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The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $360 million. Do you plan to buy a ticket?

ABC News U.S. 2013/05/15 00:00:00
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Wednesday's Powerball jackpot has swelled to a robust $360 million after no one matched the winning numbers during the weekend drawing, making it the third-largest Powerball jackpot of all time.

If someone matches all five numbers and the red Powerball, the cash option before taxes will be worth $229.2 million, according to Powerball 's website.

The largest Powerball jackpot, $587.5 million, was sold in November and split between a couple from Dearborn, Mo., and a 37-year-old man from Fountain Hills, Ariz. The cash option was worth $384.7 million before taxes. The last big Powerball jackpot that made headlines was claimed in March when Pedro Quezada, 44, of New Jersey cashed his ticket worth a cool $338 million.

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  • Turboski 2013/05/19 09:04:18
    No.
    Turboski
    Lottery, also known as a voluntary idiot tax
  • Sydney.nightshade 2013/05/18 20:10:58
    No.
    Sydney.nightshade
    So many people, willing to shell out what little money they have for a lottery they will never win, when hard work will get you a better chance of having that kind of money.
  • PattyM 2013/05/17 00:01:09 (edited)
    Yes.
    PattyM
    Its up to $550 million. That would definitely improve my standard of living! .

    I have no more chance of wining than any of the other tens of millions of others and would be beyond surprised to win - but, you know, there is that infinitesimal chance that it COULD happen. Its fun to put a couple of bucks down in that hope.

    Unfortunately my time machine is in the shop. 'Sure would like to know those Saturday numbers though!
  • freddy v. 2013/05/16 17:09:10
    No.
    freddy v.
    Never been lucky
  • ~*~Denai ~*~ 2013/05/16 16:59:22
    Yes.
    ~*~Denai ~*~
    It is always good to dream a bit each day!
  • MissAdventure 2013/05/16 15:35:47
    No.
    MissAdventure
    I don't play the lottery, but I'm cool with the fact that other people do...NC's Education Lottery put me through college! :)
  • MasterWhippersnapper ~ 平和 2013/05/16 14:38:05
    No.
    MasterWhippersnapper ~ 平和
    I'm not 19 yet. :P
  • carolynb 2013/05/16 14:30:50
    Yes.
    carolynb
    +1
    I bought 6 tickets and won $3. lol I am going to try again Saturday night.
  • TommyB 2013/05/16 14:13:16
    No.
    TommyB
    I already have everything I need and most of what I want. No sense in contributing to some government backed scam.
  • RLUX 2013/05/16 14:11:16
    Yes.
    RLUX
    YES ..JACKPOT WOUDL BE NICE TO WIN AT LEAST 1 MILLION LOL
  • MisterOriginal 2013/05/16 13:50:37
    No.
    MisterOriginal
    I plan to get struck by lightning first.
  • Gloria 2013/05/16 13:23:37
    Yes.
    Gloria
    I play by subscription. I have my trust bank all picked out!
  • KATLYN 2013/05/16 13:17:12
    Yes.
    KATLYN
    +1
    of course,you cant win if you dont play and its worth a few bucks to have the dream for a few days
  • Manster KATLYN 2013/05/16 15:30:56
  • KATLYN Manster 2013/05/16 23:52:54
    KATLYN
    +1
    good luck to you
  • Manster KATLYN 2013/05/17 13:40:59
    Manster
    And to you also! good luck
  • WTF 2013/05/16 13:02:20
    Yes.
    WTF
    +1
    It's so big I hope several ppl win... Only takes one ticket to win :)
  • Tordgaard 2013/05/16 12:02:46
    Yes.
    Tordgaard
    Yes
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2013/05/16 11:50:12
    Yes.
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    +1
    At least 1.
  • Mrs.Vader 2013/05/16 11:45:47
    Yes.
    Mrs.Vader
    Sure, why not? I don't buy lottery tickets very often, but I'm game!
  • twocrows 2013/05/16 10:52:57
    No.
    twocrows
    the higher the jackpot climbs, the more people pile on.
    the more people who pile on, the lower the odds any one of those people will win.

    the time to buy [IF you're intent on wasting your money] is when it's below $1,000,000.
  • Lillsista 2013/05/16 10:49:26
    Yes.
    Lillsista
    +1
    Now it is well over $400 million! Someone is going to be very lucky!
  • John Hall 2013/05/16 10:09:27
    Yes.
    John Hall
    Bought a couple .
  • yabbadabbadoo 2013/05/16 08:36:37
    No.
    yabbadabbadoo
    worst time to buy one
  • Logical American 2013/05/16 07:52:48
    Yes.
    Logical American
    meant to hit no
  • Marcus Clark 2013/05/16 07:33:59
    No.
    Marcus Clark
    Lotteries are just voluntary taxes on gullible poor people.
  • mrdog 2013/05/16 07:22:42
    Yes.
    mrdog
    Bring on Saturday...pot goes up...450mil I think...yes I will have a ticket..

    can't win unless one is in the game.... bark
  • art 2013/05/16 05:45:11
    Yes.
    art
    +2
    Lighning can strik anywhere
  • harasnicole 2013/05/16 04:58:17
    No.
    harasnicole
  • Shadow_Wolf 2013/05/16 01:35:44
    No.
    Shadow_Wolf
    +1
    Scammy Scamm Scam
  • akPhilly 2013/05/16 01:23:36
    No.
    akPhilly
    +2
    I never play the lottery or gamble. Of course it'd be nice to win that money, & despite the bad odds someone does win, but I'd probably be better off just saving the money. I never understand when I'll see someone buy literally a half inch thick stack of tickets, then turn around & buy something with food stamps. And those scratch-off tickets-those are the biggest waste of all. I've known people that literally spend $20 or $30 a day on those things. They'll brag that they won $1000 one time,but it doesn't even begin to make up for what they put into it. If that's what you enjoy and you can afford it, fine, but usually that's not who's buying them. Then you have those guys that win 2 or 3 times & write books about how to win the lottery. It's a bunch of balls spinning around randomly-obviously buying more than one ticket increases your odds, but it still is alot of luck involved.
  • Mrs. V 2013/05/16 00:57:30
    Yes.
    Mrs. V
    +1
    Someone has to win sometime.
  • Alacrity 2013/05/16 00:49:02
    Yes.
    Alacrity
    I have seven chances to win big. I won t forget my friends
  • Starman 2013/05/16 00:46:43
    No.
    Starman
    +3
    The lottery is a tax on people who don't understand math.
  • Alacrity Starman 2013/05/16 00:50:46
    Alacrity
    Sure it is... one chance in 170 million since California got into the mix.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2013/05/16 00:31:32
    Yes.
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    I'LL TRY ONE OR TWO...
  • Drageona 2013/05/16 00:30:41
    Yes.
    Drageona
    Husband already bought them
  • Beagle Mom 2013/05/16 00:25:50
    Yes.
    Beagle Mom
    +1
    That $2 ticket gives me such happiness when I think of all the what ifs. Especially after a bad day at work.
  • DPRKworker 2013/05/16 00:19:40
    No.
    DPRKworker
    +1
    You'd be better off just burning the money.
  • natesface94 2013/05/15 23:37:10
    Yes.
    natesface94
    +2
    Even though the chances may be slim, you never know you just might win, just a few months ago someone in my hometown hit the jackpot.

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