Eyes on Ariz. and Mo. as hunt for winners begins in record $579.9 million Powerball jackpot

  • Article by: M. SPENCER GREEN and JIM COLE , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 29, 2012 - 2:48 AM
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tomhustonNov. 29, 12 3:03 AM

I just hope that the winner isn't some undeserving multi-millionaire or billionaire that just really irritates me so much when they win... It isn't like they need the money so why do they bother playing???

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comment229Nov. 29, 12 4:55 AM

It's going to be cold again today. How many kids are going to show up at school with really poor shoes on today, while their parents stand there staring at their lottery tickets that are now worthless? Is this a guilt trip? Damn right.

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comment229Nov. 29, 12 4:56 AM

PS... and the phrase advertised to "please play responsibly" ranks right up there with the warning on cigarette packages.

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bizsmithNov. 29, 12 6:02 AM

I don't recall any multimillionaires being winners. Powerball is a tax on the poor. They buy the tickets.

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beaglemomNov. 29, 12 6:49 AM

I don't know of many other investments that buy you the daydreaming (with possibility) of picturing the generosity of helping out friends and family; paying off homes, establishing college funds, creating scholarships, helping charities you believe in, getting a reliable car for someone who is struggling, making house payments for parents of a dying child... Sure some think of a yacht and travel and $2 isn't a bad deal for a mental trip like that either. Sure the odds are bad but each of us beats the odds in different ways on a daily basis. If you are too much of a realist to indulge yourself in this sort of fantasy than don't play.

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fiveofusNov. 29, 12 6:59 AM

Comments like the 'undeserving rich'and 'tax on the poor' really are laughable. What happened to responsibility for one's own choices? If I buy a ticket, how is that someone's else's fault, problem, or concern? The other one to go along with these two is 'fair'. Now THAT'S a side-splitter. We can waste a lot of time in the pursuit of 'fair', but someone somewhere will cry foul. Be responsible for your own actions, and make your own choices. Accountability- missing in America for years.

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bluedevil101Nov. 29, 12 7:21 AM

Thank ou "fiveofus" for your thoughtful comment. You are so right on...

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skeptikNov. 29, 12 8:37 AM

Beaglemom and fiveofus, I like your comments. Also whomever is the holder of the winning tickets of this lottery most likely will be putting a lot of this money back into the economy anyhow, so maybe we are all winners in the long haul. Think of it as Lottery Trickle Down Economics.

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ralph6767Nov. 29, 12 8:57 AM

Thanks to the 99.9999+% of players who were net contributors to the voluntary tax (aka Lottery). The public appreciates your support and generosity. PT Barnum was correct when he said "There's a sucker born every minute".

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