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2013-05-16 06:44:01 PM
im' waiting for it to hit $1 billion
 
2013-05-16 07:08:20 PM
If you're saying there's a greater chance that there won't be a single winner, thus not winning $550M, then you're right.

If you're saying that there's less of a chance of winning at all, you're wrong.


/Yes, yes, your chances are the same as you don't pay the stupid tax blah blah blah...
 
2013-05-16 08:28:38 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: im' waiting for it to hit $1 billion


If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday.  Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.
 
2013-05-16 08:37:33 PM
Not gambling!

/retirement plan!
//I'm in for 10 bucks.... what the hell
 
2013-05-16 08:39:18 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not gambling!

/retirement plan!
//I'm in for 10 bucks.... what the hell


Exactly. I can afford to waste 10 bucks once a year when it gets this high.
 
2013-05-16 08:41:10 PM

wxboy: If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday. Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.


If I won that much, I'd make a public announcement that I'd donate half of it to the state, if the governor, both senators and every house rep agreed to resign and stay away from politics for 10 years.
 
2013-05-16 08:47:39 PM
I bought one, but in my defense I never buy more than one. My thinking is if I am meant to win I only need one ticket.
 
2013-05-16 08:50:43 PM

2xhelix: wxboy: If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday. Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.

If I won that much, I'd make a public announcement that I'd donate half of it to the state, if the governor, both senators and every house rep agreed to resign and stay away from politics for 10 years.


Just make sure you get it in legally binding docs, and payable in installments over the 10 years.
 
2013-05-16 08:54:27 PM
*lawrence.jpg*
 
2013-05-16 08:59:53 PM

naughtyrev: Just make sure you get it in legally binding docs, and payable in installments over the 10 years.


I'd make sure my lawyers make them sign in goat blood.  I'd also earmark some of money for projects that they're vehemently against.
 
2013-05-16 09:18:09 PM

2xhelix: naughtyrev: Just make sure you get it in legally binding docs, and payable in installments over the 10 years.

I'd make sure my lawyers make them sign in goat blood.  I'd also earmark some of money for projects that they're vehemently against.


Be careful when people start writing or signing contracts in goal fluids.  Trust me on this: goat semen just disappears when it dries.
 
2013-05-16 09:34:04 PM
I'm gonna buy Fark when I win and make some changes around here.
 
2013-05-16 10:19:50 PM
Your chances never change, subby. Never. What changes is your chance of being the sole winner.

This headline proves why the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.
 
2013-05-16 10:23:44 PM
I pay the stupid tax of 10 dollars every week.  I fully expect to be at the same level of disappointment after the next drawing.

But I gotta try....
 
2013-05-16 10:43:35 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I'm gonna buy Fark when I win and make some changes around here.


You're going to pay for our TF memberships? For life?
 
2013-05-16 11:14:23 PM
Actually your odds of winning don't change no matter how many people play. Your odds of having to split the prize do increase however.
 
2013-05-16 11:15:48 PM
Remember, folks, you have  50-50 chance of winning this Powerball!  That is, of course, only if you buy a ticket.
 
2013-05-16 11:20:51 PM
Given the odds against winning, it's stupid to go out and dump all your money into a shiatload of tickets.  If you are going to play, buy a single ticket.  Don't try to increase your chances with more tickets because it doesn't make a significant difference.  You're shooting for the statistical outlier, aka, a farking miracle.

I want to win just so I can answer that question the reporter always asks.  "What are you going to do with the money?"  The answer, "buy my very own senator."

"And lots of hookers and blow."

/bought one ticket
//I don't expect to win a damn thing
 
2013-05-16 11:21:53 PM
The lottery is for suckers. So this week you can call me Senor Sucker.
 
2013-05-16 11:22:09 PM
i176.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-16 11:23:12 PM

2xhelix: wxboy: If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday. Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.

If I won that much, I'd make a public announcement that I'd donate half of it to the state, if the governor, both senators and every house rep agreed to resign and stay away from politics for 10 years.


The state will take half regardless.
 
2013-05-16 11:24:07 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Your chances never change, subby. Never. What changes is your chance of being the sole winner.


