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Old 11-27-2012, 11:31 AM  
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The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing now stands at $500 million -- the richest Powerball pot ever -- and it's likely to get even sweeter.

"Back in January, we moved Powerball from being a $1 game to $2," says Mary Neubauer, a spokeswoman for the Iowa lottery. "We thought at the time that this would mean bigger and faster-growing jackpots."

It's proved true. The total, she says, "has been taking huge jumps -- another $100 million since Saturday." (The most recent drawing, on Saturday night, produced no winning numbers.)

Until now, the biggest Powerball pot on record -- $365 million -- was won in 2006 by eight Lincoln, Neb., co-workers.

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Lottery officials in Iowa, where Powerball is headquartered, have started getting phone calls from all around the world. "When it gets this big," says Neubauer, "we start getting inquiries from Canada and Europe from people wanting to know if they can buy a ticket. They ask if they can FedEx us the money."

The answer she has to give them, she says, is: "Sorry, no. You have to buy a ticket in a member state from a licensed retail location."

About 80 percent of players don't choose their own Powerball number, opting instead for a computer-generated one.

Asked if there's anything players can do to improve their odds of winning, Neubauer says no -- apart from buying a ticket, of course.

Lottery officials put the odds of winning Wednesday's Powerball pot at one in 175 million, meaning you are 25 times more likely to win an Academy Award.

Skip Garibaldi, a professor of mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta, provides additional perspective: You are three times more likely to die from a falling coconut, he says; seven times more likely to die from fireworks, "and way more likely to die from flesh-eating bacteria" (115 fatalities a year) than you are to win the Powerball lottery.

Segueing, then, from death to life, Garibaldi notes that even the best physicians, equipped with the most up-to-date equipment, can't predict the timing of a child's birth with much accuracy.

"But let's suppose, however, that your doctor managed to predict the day, the hour, the minute and the second your baby would be born," Garibaldi says. The doctor's uncanny prediction would be "at least 100 times" more likely than your winning Wednesday.

Even though he knows the odds all too well, Garibaldi says he'll usually play the lottery. "When it gets this big, I'll buy a couple of tickets. It's kind of exciting. You get this feeling of anticipation. You get to think about the fantasy."

So will he be purchasing two tickets for Wednesday's Powerball? "I can't," he tells ABC News. "I'm in California" -- one of eight states that doesn't offer Powerball.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:41 PM   #136
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:42 PM   #137
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:43 PM   #138
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That's just what you want us to think. When you roll up to the food drive Sunday in a Ferrari, everyone will know.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:44 PM   #139
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:00 AM   #140
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I got to be honest with you... I was hoping to win $3 so I would have enough mon-ay to GET to the food drive. I hope somebody brings a can of clam chowder. We will accept cans of beer too, but we prefer bottles.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:37 AM   #141
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What I find strange is why people flip shit over $500 million but not when its at $100 million. While there is quite a large literal difference in the total, is it not really the same result? From a working class citizen to now only worrying about HOW to spend your money. Forgive me for sounding like a dick but I just don't see how risking $2 for $500 million is worth it but $2 for 100 million isn't. Perhaps its just the excitement of it all.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:39 AM   #142
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What I find strange is why people flip shit over $500 million but not when its at $100 million. While there is quite a large literal difference in the total, is it not really the same result? From a working class citizen to now only worrying about HOW to spend your money. Forgive me for sounding like a dick but I just don't see how risking $2 for $500 million is worth it but $2 for 100 million isn't. Perhaps its just the excitement of it all.
If you think about it, getting 50k in straight up cash is more than enough if you invest wisely.

****, if you're competent at betting you could probably make some serious money with 30k disposable.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:42 AM   #143
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****, if you're competent at betting you could probably make some serious money with 30k disposable.
Indeed. And obviously as far as just winning and being set for life goes, there is a line. I just don't think that the line is anywhere near the number that powerball and mega are always at. If you are someone making sure they put money down on the $500 million jackpot, then to me you should be someone making sure you put money down on any of the major jackpots whenever they draw.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:48 AM   #146
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What I find strange is why people flip shit over $500 million but not when its at $100 million. While there is quite a large literal difference in the total, is it not really the same result? From a working class citizen to now only worrying about HOW to spend your money. Forgive me for sounding like a dick but I just don't see how risking $2 for $500 million is worth it but $2 for 100 million isn't. Perhaps its just the excitement of it all.
Yeah. Big talk. I bought a ticket on a whim once on vacation down south and I'm pretty sure most the numbers hit since I played my legitimate kids and my illegitimate kids birthdays but that bad boy was only like $70,000,000 or so and I am not driving back down there for that paltry number.
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Yeah. Big talk. I bought a ticket on a whim once on vacation down south and I'm pretty sure most the numbers hit since I played my legitimate kids and my illegitimate kids birthdays but that bad boy was only like $70,000,000 or so and I am not driving back down there for that paltry number.
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