If you bought EVERY SINGLE TICKET sold for the last several drawings. EVERY SINGLE TICKET. And there were a LOT of tickets sold, especially with that $363M carrot on it. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. You still would not have won.
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2012, 06:35:11 PM »

There is a 175,711,536 chance of winning. So I can increase my chances by like...10 with my life savings.

Bear in mind your chances of winning the entire prize are smaller; so many ppl will buy tickets it's rare for one person to hold the only winner.

truth...
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2012, 06:40:41 PM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.
What did Paisios say? And when was Elder Paisios canonized?

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

Don't worry. The GOA is certainly raffling cars as we speak.

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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2012, 06:50:26 PM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

It isn't gambling; it is supporting the school system.

There hasn't been a dime of lottery money given to Illinois' Schools in 50 years. There was always certainly a lot of borrowing from that fund in that time, however.....
You mean Springfield (Chicago's front) has been lying to us?
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2012, 07:03:09 PM »

Let me repeat: half a billion dollars.

Let me repeat that slowly: half...a...BILLION...dollars...

I'm buying a castle on the moon.

No I'm going to give a million dollars to every poster on this board.
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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2012, 07:05:34 PM »

you may want to buy some tickets for the competing lotteries though...
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2012, 07:09:22 PM »

you may want to buy some tickets for the competing lotteries though...
Because of the odds?
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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2012, 07:12:08 PM »

you may want to buy some tickets for the competing lotteries though...
Because of the odds?

cause more people will be buying tickets for mega millions instead of the others, people that normally would buy the others buy mega instead...
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« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2012, 07:12:49 PM »

you may want to buy some tickets for the competing lotteries though...
Because of the odds?

cause more people will be buying tickets for mega millions instead of the others, people that normally would buy the others buy mega instead...
Yeah that's what I figure. But I couldn't give you all 1 million each though.
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2012, 09:35:35 PM »

well because of y'all i went out and spent 5 perfectly good dollars on this...thanks guys  Roll Eyes
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It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

Don't worry. The GOA is certainly raffling cars as we speak.

I've heard of raffles in the GOA*.  I understand the impetus, but it's still gambling and they should shy away from it. 

* I don't want to imply that that's the only jurisdiction that holds raffles.
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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2012, 12:06:44 AM »

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

It isn't gambling; it is supporting the school system.

Riiiiight.
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It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.
What did Paisios say? And when was Elder Paisios canonized?

 He said, "Today they're trying to destroy faith, and for the edifice of faith to fall they quietly pull out one stone, then another. But we're all responsible for the destruction; not just those who destroy but we who see how faith is being undermined and make no effort to strengthen it."

 I'm not sure that he's been officially canonized.  But many are addressing him as such.  Same thing with St. Seraphim of Platina.

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

Don't worry. The GOA is certainly raffling cars as we speak.

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« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2012, 12:30:17 AM »

All that money spent on a lottery... *shakes head* WWMWS? ("What would Mr. Wendal Say?")
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It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.
What did Paisios say? And when was Elder Paisios canonized?

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

Don't worry. The GOA is certainly raffling cars as we speak.

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That is exactly what the lotteries give away as well.
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It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.
What did Paisios say? And when was Elder Paisios canonized?

It's hard to believe Christians are talking about gambling during Great Lent.  St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain was right aftera all.

Don't worry. The GOA is certainly raffling cars as we speak.

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That is exactly what the lotteries give away as well.

lol...it must be an inter-jurisdictional lottery...the plot thickens  laugh
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« Reply #33 on: March 29, 2012, 05:46:56 PM »

Enough with the Orthodox hubris, after all it's Lent.

Alright just got my tickets. Everyone should be rooting for me since I'm giving a million each to all of you.
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« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2012, 05:49:04 PM »

Enough with the Orthodox hubris, after all it's Lent.

Alright just got my tickets. Everyone should be rooting for me since I'm giving a million each to all of you.

You've always been my favorite Coloradoan (after Phil Heath)  Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2012, 06:28:42 PM »

Well if I'm your favorite then we must really have awful people living here. Go figure, I want to get the hell out.
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Well if I'm your favorite then we must really have awful people living here. Go figure, I want to get the hell out.

Pennsylvania always welcomes refugees with open arms Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2012, 06:36:36 PM »

Does it really? Because I'm having the hardest time getting in.


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« Reply #38 on: March 29, 2012, 06:42:53 PM »

Does it really? Because I'm having the hardest time getting in.


With my 2 applications.  police

I will make a call and see what I can do. But... if a business lunch is required to work out the details, can you loan me $20?  Grin
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« Reply #39 on: March 29, 2012, 07:20:33 PM »

I was listening to the news earlier today and they had some "experts" giving advice on what to do if you win. The most sensible: consult financial and tax advisers before claiming the prize, keep your mouth shut about it until you do. Least sensible to me; keep working, since the lump sum is 'only" about $250M after taxes or $19M a year on the annuity. If I can't live on $19M/year I've got a problem.
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« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2012, 07:30:25 PM »

BTW it is up to $540,000,000.00 as of 6 pm, EDT thursday.
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I was listening to the news earlier today and they had some "experts" giving advice on what to do if you win. The most sensible: consult financial and tax advisers before claiming the prize, keep your mouth shut about it until you do. Least sensible to me; keep working, since the lump sum is 'only" about $250M after taxes or $19M a year on the annuity. If I can't live on $19M/year I've got a problem.

The annuity is what 2.5% interest? If you take that then get maybe 5-20% on top of that annuity it might be best instead of getting a lump sum. But I don't trust what is it a 30 year payout period? I want the lump sum.
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Does it really? Because I'm having the hardest time getting in.


With my 2 applications.  police

I will make a call and see what I can do. But... if a business lunch is required to work out the details, can you loan me $20?  Grin

Oh yeah sure. But it must be done at Primanti Bros.
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« Reply #43 on: March 29, 2012, 07:40:13 PM »

I was listening to the news earlier today and they had some "experts" giving advice on what to do if you win. The most sensible: consult financial and tax advisers before claiming the prize, keep your mouth shut about it until you do. Least sensible to me; keep working, since the lump sum is 'only" about $250M after taxes or $19M a year on the annuity. If I can't live on $19M/year I've got a problem.

The annuity is what 2.5% interest? If you take that then get maybe 5-20% on top of that annuity it might be best instead of getting a lump sum. But I don't trust what is it a 30 year payout period? I want the lump sum.

I'm 58 -give me the lump sum NOW!
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« Reply #44 on: March 29, 2012, 07:42:06 PM »

LOL I'm only 24, so that would make me the youngest winner ever?
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