Which is exactly what the headline states.  Reading comprehension:.it only works if you know how to use it.
 
2013-05-16 11:24:09 PM

Ambivalence: I bought one, but in my defense I never buy more than one. My thinking is if I am meant to win I only need one ticket.


I'm not sure whether i agree with you or not. I can see it both ways. On one hand you limit the amount of money you spend but on the other hand you also limit the amount of chances you have to win. There is no decisive answer. It is just so hard to choose!
 
2013-05-16 11:27:50 PM

eraser8: Trust me on this: goat semen just disappears when it dries.


Please don't explain how you know this.
 
2013-05-16 11:30:11 PM
I just bought ~175,000,000 tickets. I boxed the board on the lottery.

So, if I am the sole winner, I make tons of profit. And if I have 3-way split, I lose money.

Ahhhh, it's almost like the old days of arbitrage.
 
2013-05-16 11:30:15 PM

naughtyrev: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not gambling!

/retirement plan!
//I'm in for 10 bucks.... what the hell

Exactly. I can afford to waste 10 bucks once a year when it gets this high.


I think about it the same way I think about going through twenty bucks on nickel slots at the casino:  it's entertainment, no more, no less.  I don't figure I'll win the mortgage, but if it happens, cool.
 
2013-05-16 11:30:36 PM
It would be nice to win.

It is weird that some of the more immediate plans I have on winning that involve giving some of the money to someone else (helping someone who runs a local camp get her own campground and a few years of operating costs, for instance, because they are FREAKING AMAZING and would do an amazing job. I'd see it as more of an investment than anything else...)
 
2013-05-16 11:31:39 PM
I'm going to buy 2.  And if I win, I'm going to buy a crap load of stock in my former company and get the asshats that fired me 2 weeks ago fired.  I wanna see their lives in as much turmoil as mine.

No...I did nothing wrong to get fired either.
 
2013-05-16 11:31:43 PM

2xhelix: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Your chances never change, subby. Never. What changes is your chance of being the sole winner.

Which is exactly what the headline states.  Reading comprehension:.it only works if you know how to use it.


No, you now stand exactly the same chance of not winning as you did before, which is NOT what the headline states. You're bad at reading AND math, I dread to see how bad your writing is.
 
2013-05-16 11:33:28 PM

lenfromak: 2xhelix: wxboy: If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday. Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.

If I won that much, I'd make a public announcement that I'd donate half of it to the state, if the governor, both senators and every house rep agreed to resign and stay away from politics for 10 years.

The state will take half regardless.


Where is it, Ontario where provincial Lotto winnings are tax-free?  That's a pretty decent model as far as I'm concerned.  Since the state is already keeping a known percentage of the betting pool ("for education/kids/senior/lame iguanas"), why do they also get to grab some of MY part if I win?  Far as I can tell, they already got their cut up front from everybody.
 
2013-05-16 11:33:31 PM
My real plan if I win:

Buy a rock-star travel bus and have it completely decked out.  Then I'll travel the country looking for good bbq joints and keep a blog of my travels.
 
2013-05-16 11:36:19 PM
How about we just call it a wash and drop it all into a sinkhole? ...no?
 
2013-05-16 11:36:45 PM

Gecko Gingrich: If you're saying there's a greater chance that there won't be a single winner, thus not winning $550M, then you're right.

If you're saying that there's less of a chance of winning at all, you're wrong.


/Yes, yes, your chances are the same as you don't pay the stupid tax blah blah blah...


This.
 
2013-05-16 11:38:06 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Actually your odds of winning don't change no matter how many people play. Your odds of having to split the prize do increase however.


Which is why you should play Mega-Millions this week and not Powerball. $190 Million less chance of splitting the Jackpot.

/Pass the billboard with the amounts everyday. I will waste $5.00 tomorrow 2 Powerball and 1 Mega-Millions.
 
2013-05-16 11:38:22 PM
If I win, I'll buy TotalFark for life.

/probably not going to win
 
2013-05-16 11:40:08 PM
dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2013-05-16 11:44:12 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: 2xhelix: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Your chances never change, subby. Never. What changes is your chance of being the sole winner.

