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$560 Million Lottery Winner Sues For Anonymity

Fortune reports: One very lucky New Hampshire woman is the winner of last month’s $560 million Powerball—but she wants to keep her identity a secret. Due to existing lottery rules, the winner is obligated to publicly claim the winnings, thereby indirectly letting friends and criminals alike know that she has come into millions. The winner fears that the inability to ...

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Fox News: Buy All The Lottery Tickets You Can Afford

Business Insider, shockingly, says this a terrible strategy. They write: On Monday morning, liberal media watchdog group Media Matters tweeted a screenshot from a Saturday Fox and Friends segment advising a simple strategy for maximizing your chances of winning the lottery: Buy as many tickets as you can afford. This is technically true. Buying more lottery tickets does increase your ...

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Powerball Soars To World Record $1.3 Billion

Sorry kids, you’re going to work tomorrow. The Independent reports: America awaits its first lottery billionaire, after the Powerball jackpot rollover hit a world-record figure of $1.3 billion. No one won Saturday’s $949.8 million jackpot on 9 January, already the biggest in US history. Strong ticket sales, fueled by excitement over the enormous sum, have driven the prize money up ...

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Open Thread Thursday: Powerball Fever

Well, you didn’t win the Powerball. But if you did, what would you do? NBC News breaks down last night’s drawing: The jackpot will roll over to an estimated $675 million — the largest lottery prize in U.S. history, according to Texas Lottery spokesperson Kelly Cripe — when it’s drawn again Saturday night. The numbers drawn in Wednesday night’s $500 ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Spain’s Lottery

Gone viral with nearly two million views is a touching ad for Spain’s national lottery. The Irish Times reports: The advert shows a lonely night-time security guard getting up every night at 10pm for his shift at a factory which makes mannequins. He decides to set up some of the figures in funny poses for when the morning shift staff ...

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$70B Spent On State Lotteries Last Year

Via the Atlantic: According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotteries took in $70.1 billion in sales in the 2014 fiscal year. That’s more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets, and recorded music sales. The national average hides a lot of variance among the states. In North ...

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John Oliver On The Lottery

“Last year Americans spent more on the lottery than they spent on movie tickets, music, porn, major league baseball, the NFL, and video games combined.”

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REPORT: $590M Lottery Winner To Share Fortune With Her Gay Son And His Partner

Last week Florida resident Gloria Mackenzie, 84, came forward as the $590M winner of the largest individual lottery jackpot prize in US history.  According to the British tabloid Daily Mail, Mackenzie is going to share the jackpot with her 57 year-old son Scott, who lives in Jacksonville with his partner Jerry, age 65. Gloria, whose husband Ralph died in 2005, ...

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Open Thread Thursday

Your lottery fantasy. Let’s hear it.

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DC’s Soul Train Scratcher

Some critics are saying that Washington DC’s new Soul Train scratcher is meant “make poor black people spend more of their money.”

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Lesbian Couple Wins $10M Florida Lottery

HUGE props to Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel for their wording: A Coral Springs woman has claimed a $10 million lottery win — the largest haul of the year so far in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Tara Tuttle, 35, claimed the $10 million top prize in the Billion Dollar Blockbust Scratch-off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Tuttle (pictured with ...

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California’s Lottery Cam Is Watching You

Your dream of changing your name and vanishing into the ether with your winnings won’t happen in California, where lottery officials have published surveillance video of a big winner checking his ticket. “We see this as an integrity and transparency issue,” said Russ Lopez, California Lottery Deputy Director of Corporate Communications, in a statement. “The California Lottery truly believes that ...

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What Would YOU Do With Half A Billion?

Fantasize away…

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Obama’s PowerBall Winner Announced

The Obama campaign has been raffling off a dinner with the president, a populist schtick I find rather undignified for the office. Today they announced their first winner.

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Cyndi Lauper For New York Powerball

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Lottery Billboard Smashes BQE

A massive illegal billboard promoting the Mega Millions lottery came crashing down onto the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Friday. Officials at the Department of Buildings say advertisements at the location are illegal. “It’s a miracle that nobody got hurt, because this is always busy, especially around 2 o’clock,” said one resident. “I ride my bike up Meeker Avenue all the time—warm, ...

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Financial Illiteracy

Sullivan links today to this bit of insanity: In a recent consumer study, 21 percent of individuals surveyed – including 38 percent of those with income below $25,000 – reported that winning the lottery was “the most practical strategy for accumulating several hundred thousand dollars” of wealth for their own retirement. In addition, 16 percent thought that winning the lottery ...

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Powerball Winner Caught On Tape

As a local Missouri television crew followed Powerball officials at the convenience store that sold the winning $258M ticket, a rather ramshackle looking fellow walks up to inquire about his numbers. I love it when these winners seem to be hard luck cases. How did he stay so calm?

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Wallet Envy

The New York Lottery gets cute. Big dick jokes! Sorta!

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