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$210 Million Powerball Jackpot up for Grabs on New Year's Eve
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Posted on 12/28/2003 4:47:55 AM PST by Lokibob

$210 Million Powerball Jackpot up for Grabs on New Year's Eve
Sunday December 28, 12:56 am ET

POWERBALL, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Lottery players across the nation will have more than 200 million reasons to celebrate New Year's Eve this year. That's because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing, pushing the jackpot to an estimated $210 million. That's currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world.

The $210 million jackpot would rank as the 5th largest Powerball jackpot ever, and would rank as the 7th largest lottery jackpot all-time. The cash option for the Wednesday, December 31 drawing will be an estimated $113.9 million.

There were no jackpot winners Wednesday but 1,196,961 players across the nation won a total of more than $9.6 million in prizes in America's Game.

This current jackpot run started with the Saturday, November 8 drawing. The drawing on Saturday was the 15th consecutive draw without being hit. Almost 8 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of more than $68.7 million in cash prizes since this jackpot run started in early November.

This is the second time this year that Powerball has crossed over the $200 million mark.

The numbers drawn were: 16, 17, 32, 34, 43 and the Powerball was 31. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Fifteen players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Arizona (2), Connecticut, Indiana (2), Minnesota (3), Missouri (2), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), and Wisconsin. One of the winning Minnesota players purchased the Power Play option, multiplying their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000.

Seventy players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Six of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000.

More than 97,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot.

Players purchased more than 43.5 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

The lotteries sold $1.6 billion in Powerball tickets in 2002. That translates into more than $480 million for worthwhile state projects. Powerball is now played in 24 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on Powerball please visit our website at www.powerball.com



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lottery; nye; powerball
A friend calls lotterys "a tax on the mathematically challenged". That having been said, I already have my tickets for Wednesdays drawing.
1 posted on 12/28/2003 4:47:56 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: Lokibob
The other multi state lottery has a $150 million one on Tuesday. I can't help but throw a few bucks at them when they get that high.
2 posted on 12/28/2003 4:54:14 AM PST by steve50 ("There is Tranquility in Ignorance, but Servitude is its Partner.")
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To: steve50
I bought $2 worth for each yesterday. I won $4 last night in the Powerball, so I guess I will re-invest!

"you can't win, if you don't have a ticket!"

3 posted on 12/28/2003 4:57:03 AM PST by pageonetoo (Rush didn't know??? MajaRushie, the all knowing one? I have a bridge to sell...)
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To: Lokibob
btttlr
4 posted on 12/28/2003 4:59:55 AM PST by Ff--150 (What is Is)
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To: pageonetoo
NO, your chances of winning the big one are only slightly enhanced by buying a ticket. Still, lightning has to strike somewhere.

I read that you stand a better chance of being hit by lightning twice in a single year, than winning the powerball.
5 posted on 12/28/2003 5:00:49 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: Lokibob
It's MINE!!!!! Keep away! ALL MINE!!!!

This is my retirement plan... I'm investing $5 a week...

Mark

6 posted on 12/28/2003 5:02:14 AM PST by MarkL (I know that there's a defense around here somewhere... Chiefs 12-3... Bah, Humbug!)
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To: Lokibob
I've always called it "a tax on the willing" or "a voluntary tax."

I'think I'll get some tickets--only 30 minutes away.

7 posted on 12/28/2003 5:05:16 AM PST by lonestar (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Lokibob
"NO, your chances of winning the big one are only slightly enhanced by buying a ticket. Still, lightning has to strike somewhere...

I agree about the chnces, but I throw away a whole lot more at MickeyD's, than on lottery tickets. $2 is less than pocket change, and I usually only play when it gets BIG, because... "you can't win, if you don't have a ticket!"

Its'"for the chil'run"!!! (LOL)

8 posted on 12/28/2003 5:09:20 AM PST by pageonetoo (Rush didn't know??? MajaRushie, the all knowing one? I have a bridge to sell...)
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To: MarkL
Once, I went to a neighboring state to buy powerball tickets for a $150 million draw, I got 40, $5 tickets ($200) total. I went to the local pub and people were standing in line to buy them from me. The prize was won, (not by anybody in the pub).

Following draw, I again got 20 each $5.00 for a $10 million draw, and could not sell one of them. I found it amazing that people wouldn't put $5.00 out for a $10 million prize, but would mortgage the farm for the possibility of winning $150 million when the odds were exactly the same.
9 posted on 12/28/2003 5:10:12 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: lonestar
I get my tickets five blocks away. I spend a whoppin' $2 when it's over $100,000,000.

My hubby sniffs and says, "it's like throwing money down the toilet." I said, "well, if I win, I know you won't want any of the money." He said, "Not so fast--this is a community property state. I get half."

10 posted on 12/28/2003 5:15:21 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: pageonetoo
Its'"for the chil'run"!!! (LOL)

Yeh, that's what I used to think (for the schools) until I saw the cut the panel of lawyers(Lottery Commission) get from running the thing.