Which is exactly what the headline states.  Reading comprehension:.it only works if you know how to use it.

No, you now stand exactly the same chance of not winning as you did before, which is NOT what the headline states. You're bad at reading AND math, I dread to see how bad your writing is.


The headline says you now have a greater chance of not winning a specific amount. It does not say you have a greater chance of not winning at all.

Headline is still wrong though. Since I have a very small chance of winning 550 million dollars Saturday, my odds of winning 550 million dollars are much higher than back when it was estimated to be 475 million.
 
2013-05-16 11:45:52 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: 2xhelix: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Your chances never change, subby. Never. What changes is your chance of being the sole winner.

Which is exactly what the headline states.  Reading comprehension:.it only works if you know how to use it.

No, you now stand exactly the same chance of not winning as you did before, which is NOT what the headline states. You're bad at reading AND math, I dread to see how bad your writing is.


Assuming the jackpot ends up being $550mm the odds of winning it are lower than winning the last jackpot prize unless you didn't play either time.
 
2013-05-16 11:50:48 PM
I've spent more on this go around than I have in the past 5 years.  A whole whopping $22.
 
2013-05-16 11:58:25 PM
My luck with these types of things really sucks. If I bet on a coin flip, and bet on both heads and tails, the coin would land and stand up on its edge just to spite me.

/yes, I bought one ticket anyway
//each of the winning numbers will probably be just one higher from the numbers I have
 
2013-05-16 11:59:09 PM
The odds of you choosing the correct combination of numbered balls do not decrease when more tickets are sold.
 
2013-05-17 12:01:26 AM
i306.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-17 12:02:51 AM

Kenny B: [i306.photobucket.com image 480x441]


That's why I bought a bunch of whiskey, vodak and barley wine along with my lottery tickets
 
2013-05-17 12:05:32 AM
If I win I'll buy some overpriced piece of machinery that I will kill myself using within a month. Plus hookers and blow.
 
2013-05-17 12:08:36 AM
If I win, I'll donate half of it to the IRS.
 
2013-05-17 12:16:59 AM
I dropped $20.  I enjoy the day dreaming.  This brings my lifetime lottery spending up to a whopping $40.  Last time was when that one got up over $300M about a year ago.

It's getting to the point where I'd be seriously tempted to take the annuity instead of the lump sum...

/With that much money, I prefer a safe investment.
 
2013-05-17 12:19:38 AM
Meh, I'll probably buy a couple of tickets.

Because the 360 million pot on Wednesday wasn't enough.
 
2013-05-17 12:22:52 AM
Only in America.
 
2013-05-17 12:23:17 AM

Lsherm: I pay the stupid tax of 10 dollars every week.  I fully expect to be at the same level of disappointment after the next drawing.

But I gotta try....


Why?
 
2013-05-17 12:23:50 AM
Another farker posted this in a recent lottery thread.  I'd give credit, but I couldn't find the post:

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=749519

Interesting read.
 
2013-05-17 12:38:46 AM

Honest Bender: Another farker posted this in a recent lottery thread.  I'd give credit, but I couldn't find the post:

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=749519

Interesting read.


I'll take my chances.
 
2013-05-17 12:39:49 AM
If I won I would give most of it to charity. Cut down on the freeloaders who want handouts, and what do you really need that much money for? Maybe consider putting out a hit on our last president-Dick Cheney. And a boss GTO. Always wanted a GTO. But seriously i would enjoy using the money to improve life for underprivileged folks.
What the f*ck, its only two bucks to dream.
 
2013-05-17 12:49:01 AM
I enjoy blowing 5 bucks when it gets this high.  It's a day or 2 of dreaming "what if" as I trund along to work.  And in the big picture, a 5 dollar tickets got nothing on my smoking or oxy habits anyway.

/If I win, I walk into the secretary's office, plop down 5 million in cash, and tell her I get her for 4 hours, and I get to do *anything* to her.  True story.
//Wife's ok with it, she'd be rich anyway.
 
2013-05-17 12:49:33 AM
Let's see . . . 550M jackpot, single winner . . .

