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Powerball to reveal who won $365 million
CNN ^ | Feb 22,2006

Posted on 02/22/2006 7:26:09 AM PST by murdoog

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- The winner -- or winners -- of the biggest jackpot on record for any lottery in the United States won't be a secret much longer.

Nebraska Lottery officials planned to reveal who won the $365 million Powerball jackpot at a news conference Wednesday.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday were 15, 17, 43, 44 and 48, with a Powerball number of 29, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association of Des Moines, Iowa, which runs the game for the participating states.

The only ticket matching the winning numbers was sold at a a U-Stop convenience store in Lincoln, lottery officials said. (Watch what identity clues are on store surveillance cameras -- 1:58)

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1 posted on 02/22/2006 7:26:10 AM PST by murdoog
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To: murdoog

This time next year we'll be hearing they're totally broke.


2 posted on 02/22/2006 7:29:09 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: murdoog
The local radio talk show host personalities here in Omaha were talking about how just about every lottery winner has her/his/their lives destroyed by winning the lottery because they lose everything else (friends, family, etc) over greed. Kinda sad.

I don't know if I'd go through with it if I won (I rarely play the lottery, in fact, haven't in 10 years) but I'd probably donate the entire winnings to Christian churches and charities and make a public statement saying "I know these private charities would make far better and more efficient use of the money than the government would by taking the tax money".

3 posted on 02/22/2006 7:29:40 AM PST by xrp (Every time Chuck Norris sneezes, a third-world country is annihilated from the face of the Earth.)
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To: mtbopfuyn
>This time next year we'll be hearing they're totally broke




Lots of people who
get rich quick get poor quick, too.
Don't blame lotteries . . .

4 posted on 02/22/2006 7:32:25 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: xrp

I've heard that too.

I believe that I'd donate a fair share of it to charities.

But I know I'd definitely keep enough to remain financially secure for many years to come.


5 posted on 02/22/2006 7:32:50 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: xrp

You might consider the Club for Growth or the Cato Institute, NRA/GOA/JPFO, or other such things as well.


6 posted on 02/22/2006 7:33:11 AM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: murdoog

I am starting a baseless rumor that a FReeper won it. Everybody could help by repeating it.


7 posted on 02/22/2006 7:35:03 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: xrp

I'd put most of it in municipal bonds and live off the interest tax free. donate hefty amounts to pro-life groups. Pay off my families' debts.


8 posted on 02/22/2006 7:36:11 AM PST by CharlieOK1 (I hate "Say no to Hate" bumper stickers)
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To: theFIRMbss

Thank you for posting the pic of Adam Osborne and his Osborne 1. Don't forget, he had two other tries: Paperback Software, which got him sued by Lotus for its 1-2-3 "look and feel" and after that went belly-up, he tried to make money by manufacturing in India. On that one he might have just been ahead of his time.


9 posted on 02/22/2006 7:37:11 AM PST by sittnick (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: murdoog

It's my third cousin twice removed on my step-mother's side.




That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


10 posted on 02/22/2006 7:38:48 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: murdoog

I'd go to Las Vegas, throw my millions down on a crap table, and holler, "Shoot the millions I have." Either double it or go home broke. That's the way I started, broke.


11 posted on 02/22/2006 7:38:52 AM PST by GOPologist
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To: Graybeard58

Yes I heard that too. I now its time to find a "loy-yuh" here to sure them for not paying for next quarter's donations.


12 posted on 02/22/2006 7:39:10 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: CharlieOK1
I'd demand to remain anonymous, screw all the leaches!
13 posted on 02/22/2006 7:39:28 AM PST by dalereed
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To: xrp
lives destroyed by winning the lottery because they lose everything else (friends, family, etc) over greed.

Several years ago, a good friend of wifey's won a million bucks through some sort of church raffle ($100 per ticket!). It was one of those payable over 20 years thingies and her take was around a whopping $40,000 per year.

They all came out of the woodwork, including the family of an unfamiliar uncle who insisted she pay for his looming heart transplant.

14 posted on 02/22/2006 7:39:56 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: murdoog

A co-worker told me this morning that a group of seven employees of a meat processing plant are the winners.


15 posted on 02/22/2006 7:41:09 AM PST by Quilla
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To: murdoog

If it was me I'd be perfectly happy for them to leave me in obscurity. Nothing worse than advertizing that you now have enough money to run a small country.

Once you've been 'exposed' in this way, there's no telling who and what will beat a path to your door, although it's a sure bet that a lawyer will be one of the first three beggars to ring the doorbell. The other two will be IRS and religious organizations.

Apparently, the government and God will not be able to continue to function without your 'contribution'.


16 posted on 02/22/2006 7:42:14 AM PST by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: sittnick; theFIRMbss

Sweet memories...the Osborne1 was my first pc.


