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    Default Who's playing for Friday's $500,000,000 jackpot?

    We are generally NOT lottery players, but when the jackpot gets up there, we'll pick up a few tickets. Bought a few myself this morning, hubby spent $5 to go in the pool at work.

    Sure, it's very highly unlikely we'll win, but the dreaming is fun! The news showed people waiting in HUGE lines just to get tickets- I wouldn't go that far.

    So are you in or out of trying to take a shot at 1/2 a BILLION dollars?


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    I figure that every time I choose not to buy a lottery ticket, I win a dollar!

    Regardless, I'll get a couple of tickets... even though I have zero expectation of winning.

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    Nope. We've never bought a lottery ticket and don't see any reason to start now. But we LOVE people willing to pay voluntary taxes and donate to state coffers!

    If we were going to buy a ticket, it sure wouldn't be for these big-buck jackpots. A smaller jackpot has better odds of winning because fewer people are buying tickets. Not that the odds are good there, either.
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    Nope.......count me out but due to a couple of past winners from this area the sales are brisk here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Deer View Post
    A smaller jackpot has better odds of winning because fewer people are buying tickets.
    Yep, if so inclined, that is what I would do too.

    And was watching some show on TV (?news?) that said there has been so much trouble with the office pool winners they are now suggesting a PRE-NUP.............One atty. office now even advertises Lottery Disputes as their specialty!!!!

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    I put $10 in with a small group of co-workers. I play once every 2 - 3 years so it is a small price to pay to have fun dreaming for a little bit.

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    I'm playing to be a part of history!! (since it's the biggest jackpot ever) I will frame my losing ticket and hang it on the wall!!!
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    I wanna golden ticket and I want it NOOOOOOW! hehe
    Most likely won't.

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    I bought 5 easy picks today and we never play . I figured my chance is as good as anyone else's though.
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    I bought one today. If it's my time, it's my time.

    The cashier asked me to remember where I bought the ticket if I win. I told her if I win then there was going to be a vacation for her and I and it involved white sandy beaches & lots of umbrella drinks...
    She is totally in....

    ...and I am totally serious. I don't know her, might not even like her. She might not like me. But for 500 million, we will be getting along just fine.....

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    well, if you buy one ticket, your chances of winning are not that much different than if you buy no ticket. So I am saving my money.

    When our state lottery came out everyone was sent a coupon for a free ticket. DH went in and picked the numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6. The clerk looked at him like he was nuts. But think about it, it has the exact same chance of winning as any other 6 number combination.

    This is how I feel about lotteries - imagine you and 5 friends are playing poker. Everyone antes up $10 for a pot of $60. Then the landlord comes in, takes $30, and says, OK, the winner gets the rest. Then when someone wins the $30, the landlord comes back and takes another $10 (taxes). Wow, what a deal.

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    defintely buyin a few!

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    I'm in.........gotta dream
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    like my name says! Not me!

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    Nope. We're not buying one.

    What does Dave Ramsay say about it? How the Lottery Can Ruin Your Life - daveramsey.com
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    Here's another good article by Dave Ramsay. Definately makes you stop and think a little... Gambling Offers False Hope - daveramsey.com
    If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.


    2014 Lose-A-Pound-A-Week Challenge
    On November 8th - 135.6 lbs
    1st goal will be 135 lbs
    2nd goal will be 132 lbs
    3rd goal will be 130 lbs
    4th goal will be 128 lbs
    5th goal will be 126 lbs

    November No Spend Challenge /6 No Spend Days
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    Personal
    Pay off my Mortgage
    $57,400.14 (as of November 29th, 2014 - 5 years, 3 months)
    $73,670.29 (as of December 29th, 2013 - 7 years, 0 months left)
    $94,506.12 (as of December 21st, 2012 - 9 years, 2 months left)
    $108,631.38 (as of December 3rd, 2011 - 12 years, 7 months left)
    Pay off my Line of Credit#1 - General
    $20,633.60 (as of November 29th, 2014)
    $19,058.22 (as of July 28th, 2014)
    $10,784.38 (as of December 20th, 2013)
    $20,330.65 (as of June 7th, 2013)
    Pay off My Line of Credit #2
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    Breakdown of Grand Total - see below
    $828.42 undercoating for new van
    $1,148.65 winter tires & rims for new van
    $1,743.27 eavestrophs on our house
    $1,736.75 new walkway in the front of our house
    $31,000 new-to-us van

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