Figure single payment would be about 350M, taxes would be 160M, so I'd net about 190M . . .


My goals and my measurement of success would be simple . . . any day I didn't appear in Fark headline would be a failure.


/ and death by snu snu
 
2013-05-17 12:57:47 AM
www.the-reel-mccoy.com
1100 chicks at the same time!
 
2013-05-17 12:59:14 AM
People that win that much money dont know how to handle it. They blow it all in a few years.
 
2013-05-17 01:04:46 AM

maxx2112: Let's see . . . 550M jackpot, single winner . . .

Figure single payment would be about 350M, taxes would be 160M, so I'd net about 190M . . .


My goals and my measurement of success would be simple . . . any day I didn't appear in Fark headline would be a failure.


/ and death by snu snu


Yep, we do mock those lottery winners and their odd behaviors.
 
2013-05-17 01:14:59 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Your chances never change, subby. Never. What changes is your chance of being the sole winner.

This headline proves why the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.


No matter how good at math you are, you just failed.
 
2013-05-17 01:16:04 AM

KStDrew: If I win, I'll donate half of it to the IRS.


That will leave you with nothing after they take the half you owe.
 
2013-05-17 01:20:29 AM

Felgraf: It is weird


Yup
 
2013-05-17 01:21:06 AM
That's so much cash, hell even I would be attractive to women.
You would be so rich nobody would ever mention the thinning hair, the dental issues and halitosis, the coke bottle glasses, the zits, my ears and bulbous nose.  I'd never have to hear that I "walk funny" again.
I could eat red beans and rice three times a day and NOBODY would complain about the air quality.
I could wear plaids AND stripes at the same time and everyone would complement me on my wardrobe selections.
I could afford to put an addition on to the double wide.
I could finally find a Speedo that fits.

I would have all the friends money could buy.
 
2013-05-17 01:25:24 AM

Honest Bender: Another farker posted this in a recent lottery thread.  I'd give credit, but I couldn't find the post:

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=749519

Interesting read.


Same for movie stars and athletes.  It's not easy going from poor to rich so suddenly when you have limited financial education and your poor friends and family start begging for money and all the hucksters and scammers crawl out the woodwork.
 
2013-05-17 01:26:10 AM
If I win I'll change my name right before claiming it, then change it back not long after.  The last thing I need is someone who was third to the right of me in my kindergarten school picture emailing me to say they've got a great investment they want to tell me about.

Yeah, word would get out.  But by the time it filters down the line I'll have gotten out, too.

/already have some nice charities lined up, thanks
 
2013-05-17 01:46:48 AM

naughtyrev: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Not gambling!

/retirement plan!
//I'm in for 10 bucks.... what the hell

Exactly. I can afford to waste 10 bucks once a year when it gets this high.


Same. I'm gonna blow $10 on this just to piss off subby.
 
2013-05-17 01:56:06 AM
Aside from the standard pay off debt, take trips, give to charity stuff, I'd go for a few cheap and simple thrills too. Imagine the look on a 10 year old Girl Scouts face if I bought a box of thin mints from her, handed her a $100 bill, and then told her to keep the change.

/or maybe take care of all/most requests on the Silent Santa tree at the local shelter
 
2013-05-17 02:09:45 AM

DigitalCoffee: Imagine the look on a 10 year old Girl Scouts face if I bought a box of thin mints from her, handed her a $100 bill, and then told her to keep the change.


I don't get it. What change?  Is that the joke?
 
2013-05-17 02:11:03 AM

Marcintosh: That's so much cash, hell even I would be attractive to women.
You would be so rich nobody would ever mention the thinning hair, the dental issues and halitosis, the coke bottle glasses, the zits, my ears and bulbous nose.  I'd never have to hear that I "walk funny" again.
I could eat red beans and rice three times a day and NOBODY would complain about the air quality.
I could wear plaids AND stripes at the same time and everyone would complement me on my wardrobe selections.
I could afford to put an addition on to the double wide.
I could finally find a Speedo that fits.

I would have all the friends money could buy.


But since you haven't won yet, you have instead just disgusted us all.
 