17 posted on 02/22/2006 7:42:16 AM PST by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Graybeard58
It definitely was a Freeper. He's been letting some people know through the Freepmail.

I know who it is, but I'm not telling anybody before he does.

It's all very exciting.

18 posted on 02/22/2006 7:42:45 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: murdoog
I heard it was a group of four who went in on the ticket - the person who purchased it and the Federal, State, and municipal governements.
19 posted on 02/22/2006 7:43:28 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: ErnBatavia
>They all came out of the woodwork, including the family of an unfamiliar uncle who insisted she pay for his looming heart transplant

When I win, I plan
on going directly to
Monte Carlo, so

my relatives can
just leave a message with the
concierge to beg . . .

20 posted on 02/22/2006 7:44:58 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: murdoog
If I won 124 mil?

I don't need much personally, so I'd probably set up endowments for charities and causes that interest me.

College scholarships for kids I know plus other worthy kids as well.

Fund zero-cost spay and nueter clinics.

21 posted on 02/22/2006 7:45:23 AM PST by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: murdoog

Who really cares who won? Zillions of brain dead who paid for tickees and lost are still losers. Bwahahaha! Powerball and other multi-state scams is the worst lottery ever.


22 posted on 02/22/2006 7:46:00 AM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: ErnBatavia

Wonderful pictures of my favorite bird!!


23 posted on 02/22/2006 7:46:13 AM PST by yoe
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To: mtbopfuyn
This time next year we'll be hearing they're totally broke.

Why do Freepers assume this about everyone who wins the lottery? Some people who play are responsible people. Not every lottery player is a dolt.

24 posted on 02/22/2006 7:46:27 AM PST by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: murdoog
Twenty years ago, give or take there was a winner of the NY state lottery..Curtis something..I think he won $50 million or so..at the time it was the biggest jackpot ever..well, he showed up at the Lottery office for the press conference with his wife AND his girlfriend...he was totally broke a few years ago.

IMHO, about the best thing that the lottery could do would be to require people to take the prizes over a 20 year payout..

25 posted on 02/22/2006 7:47:23 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: murdoog
THE HAPPY WINNER:

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26 posted on 02/22/2006 7:49:38 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Wombat101

I told my husband that if we ever won, we'd leave town immediately with the camp trailer and disappear for a few months.


27 posted on 02/22/2006 7:49:55 AM PST by tiki
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To: ken5050
IMHO, about the best thing that the lottery could do would be to require people to take the prizes over a 20 year payout..

That won't work. There are plenty of lending institutions that will allow you to use the 20 year payout as collateral for a lump sum.
28 posted on 02/22/2006 7:50:49 AM PST by sittnick (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
Why do Freepers assume this about everyone who wins the lottery? Some people who play are responsible people. Not every lottery player is a dolt.

It's the MSM bias. If you have 10 lottery winners and 9 of them live happily and comfortable while one goes broke spending his money on whores, drugs, booze and Enron stock which one will show up on the TV the next year?

29 posted on 02/22/2006 7:51:58 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Next Olympics I want wide track bobsledding. Four sleds on the track at once - like Ben Hur on ice.)
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To: tiki

I'd make on last post on FR and disappear forever. I'd do a better job of hiding than Osama.


30 posted on 02/22/2006 7:53:16 AM PST by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: Graybeard58

Ugh. That is simultaneously grotesque and fascinating. It looks as though he swalled a gnome.


31 posted on 02/22/2006 7:54:23 AM PST by Samwise
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To: Quilla

Eight workers, Con-Agra.


32 posted on 02/22/2006 7:54:27 AM PST by Quilla
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To: sittnick

That can be easily handled..the lotery office refused to allow the payout to be hypothecated..and sent to the lending institution. A bank might be willing to loan Joan blow a big lump sum if the check was being sent directly to them every year..if not..well..different story..


33 posted on 02/22/2006 7:54:59 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Graybeard58

If I won, which I won't because I don't play, but if I did and if I won, I wouldn't tell a soul...I'd be afraid someone would kidnap my jedis or, when they grew up and had kids, my grandkids.

I'm happy being poor! :-)


34 posted on 02/22/2006 7:55:00 AM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: Quilla

All illegal aliens...


35 posted on 02/22/2006 7:55:49 AM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit our sister..but we knew just what to do...we gathered rocks and squashed her!)
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To: xrp
I'd probably donate the entire winnings to Christian churches and charities

Nice thought. Would they want it, knowing where it came from?

How about starting a foundation for the treatment of compulsive gamblers and their families?

36 posted on 02/22/2006 7:56:26 AM PST by Tom Bombadil
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To: murdoog
Nebraska Lottery officials planned to reveal who won the $365 million Powerball jackpot at a news conference Wednesday.

