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Obama won’t buy Mega Millions ticket, White House says
Yahoo News ^ | 3/29/2012 | Olivier Knox

Posted on 03/30/2012 6:38:20 AM PDT by varyouga

President Barack Obama won't be joining the throngs of Americans lining up to buy a Mega Millions ticket, the White House said Thursday as the multi-state lottery's jackpot hit a record estimated $540 million jackpot ($389.8 million if you take the cash option).

But "I'm going to run out and buy one," press secretary Jay Carney lightheartedly told reporters as he wrapped up his daily briefing.

Earlier, at a deli a few blocks from the White House, customers lined up six deep to trade their greenbacks for the salmon-pink tickets, some of which bear the mention "D.C. Lottery Commemorative Ticket" and "I played the world's largest jackpot!"

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Humor; Society
KEYWORDS: lottery; lotto; megamillions; obama; powerball
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1 posted on 03/30/2012 6:38:32 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga

He and Mooch have already hit the lottery. Why bother?


2 posted on 03/30/2012 6:42:05 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Jus’ thinkin’ Megamillions is CHUMP CHANGE for this guy!


3 posted on 03/30/2012 6:44:49 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: varyouga

Hemmer on FoxNews said that the jackpot may reach $600 million due to the frenzy buying today. They showed video of long lines of customers in several locations.

I bought 2 numbers at the local convenience store last evening. I was the only one in the store, except for the clerk. They may get busier today.


4 posted on 03/30/2012 6:45:53 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: varyouga

I would have asked Carney how fast the administration spends $600 million.

The correct answer would have been less than two hours. Seriously.


5 posted on 03/30/2012 6:50:50 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: varyouga

What a great idea it would be to let excess food stamps be used to buy lottery tickets.

Seriously.

The money goes straight to the state, and if someone wins despite the long, long, odds against them they’re off the program!

And it would be very popular with the welfare class.


6 posted on 03/30/2012 6:50:51 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: varyouga

All be great fun except for one fact:

Of the dollars spent, millions and millions will be welfare dollars that WE paid for.

Of course that won’t stop a round of demand for welfare increases because, “we wouldn’t want little kids to go hungry.”


7 posted on 03/30/2012 6:52:02 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: varyouga

First smart thing he has done in his life. The lottery is an idiot tax. You would have better luck buying $1 of a sub penny stock and hoping for the best (heck, you would have better odds buying a coke with it and hoping you pee gold).


8 posted on 03/30/2012 6:57:28 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: varyouga

Obama has no reason to buy a lottery ticket when he will now travel the world on the taxpayers tab for the rest of his life while he works to deconstruct the nation that supports him.


9 posted on 03/30/2012 6:58:42 AM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: muawiyah

I want him to get off his bony ass and help the American economy by buying a ticket, just once in his miserable life. I want him to win the 540+ million dollar and then pay 50% in Federal taxes, then see him squirm, about how the rich ought to pay more; then die broke and penniless.


10 posted on 03/30/2012 7:01:59 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: varyouga

Odds are 760,000,000 to 1.

Ya got a better chance of being hit by lightning!


11 posted on 03/30/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT by JimVT (Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing, Oh, the ring of the piper's tune)
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To: mnehring

But but buttttttt

It’s for the chiiiiiiiillllllldrennnnnnnnn!

Some of the lotto money ‘supposedly’ goes for scholarships and education.

You know, like that massive tobacco settlement money went for stop-smoking education, etc.

[/s]


12 posted on 03/30/2012 7:03:25 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: mnehring

Yep, the lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math.


13 posted on 03/30/2012 7:03:25 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: JimVT
Ya got a better chance of being hit by lightning!

Still better odds than Mitt Romney beating Obama.

14 posted on 03/30/2012 7:03:51 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: TomGuy

I bought two tickets yesterday at a different convenience store for each one. No lines at either store in Tx.


15 posted on 03/30/2012 7:05:26 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: mnehring
The lottery is an idiot tax.

That's what my boss told me. I said the odds were infinitely better than getting rich working for him.

16 posted on 03/30/2012 7:06:59 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I said the odds were infinitely better than getting rich working for him.

That's what the masters of the Lottery- ie Big Brother want you to think. Keep on hoping Big Brother's program will rescue you instead of taking charge of your destiny.

17 posted on 03/30/2012 7:09:07 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring
The lottery is an idiot tax.

Then it's safe to assume that Joe Biden bought a ticket.

18 posted on 03/30/2012 7:09:58 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: varyouga

Understandable. This is small change compared to the Global Warming fraud and other deals like Solyndra.


19 posted on 03/30/2012 7:11:30 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Haha. Do you still work for him?


20 posted on 03/30/2012 7:11:56 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: GreenHornet

Jay Carney too.


21 posted on 03/30/2012 7:12:01 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: TomGuy
I bought 2 numbers at the local convenience store last evening. I was the only one in the store, except for the clerk. They may get busier today.

Is your store in a poor neighborhood? That's where the vast proportion of tickets are sold.

Another big winner in the lottery will be whatever state the winning ticket is sold in. They can get a massive windfall when they tax the winner.

22 posted on 03/30/2012 7:13:05 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: mnehring

I’m doing ok. But for $1 I can fantasize about crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me, and hearing the lamentations of their women.


23 posted on 03/30/2012 7:13:29 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: EEGator

He should be so lucky.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 7:14:27 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: varyouga

Seriously? The president getting a lottery ticket? I am not a player and if I were able to get a ticket, I wouldn’t play one that has captured the attention of the national media. I’d rather have the 10-20 million dollar payout. It’s still enough money to change my life, but with minimal publicity. I’d still run into the bottom feeders, scam artists and long lost relatives, but my picture, etc. would probably be restricted to the local paper.