2013-05-17 02:12:37 AM

Honest Bender: DigitalCoffee: Imagine the look on a 10 year old Girl Scouts face if I bought a box of thin mints from her, handed her a $100 bill, and then told her to keep the change.

I don't get it. What change?  Is that the joke?


It's a girl scout, not a prostitute...
 
2013-05-17 02:25:02 AM

2xhelix: wxboy: If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday. Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.

If I won that much, I'd make a public announcement that I'd donate half of it to the state, if the governor, both senators and every house rep agreed to resign and stay away from politics for 10 years.


What the hell are you, boy, some kinda terrorist?
 
2013-05-17 02:27:23 AM

eraser8: 2xhelix: naughtyrev: Just make sure you get it in legally binding docs, and payable in installments over the 10 years.

I'd make sure my lawyers make them sign in goat blood.  I'd also earmark some of money for projects that they're vehemently against.

Be careful when people start writing or signing contracts in goal fluids.  Trust me on this: goat semen just disappears when it dries.


That is fascinating, HOW you KNOW that should be even more... fascinating. Go on.
 
2013-05-17 02:35:44 AM
I could buy NYC. Politically that is.
 
2013-05-17 03:40:51 AM
When I win the lottery I'm going to use all the money for drugs and divorces.
 
2013-05-17 05:02:21 AM
Aside from the obvious lifestyle changes I'd create a bunch of superPACs and buy every city council seat I could.  Make it so the mayor couldn't install a parking meter w/o kissing my hairy ass first.
 
2013-05-17 05:35:17 AM
I'd buy my own semi & start doing charity hauls for disaster victemsand Habitat For Humanity.
 
2013-05-17 05:53:46 AM

Sudlow: If I win I'll buy some overpriced piece of machinery that I will kill myself using within a month. Plus hookers and blow.


So long as you don't waste it.
 
2013-05-17 06:11:53 AM

K.B.O. Winston: If I win I'll change my name right before claiming it, then change it back not long after.  The last thing I need is someone who was third to the right of me in my kindergarten school picture emailing me to say they've got a great investment they want to tell me about.

Yeah, word would get out.  But by the time it filters down the line I'll have gotten out, too.

/already have some nice charities lined up, thanks


Um, not sure the name change BEFORE you claim is a good idea...
 
2013-05-17 06:13:09 AM

Ambivalence: I bought one, but in my defense I never buy more than one. My thinking is if I am meant to win I only need one ticket.


Um...yeah.

// Luck is probability taken personally.
/// so is that "meant to be" crap.
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2013-05-17 06:50:33 AM

Honest Bender: Another farker posted this in a recent lottery thread.  I'd give credit, but I couldn't find the post:

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=749519

Interesting read.


That post is FOS.  He says to take the lump because the annuity only pays something like 4.5%.  Then goes on to talk about investing a small portion in US Treasury or Swiss Treasury for 3 - 3.5%.  He goes on to talk about all the safeguards you need to set up to limit your spending, all the while still denouncing the annuity?  If he really was a lawyer in '08, he was a horrible one.
 
2013-05-17 07:08:54 AM
I'd like somebody win it, then burn it all on national television, like the Joker.
 
2013-05-17 07:14:17 AM

YouSirAreAMaroon: Adolf Oliver Nipples: 2xhelix: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Your chances never change, subby. Never. What changes is your chance of being the sole winner.

Which is exactly what the headline states.  Reading comprehension:.it only works if you know how to use it.

No, you now stand exactly the same chance of not winning as you did before, which is NOT what the headline states. You're bad at reading AND math, I dread to see how bad your writing is.

Assuming the jackpot ends up being $550mm the odds of winning it are lower than winning the last jackpot prize unless you didn't play either time.


No, they are the same no matter how many people play.
 
2013-05-17 07:56:59 AM
If I won, my new job would be to fly my private jet to a new city each day and have lunch.
 
2013-05-17 08:22:53 AM

TheTurtle: lenfromak: 2xhelix: wxboy: If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday. Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.

If I won that much, I'd make a public announcement that I'd donate half of it to the state, if the governor, both senators and every house rep agreed to resign and stay away from politics for 10 years.

