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The Powerball jackpot has grown to $400 million. Do you plan to buy a ticket?

ABC News U.S. 2013/08/05 09:00:00
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The Powerball jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million after no ticket matched all six numbers in this weekend's drawing.

The winning numbers in Saturday night's drawing were: 21, 24, 36, 42, 45 and powerball 15. The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday. It is played in 43 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



As the top prize grows, aspiring millionaires might turn to several strategies to increase their odds of hitting the jackpot.

The odds of picking the winning Powerball ticket might be one in 175.2 million, but that doesn't stop hopefuls from employing their own superstitious tactics in hopes of matching the six lucky numbers.

According to lottery officials and mathematicians, every Powerball ticket has the same chance of winning.

Still, lottery players have cited selection strategies like using the birthdates of loved ones or putting their fortune in the hands of a Quick Pick drawing to be crowned the game's newest multi-millionaire.

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  • Dub 2013/08/06 06:10:26
    No.
    Dub
    +4
    If I knew I would win I would play, but why waste the money when I can use it for gas to go to a job that will guarantee I get money.

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  • Concolor2001 2013/08/08 09:18:05
    I don't know.
    Concolor2001
    I've "planned" to buy a ticket a number of times, but have never actually done it. So we'll see.
  • caius madison 2013/08/07 17:27:39
    Yes
    caius madison
    +1
    Yep, got plans, and if it really happened, all of em' are going to happen.
  • yabbadabbadoo 2013/08/07 16:59:50
    No.
    yabbadabbadoo
    worst time to buy a ticket.....you sheep are so predictable
  • ShdowPaintdRose 2013/08/07 16:40:41
    No.
    ShdowPaintdRose
    I wish. First thing I'm going to do when I turn 18 is buy a lotto ticket. You never know what could happen!
  • vinnysmom1221 2013/08/07 06:37:41
    No.
    vinnysmom1221
    I never do. I know it seems like nothing, and for some it may be, but I just don't like the idea of gambling with ANY real money. If it's like a game for you, I don't mind it, your money, your call. But for me it is not worth the money wasted year after year, so I wont even start
  • Bill 2013/08/07 02:00:25
    I don't know.
    Bill
    I never do--but I might~~
  • Nicole 2013/08/07 00:27:06
    No.
    Nicole
    +1
    I would......but I turn 18 in 2 months. Shucks.
  • brother 2013/08/06 19:34:10
  • Th8nos 2013/08/06 18:37:43
    I don't know.
    Th8nos
    I'm debating, probably will at the last minute
  • Ozymandias 2013/08/06 18:06:39
    I don't know.
    Ozymandias
    Possibly.
  • RJeffreySavlov 2013/08/06 15:20:32
    No.
    RJeffreySavlov
    Only a fool would drive 100 miles for a shot in the dark.
  • Lerro DeHazel 2013/08/06 15:07:37
    No.
    Lerro DeHazel
    I already bought one yesterday . . . I haven't even looked at it yet . . . It could even be blank . . . Who knows? . . .
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2013/08/06 15:07:11
    Yes
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    One, just for fun. I always remember what my college math teacher said, "The lottery is a tax on people who are bad with math."
  • wilsonmja Jackie ... 2013/08/06 15:51:47
    wilsonmja
    Being a poker player you should know better. Actually, believe it or not, when the jackpot gets this high a lottery ticket is mathematically a sound gamble. If the odds are 1/175m and you are paying 2 dollars to win 400m than you are getting 200m to 1 on your money with 1/175m odds. And besides, your chances of winning are just as good as the person who is going to win. Think of it like pot odds in poker. If it is a 5 to 1 shot to hit your flush on the river (let's assume that you know or feel strongly you need it to win) and it's 10 bucks for you to call on the turn, there has to be at least 50 bucks in the pot for you to make the call, right? And you should make the call every time if you have the pot odds to do so if want to come out ahead in the long run.
  • Jackie ... wilsonmja 2013/08/06 16:10:34
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Preaching to the Choir friend -
  • Chrissi 2013/08/06 14:45:36 (edited)
    No.
    Chrissi
    I'm planning a vacation, that's where my money will go, THIS TIME!! (Besides, the state of Utah doesn't play--had to go to Arizona last time---short jaunt)
  • Carlo 2013/08/06 14:03:32
    Yes
    Carlo
    Just as soon as it comes to Hawaii. Which will be never and never missed. Sorry.
  • Kat 2013/08/06 14:02:16 (edited)
    Yes
    Kat
    +1
    I'll buy 3-5 quick picks. The odds are slim but I do know someone who won a huge jackpot a year or so ago! And she bought one ticket!
  • Resp 2013/08/06 13:00:34
  • Kat Resp 2013/08/06 14:03:28
    Kat
    +1
    I'd be happy with that, happier with the big win!
  • Carlo Kat 2013/08/06 14:08:32
    Carlo
    +3
    That would be my sign to quit while I was ahead and take the comp.
  • Carlo Resp 2013/08/06 14:07:08
    Carlo
    +1
    Hell, I just want to touch you on my way to Vegas. Good for you.