25 posted on 03/30/2012 7:15:39 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

When people win the lottery, they usually quit their jobs....darn, now I wish Obama had bought a ticket.


26 posted on 03/30/2012 7:16:08 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: varyouga

Shouldn’t he be forced to buy one, to increase the size of the gambling pool, and raise the jackpot for everyone else?


27 posted on 03/30/2012 7:17:57 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
for $1 I can fantasize about crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me, and hearing the lamentations of their women.

If that's the kick you get out of it, then it is money well spent.

28 posted on 03/30/2012 7:18:08 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I see you know what is best in life:
30 posted on 03/30/2012 7:21:38 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: B Knotts
Shouldn’t he be forced to buy one, to increase the size of the gambling pool, and raise the jackpot for everyone else?

I think you're confusing the lottery with the Alternative Minimum Tax.

31 posted on 03/30/2012 7:21:51 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: varyouga

I bought for the first time in 2 years. Somebody’s got to win. Maybe it’ll be me. Maybe pigs will fly too.


32 posted on 03/30/2012 7:33:26 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: varyouga

I’m buying one from about 10 different stores.

If I win(Shea ... and monkeys will come flying out of my butt) I’ll end the misery for several relatives and friends.

I’ll start throwing bars of soap away when the letters come off and from now on the house will be 65° year round.

If the boss don’t like it I’ll buy her a home about 20 zip codes away. LOL


33 posted on 03/30/2012 7:33:58 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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LOL So True.....


34 posted on 03/30/2012 7:35:50 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: varyouga

States have muscled themselves into the number racket. When are they going to take over the prostitution business?


35 posted on 03/30/2012 7:56:56 AM PDT by DManA
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To: JimVT

Pick up a calculator. Enter 1. Hit the divided by key. Enter 760,000,000. Hit the equals key.

That is your chance of winning.


36 posted on 03/30/2012 7:59:43 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Tijeras_Slim

It’s more fun to set fire to it and light a cigar with it.


37 posted on 03/30/2012 8:01:55 AM PDT by DManA
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To: JimVT; mnehring

Mega Millions is 175,000,000 to 1 for each set of $1 numbers.

Play $10 and your odds are 17,500,000 to 1

Still very unlikely but consider how many people in all of history invested only $10 and managed to turn it into $500 Million overnight. Probably far less than one in 17 million. Also consider the number of families that rose from lower/middle class to $100 million+ wealth within one generation is most likely less than the number of lottery winners.

I’m an engineer that’s good at math but I play 1-2 times a year. I live comfortably but there is no one in my industry that ever got $100 million+ rich. The leaders at the big public firms or owners of smaller private ones are multimillionaires but not even close to lottery rich.

I control my own destiny, work on my own ideas and don’t depend on the lottery but $20 gives me a 1 in 10,000,000 chance of instantly making my entire family wealthier than all the wealthiest people in our respective industries.


38 posted on 03/30/2012 8:03:56 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga
Barrack “Double Down” 0bama only gambles OUR money.

He likes giving large amounts of OUR money to large campaign contributors for speculative ‘green’ energy - that they then fritter away in a haphazard manner to all their friends and associates - while consuming more energy than ever will be produced by their products.

A half billion here, a half billion there - but who is counting all the money we lost?

Time to “Double Down”!

39 posted on 03/30/2012 8:09:36 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: EEGator
That line was originally from Genghis Khan.

Another scene in that movie, adapted from history, was when Thulsa Doom asked the young lady on the ledge to “come to him” and she did, plunging to her death.

That was from when a Christian Knight went to see the cult of the Hash smoking Assassins (NOT making this up!) and the Knight bragged about the power of his army - the lord of the Assassins asked one of his men to step off the ramparts - and he did - he asked a second - and he did as well - he was about to ask a third when the Christian Knight cried out over the loss of life. “THAT is power!” the lord of the Assassins bragged.

40 posted on 03/30/2012 8:13:39 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: varyouga

And the question was asked by whom?


41 posted on 03/30/2012 8:16:30 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: varyouga
..... customers lined up six deep to trade their greenbacks for the salmon-pink tickets
42 posted on 03/30/2012 8:46:26 AM PDT by traumer
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To: Tijeras_Slim

or buy 450 Million New Bullets


43 posted on 03/30/2012 8:48:34 AM PDT by traumer
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To: varyouga

Alternatively, you have increased your chances of not winning from

99.999999430885402993688473590032% to 99.999994308854029936884735900322%

This represents an improvement of

.00000512203166455910240060177%

(math may be a little off but you get the point).


44 posted on 03/30/2012 9:10:54 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Ha! He’s not used to a contest where he can’t rig the results....!


45 posted on 03/30/2012 9:14:02 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Vendome
If you win, I will personally write comedic pieces just for you.

Cheaply. Only 100k a shot. :)

46 posted on 03/30/2012 9:21:38 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: mnehring
The lottery is an idiot tax.

Yep! And chances are good that tomorrow morning some idiot is going to wake up very, very rich.

I hope that idiot is me!

47 posted on 03/30/2012 9:24:14 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Lazamataz

And you are so damn funny I’d probably take you up as my ghost writer.

I gather the girls for some fun and we can both run off to my secluded island with them.

LOL


48 posted on 03/30/2012 9:28:56 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Its a deal!!!


49 posted on 03/30/2012 9:33:54 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Lazamataz

Hit it baby!!!!

I’m off to work.

Be back in a few hours.

If you don’t hear from me for a few days assume I am drunk off my ass, at Lake Tahoe and with a few chicks.

I’ll prolly be back on Monday...maybe.

Actually, I am off to a party in Palm Springs.

Later Taters.


50 posted on 03/30/2012 9:42:04 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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