The state will take half regardless.

Where is it, Ontario where provincial Lotto winnings are tax-free?  That's a pretty decent model as far as I'm concerned.  Since the state is already keeping a known percentage of the betting pool ("for education/kids/senior/lame iguanas"), why do they also get to grab some of MY part if I win?  Far as I can tell, they already got their cut up front from everybody.


Here in the US lottery winnings are taxable, so your state and federal combined income taxes will be about 40% or so.
 
2013-05-17 08:26:03 AM
Just sayin', but if the winner goes on TV and announces that he is gonna sponsor the first thousand farkers who post in a thread he will create (if it goes green), y'all come lookin' for me.

Hell, I might even sponsor myself!
 
2013-05-17 08:33:38 AM
Good luck finding me if I hit on this one. I'll be hiding behind 7 proxies.
 
2013-05-17 08:41:38 AM
Dropping $5 in the office pool is just an insurance payment that says if the tickets they buy hit, I'm not stuck here with all the work when they all quit.
 
2013-05-17 08:52:44 AM
I eat filet mignon seven times a day
My bathtub's filled with Perrier
What can I say
This is the life

I buy a dozen cars when I'm in the mood
I hire somebody to chew my food
I'm an upwardly mobile dude
This is the life

They say that money corrupts you
But I can't really tell
I got the whole world at my feet
And I think it's pretty swell

I got women lined up outside my door
They've been waitin' there since the week before
Who could ask for more
This is the life

You're dead for a real long time
You just can't prevent it
So if money can't buy happiness
I guess I'll have to rent it

Yeah, every day I make the front page news
No time to pay my dues
I got a million pairs of shoes
This is the life

I got a solid gold Cadillac
I make a fortune while I sleep
You can tell I'm a living legend
Not some ordinary creep

No way, I'm the boss, the big cheese
Yeah, I got this town on its knobby little knees
And I can do just what I please
This is the life

That's right, I'm the king, number one
I buy monographed Kleenex by the ton
I pay the bills, I call the shots
I grease the palms, I buy the yachts

One thing I can guarantee
The best things in life, they sure ain't free
It's such a thrill just to be me
This is the life
Waah, this is the life
 
2013-05-17 10:05:35 AM

2xhelix: wxboy: If through some shocking twist nobody hits it on Saturday, it will almost certainly go over $1b for Wednesday. Heck, it could easily make it to $750m before Saturday.

If I won that much, I'd make a public announcement that I'd donate half of it to the state, if the governor, both senators and every house rep agreed to resign and stay away from politics for 10 years.


You're assuming politicians care about the state more than themselves.
 
2013-05-17 11:20:19 AM
If I win I am buying a catapult, sever truck loads of small boulders, and a bunch of old sailboats.  Then I am inviting my friends over for a day of BBQ and Bombardment.
 
2013-05-17 12:22:21 PM
Is it possible to win the lottery without more than a few people finding out? I'm just curious, could a ticket winner draw up some kind of deal with a lawyer and a willing 3rd party to have the 3rd party presented as the ticket holder (for a sizeable share of course).

I've seen the documentaries and read the stories about the majority of past winners whose lives became hell after winning because of the jealousy and greed of their friends, families, and even strangers.

It just seems to me, that if you suddenly had that kind of wealth, the very first thing you would want to buy would be your anonymity (if it's at all possible).
 
2013-05-17 12:38:38 PM

Keeve: Is it possible to win the lottery without more than a few people finding out? I'm just curious, could a ticket winner draw up some kind of deal with a lawyer and a willing 3rd party to have the 3rd party presented as the ticket holder (for a sizeable share of course).

I've seen the documentaries and read the stories about the majority of past winners whose lives became hell after winning because of the jealousy and greed of their friends, families, and even strangers.

It just seems to me, that if you suddenly had that kind of wealth, the very first thing you would want to buy would be your anonymity (if it's at all possible).


There would be taxes on the initial claim by the 3rd party, and then probably taxes again on the transfer to you.  You could end up with 30% of the jackpot instead of 60%, even before considering the cut the 3rd party keeps.  I guess it depends on just how much you value your anonymity.
 