    Remember GA is always there if you need them and they don't judge. Unless you threw away the winning ticket. lol
  • Ha'ouli 2013/08/06 12:34:46
    Yes
    Ha'ouli
    +1
    Lets see now if I buy a ticket my chances of having more than 100 million dollars is about 1 in 386 million or so, and my chances of having that much money by working for a living is 0, No chance whatsoever , so that 385 million to 1 looks like pretty good odds.
  • Jimm 2013/08/06 12:11:34
    Yes
    Jimm
    +2
    but, then we regularly buy a ticket regardless of the jackpot.
  • Carlo Jimm 2013/08/06 14:13:54 (edited)
    Carlo
    +2
    I mean really how many millions does it need to be. If I was a regular, only a measly million which is really only 750k. I'm still happier than a pig in shiit being prepped for the ball wearing bright red lipstick. HA!
  • Jimm Carlo 2013/08/06 19:23:51
    Jimm
    +1
    I love it when people say "I'm not gonna play because it's ONLY at 15 million." Are you kidding me? Fifteen MILLION dollars would be life changing for anyone...well, almost anyone. But, it's like they're not going to waste their "luck" on winning when the jackpot is "low' for fear they'd not be able to hit it when it was really big! Where's the logic??
  • Carlo Jimm 2013/08/07 17:02:14
    Carlo
    +1
    There is none. "A fool and his money will soon part" anyway.
  • conkers 2013/08/06 12:05:36
    No.
    conkers
    +2
    Aren't you taxed based on the amount you win?
  • Ha'ouli conkers 2013/08/06 12:37:43
    Ha'ouli
    +3
    Yeah but you have to actually win something for them to take taxes out of it. If I had to pay (lets say) 2 million in taxes on a 3 million dollar prize, that still leaves me with 1 million, why would I care how much the government gets if I get my million dollars?
  • Carlo Ha'ouli 2013/08/06 14:23:28
    Carlo
    +1
    I don't know about that. These day a measly million can be blown pretty quick.
    And since they tax me at a third for being single, taxing me at two thirds for being lucky just might piss me off. Oh your right not till my million is gone of course. lol
  • vinnysm... Carlo 2013/08/07 06:42:28
    vinnysmom1221
    +1
    "These day a measly million can be blown pretty quick." if you're an idiot. Someone smart would pay off their loans, mortgage and other debts they have gathered over life. And if somehow that took it all (It would be less than $250,000 for me) you then live a life free of those debts and more money you earn each month goes into your pocket.
  • Carlo vinnysm... 2013/08/07 17:05:03
    Carlo
    Okay I got ya. You know I was kinda joking with last one a lot too.
  • Carlo conkers 2013/08/06 14:20:33
    Carlo
    I think when you win that big they tax you on the bracket your placed in and it doesn't bother you one bit. lol

    The hardest part is learning how to act with all that money around your new class.
    Truly there needs to be a finishing school based on it. Embarrassment can be felt greatly no matter how much you have or think you don't care.
  • Ha'ouli Carlo 2013/08/07 12:40:22
    Ha'ouli
    +1
    lots of these big winners end up broke. It's probably a lot easier just to stay broke than to go back to being broke. I have it on what I consider to be good authority that "the first million is the only hard one" If you make some smart timely investments that's more than enough money to live off of what your money makes for you. Smart people don't work for their money, they make their money work for them.
  • Carlo Ha'ouli 2013/08/07 17:06:22
    Carlo
    +1
    Agreed wholeheartedly.
  • Phil 2013/08/06 11:38:46
    Yes
    Phil
    Why not. I have no chance of winning if I don't play. But of course I have a 0.0000001% chance of winning when I do play. But hey that's not zero.
  • The Boss 2013/08/06 11:35:13
    Yes
    The Boss
    I'll take 20 tickets!
  • FunTime 2013/08/06 11:28:25
  • U-Dog 2013/08/06 11:25:47
    Yes
    U-Dog
    I sometimes buy one ticket when it gets up into that range but not always. And it's just my luck, I probably would have won on those occasions.-)
  • Shelly Corwin-Marsh, lpnrma 2013/08/06 10:26:56
    Yes
    Shelly Corwin-Marsh, lpnrma
    I don't very often but I think I wil

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