They do a great job of promoting it tho, few stop to think that $200 mil turns into $70 or so after lump sum and tax deductions are taken out. Oh well, still better than a McJob.

11 posted on 12/28/2003 5:18:16 AM PST by steve50 ("There is Tranquility in Ignorance, but Servitude is its Partner.")
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To: Lokibob
Amazing how 10 mil can actually look like chump change. Compared to any of our salaries, it's a "Major Award!"
12 posted on 12/28/2003 5:18:58 AM PST by Ladysmith
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To: Catspaw
A woman comes home one night and shouts up the stairs to her husband:

"Pack your bags, I've won the lottery!"

Her husband replies:

"Should I pack for sun or snow?"

The woman shouts:

"I don't care, I've won the lottery now get out!!!"
13 posted on 12/28/2003 5:20:39 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: steve50
It's not really that.

States take the lottery money and give it to the schools first, then lower the amount they allocate for schools from the general fund by that amount.

Just think of it as going into the general fund.
14 posted on 12/28/2003 5:24:52 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: Lokibob
LOL!

I wouldn't toss him out, but I'd buy a much bigger house--with his workshop out of earshot (I'm thinking about a mile or so away). There's nothing like settling down for a long winter's freep & have a table saw fire up directly underneath me.

15 posted on 12/28/2003 5:25:30 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
I have to go out of state to get Powerball tickets.

When you win, give your husband half--minus $1. LOL!

16 posted on 12/28/2003 5:27:07 AM PST by lonestar (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: steve50
Hmmm, $70,000,000 invested at 5% (not hard to do) yields about $3,5000,000 per year, without touching the principal.

How shall I live, on such paultry sum?? I guess I will only be able to afford the Citation V, instead of the Gulfstream... to roam about the world!

Here's a pre-owned one, that I may play with: http://www.cessnapreowned.com/DisplayAircraft.asp?aid=70&PageFrom=

17 posted on 12/28/2003 5:29:00 AM PST by pageonetoo (Rush didn't know??? MajaRushie, the all knowing one? I have a bridge to sell...)
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To: Catspaw
Various unpleasant carpentry accidents come to mind...
18 posted on 12/28/2003 5:32:11 AM PST by I_dmc
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To: lonestar
When you win, give your husband half--minus $1. LOL!

And he'd say, "I put gas in the car (and he always does)...then there's insurance, maintenance and depreciation," and he'd bill me about $20. He's just kind of guy :-))

I haven't checked Saturday's numbers yet. I could be a thousandaire. Or not.

19 posted on 12/28/2003 5:33:41 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: steve50
The estimated jackpot for 12/31/2003 is $210,000,000.
Cash Option: $113,900,000.
20 posted on 12/28/2003 5:34:16 AM PST by I_dmc
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To: I_dmc
And after taxes, that nets you in the neighborhood of $80 million. A very nice neighborhood.
21 posted on 12/28/2003 5:44:38 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: Lokibob
It is a shame that the government has taken over the
numbers racket.
This is not as bad as abortion, but it runs a near second.
22 posted on 12/28/2003 5:52:30 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (A little knowledge is dangerous.-- I live dangerously.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
You're equating abortion with me spending $2 on Powerball? You're twisted.
23 posted on 12/28/2003 5:56:56 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Lokibob
I won $1,000 years ago in the Minnesota scratch-off lotto. I had to drive to St. Paul to collect and they took the tax out before I got my check...about $680 or so.
24 posted on 12/28/2003 6:02:18 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Catspaw
Nope I am saying that the numbers racket is just another
way that the morals of my Country is down graded by
quick rich schemes.
25 posted on 12/28/2003 6:11:07 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (A little knowledge is dangerous.-- I live dangerously.)
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To: Lokibob
I'd have as much chance of winning the powerball as I would getting into the sack with Anna Kornikova. That would be a nice pleasant two-fer....
26 posted on 12/28/2003 6:28:59 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Congratulations.

I won $1,000,000 in the French lottery last year. But you know the French, they are paying me one dollar a year for a million years. LOL
27 posted on 12/28/2003 6:29:11 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Don't play. No one's making you play. And it's my money and I can spend it in any way I choose.

In our state, we get a property tax credit from lottery sales. I'm sure you'd refuse it and pay the state the additional monies so you wouldn't receiving benefits of the wages of sin.

28 posted on 12/28/2003 6:35:26 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: vetvetdoug
If you win the lottery, it is probably a lot closer to happening! LOL... or at least another blonde/brunette/redhead bimbo (or all three!)!

But, I just picked up my $2 ticket, so it is going to be mine!

29 posted on 12/28/2003 12:12:13 PM PST by pageonetoo (Rush didn't know??? MajaRushie, the all knowing one? I have a bridge to sell...)
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To: Lokibob
My family calls lottery tickets "dollar bookmarks". It's cheap fun to think about what you'd do if you won.
30 posted on 12/28/2003 12:14:57 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Catspaw
Oh my... your house sounds just like mine! (isn't that a lovely noise, wood running through the table saw!)
31 posted on 12/28/2003 12:24:37 PM PST by stlnative
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