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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?
    Slow and steady wins the race....eventually!
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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.


    Put ALL EXCUSES ASIDE and remember this:
    YOU ARE CAPABLE!


    2016 Lose-A-Pound-A-Week Challenge
    Started at 139.8 lbs on Monday, May 9th
    1st goal will be 135 lbs - reached 135.8 lbs goal on Fri, May 13th!
    2nd goal will be 133 lbs - reached 133.8 lbs on Fri, May 20th!
    Reached 132.6 lbs on June 1st!
    3rd goal will be 130 lbs - reached 130.8 lbs on Thurs, July 7th!
    4th goal will be 129 lbs
    5th goal will be 127 lbs
    6th goal will be 125 lbs

    Personal ~ as of March 12, 2016
    Pay off my Mortgage
    $36,303.13 (3 years, 1 months left)
    Pay off My Line of Credit ~ Van
    PAID OFF IN FULL!!
    Pay off my Line of Credit ~ General
    $26,058.14

    Winning at money is 80% behaviour and 20% head knowledge....Hey, if it were easy, every moron walking would be wealthy.
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