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Old 02-19-2006, 04:08 AM   #1
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Exclamation 8 Nebraska Co-Workers share record $365 million Powerball Jackpot

Winning Powerball ticket sold -- in Nebraska

Sunday, February 19, 2006; Posted: 2:52 a.m. EST (07:52 GMT)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- One person overcame the 1-in-146.1 million odds to buy a winning Powerball ticket worth a record $365 million, lottery officials said early Sunday.

Only one winning ticket was sold for Saturday's jackpot, the largest in the country's history, the Powerball Web site said.

Nebraska Lottery officials confirmed a winning ticket was sold in Lincoln, spokesman Brian Rockey said. They know where it was sold and will visit the site early Sunday to verify the ticket, he said.

As of early Sunday, no one had come forward to claim the jackpot, he said. "We don't know if the winner knows yet," Rockey said.

If more than one ticket was sold, the jackpot would be split. Rockey said Nebraska officials have not yet been notified they were the only state with a winning ticket from the Multi-State Lottery Association, based in Des Moines, Iowa, which runs Powerball.

The Powerball jackpot topped the previous lottery record, which was $363 million for the Big Game -- the forerunner of Mega Millions. That was won by two ticket holders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000.

Powerball's previous record of $340 million was won by an Oregon family in October.

People with dreams of winning the record jackpot stood in lengthening lines Saturday to buy tickets that flew out of machines at dizzying speeds.

West Virginia retailers cranked out tickets at a rate of 29 per second on Friday, said Libby White, the lottery's marketing director. North Carolina and Virginia residents called the West Virginia lottery asking for directions to the closest retailer, she said.

Sales in South Carolina reached $11,000 a minute on Friday, "pretty staggering," said John C.B. Smith, chairman of the state's lottery commission.

Jerry Bono, a furniture mover from Omaha, said he averages $10 worth of Powerball tickets per week, but goes for the big jackpots and leaves the lesser games alone. "If I lose, I lose, but if I ever hit, I'd get out of here and move to Las Vegas."

Powerball is played in 28 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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It wasn't me, I bought mine in Pennsylvania.
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Just let me have the interest earned off of it and I'll live happily ever after.
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It's ridiculous to give $365 million to just *one* person. Why would anyone need that absurd large sum of money? There's no way anyone could spend it all in a lifetime! Why not giving 365 people each a million? That's still a bit absurd though. They could make so many people happy, but instead they're doing silly things like this.
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It's ridiculous to give $365 million to just *one* person. Why would anyone need that absurd large sum of money? There's no way anyone could spend it all in a lifetime! Why not giving 365 people each a million? That's still a bit absurd though. They could make so many people happy, but instead they're doing silly things like this.
The government will take about one-half of that in taxes.
Besides, which 365 people would get the one million each?
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$177mil was the cash value.
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It's ridiculous to give $365 million to just *one* person. Why would anyone need that absurd large sum of money? There's no way anyone could spend it all in a lifetime! Why not giving 365 people each a million? That's still a bit absurd though. They could make so many people happy, but instead they're doing silly things like this.
Bet you wouldn't say that if it was you who won. Wait...I take that back. You probably would.
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The government will take about one-half of that in taxes.
And we all know how poor you'll be after that one quarter is taken.

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Besides, which 365 people would get the one million each?
What does it matter? I just think it's better to make 365 people happy than just one.

$365 million for one person is just crazy.
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And we all know how poor you'll be after that one quarter is taken.


What does it matter? I just think it's better to make 365 people happy than just one.

$365 million for one person is just crazy.
Well if more than 1 person picks those numbers, they would win too.
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And we all know how poor you'll be after that one quarter is taken.


What does it matter? I just think it's better to make 365 people happy than just one.

$365 million for one person is just crazy.
It's a game. You're over analizing it. This is how the left thinks. Take from the rich and give to the poor. It's one thing to look at it from what is going on in society but it's a game of chance and that person won the money. If 365 people had picked the money then 365 people would have gotten the money.
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And we all know how poor you'll be after that one quarter is taken.

What does it matter? I just think it's better to make 365 people happy than just one.

$365 million for one person is just crazy.
He won, fair and square.

And, as I asked, how would it be determined which 365 people would get one million $ each?
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He won, fair and square.

And, as I asked, how would it be determined which 365 people would get one million $ each?
Like I said: that doesn't matter.

I don't know exactly how this lottery works. You could just draw 365 numbers and the people who got those numbers get a million each.
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Like I said: that doesn't matter.

I don't know exactly how this lottery works. You could just draw 365 numbers and the people who got those numbers get a million each.
The amount to be won is determined by the amount of tickets that are sold for that lottery. So your way will not work. It's not neccesarily 1 person that wins it all the time. Who ever get the numbers gets a share of the money.
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$365 million for one person is just crazy.
And that is not what happened.
As we know now, 8 people won. After dividing the jackpot and after taxes, each will get $15.5 million, a far cry from one person winning $365 million (which would have been $177 million after taxes).
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Like I said: that doesn't matter.

I don't know exactly how this lottery works. You could just draw 365 numbers and the people who got those numbers get a million each.

Where did you get that kind of system? What if 365 numbers are drawn and only one person wins? Then were back to one person winning $365 million!
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