Is it required that you show up to pick up the big check. If I had won, my first visit would be with a lawyer to find any way possible to keep my name out of the news and sign the paper work so the lottery office would direct deposit the winnings to my bank account. I would be out of the contact for everyone by then. I might even sit on the ticket for a month or two to wait for a big news story (like another Cheney shooting rampage) to hide the announcement that someone claimed the prize.

37 posted on 02/22/2006 7:58:05 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Next Olympics I want wide track bobsledding. Four sleds on the track at once - like Ben Hur on ice.)
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To: murdoog
"Rockey said lottery officials planned to go to the store Sunday to verify the sale, which would entitle the store owner to a $50,000 bonus."

$50K? Is that all?! I always thought the store took a certain percentage of the jackpot. Hmmm... guess not. Anyhow, let me win the lottery and I promise not to blow it all in just one year!

38 posted on 02/22/2006 7:58:08 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Quilla
A co-worker told me this morning that a group of seven employees of a meat processing plant are the winners.

So...they are weiners!!!

39 posted on 02/22/2006 7:59:32 AM PST by Osage Orange (Symbolism before Substance........the DemoSocialistMarxistLeftistLyingLibs New Testament)
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To: sittnick
If I were to win the lotto, I would take 50% and invest it....in whiskey and wild women, then I'd just blow the rest.
40 posted on 02/22/2006 8:02:38 AM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: Wombat101

Oddly enough, they have to hold a press conference, announce the winner publicly, to avoid any suspicion that the thing was rigged..an "insider" won it..


41 posted on 02/22/2006 8:06:23 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Hatteras

It's ture..the seller gets one percent of the jackpot..put the state legislature capped the award at $50k some years back..


42 posted on 02/22/2006 8:08:32 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: murdoog

Does anyone know if there is a way to collect your winnings anonymously?

I mean, just hypothetically, of course...


43 posted on 02/22/2006 8:13:15 AM PST by Thrusher ("...there is no peace without victory.")
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To: ken5050

Too bad. I seriously hope the winner(s) hire some ex-Secret Service or FBI types to keep the beggars from the doorstep.

Not that I'm an expert, but if I had a word of advice for these folks it is this; charity begins (and ends) at your own pocketbook, an no unselfish deed goes unpunished. Let them take your picture (if you must) and then high-tail it out of town, checking your 'six' all the way.


44 posted on 02/22/2006 8:23:01 AM PST by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: KarlInOhio

I don't play, but who else would seriously consider making a deal with someone willing to forever keep the secret and claim they won it in order to remain anonymous? Heck, with that kind of money, I'd offer up to half just to make it worth it to them. They would receive the payments and then pay half to me. It would be worth that much to me to not have to deal with the publicity. I wouldn't be surprised if someone else had already done this. Sure, it would be easy for them to take more than their share since nobody else could know, but I still think it would be worth the risk.


45 posted on 02/22/2006 8:25:14 AM PST by garandag (Guns don't save lives, people with guns save lives.)
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To: Wombat101; Thrusher

Think about it..some lottery official steps up tot he mike and sasy that they have paid $300 mill out, but they can't tell you who won it..imagine the tin-foil hats..


46 posted on 02/22/2006 8:26:23 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: ken5050

Happens all the time in New York. Someone hits a lottery and there's the obligatory photo-op and then they fade into obscurity.

With the except of Lou Eisenberg (who won twice) and Curtis Sharp (a textbook example of stupidity), I can't recall a lottery winner with any publicity.

Then again, I can't remember a NY Lotto winner who took home $300 mil...


47 posted on 02/22/2006 8:29:20 AM PST by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: ken5050; Wombat101
From the Powerball.com website FAQ:

CAN I REMAIN ANONYMOUS WHEN I HIT THE JACKPOT?

All but three states (DE, KS, ND) have laws that require the lottery to release the name and city of residence to anyone who asks.One state (SC) will keep your name secret if you request it, but if someone files a Freedom of Information Act request, you may have to file a plea with the judge to deny it. Photos and press conferences are always up to you. Most of the time, it is advisable to get it over with the press so that you don't have one or more reporters following you around to get that "exclusive" interview. A few more lotteries may work with you on setting up a trust or other partnership. You should contact the lottery for the details after you win.

48 posted on 02/22/2006 8:31:09 AM PST by Thrusher ("...there is no peace without victory.")
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To: Wombat101

They hold the presser.the public announcement and introduction every time..but the media ignores it unless it's a really big prize..over $100 mill..or a lawyer shows up to contest the payout..


49 posted on 02/22/2006 8:31:28 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Graybeard58

Should we start saying it was Graybeard58??


50 posted on 02/22/2006 8:32:22 AM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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