2013-05-17 01:01:33 PM

Keeve: Is it possible to win the lottery without more than a few people finding out? I'm just curious, could a ticket winner draw up some kind of deal with a lawyer and a willing 3rd party to have the 3rd party presented as the ticket holder (for a sizeable share of course).

I've seen the documentaries and read the stories about the majority of past winners whose lives became hell after winning because of the jealousy and greed of their friends, families, and even strangers.

It just seems to me, that if you suddenly had that kind of wealth, the very first thing you would want to buy would be your anonymity (if it's at all possible).


In Kansas, Maryland, Delaware, Michigan, North Dakota and Ohio you can remain anonymous, at least as far as it pertains to the state giving your identity away. Every other state makes winners a matter of public record.
 
2013-05-17 01:20:56 PM
Your odds of winning $550 million in Saturday's powerball drawing are going to be exactly zero.

Even if the jackpot reaches $550 million and you're the only winner. The prize is not $550 million, the 'jackpot' is. The prize is generally something like 60% of the jackpot. But lottery players/morans don't give much weight to $200 million here or there. It's practically the same, just like lottery tickets are practically the same as slot machines and poker.
 
2013-05-17 01:30:53 PM

OccamsWhiskers: Your odds of winning $550 million in Saturday's powerball drawing are going to be exactly zero.

Even if the jackpot reaches $550 million and you're the only winner. The prize is not $550 million, the 'jackpot' is. The prize is generally something like 60% of the jackpot. But lottery players/morans don't give much weight to $200 million here or there. It's practically the same, just like lottery tickets are practically the same as slot machines and poker.


The jackpot is what you'd receive on the 30-year annuity.  The 60% you mention is the cash option if you want your full prize now (and is what the lottery would have to set aside and invest to cover the annuity).

Taxes notwithstanding, of course.
 
2013-05-17 01:43:36 PM
If I win, I'm going to fly to space.

/and I don't mean I'm going to do any acid
 
2013-05-17 01:44:54 PM
Also, I will donate $5,000,000 to my piece of shiat engineering department so they can upgrade the CAD computers, buy new equipment, hire some good professors, and name the entire farking floor after me.  Then I will publicly shame them for being so shiatty in the past.
 
2013-05-17 02:16:36 PM

Honest Bender: I dropped $20.  I enjoy the day dreaming.  This brings my lifetime lottery spending up to a whopping $40.  Last time was when that one got up over $300M about a year ago.

It's getting to the point where I'd be seriously tempted to take the annuity instead of the lump sum...

/With that much money, I prefer a safe investment.


I agree with you on enjoying  the dream.  I play a ticket anytime either powerball or mega millions gets over 100 million and spend the whole time dreaming of what I could do.

I always cheer for no one else to win so I can buy another ticket and dream again for a few days
 
2013-05-17 04:18:57 PM

PunGent: K.B.O. Winston: If I win I'll change my name right before claiming it, then change it back not long after.  The last thing I need is someone who was third to the right of me in my kindergarten school picture emailing me to say they've got a great investment they want to tell me about.

Yeah, word would get out.  But by the time it filters down the line I'll have gotten out, too.

/already have some nice charities lined up, thanks

Um, not sure the name change BEFORE you claim is a good idea...


I think you missed the part about changing it back afterwards.  The point is they announce in their press release that the big winner is Farkle McTitswiggle and not K.B.O. Winston.  This might slow the deluge of people who hear the name and say say "Didn't you go to school with someone by that name?"

I don't know where you post from but in America you often have to let the lottery release and promote your name if you win as a hedge against people who say 'no one ever really wins, it's all just a scam.'

/a scam it may be
//but for other reasons, not for that
 
2013-05-17 04:31:16 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Marcintosh: That's so much cash, hell even I would be attractive to women.
You would be so rich nobody would ever mention the thinning hair, the dental issues and halitosis, the coke bottle glasses, the zits, my ears and bulbous nose.  I'd never have to hear that I "walk funny" again.
I could eat red beans and rice three times a day and NOBODY would complain about the air quality.
I could wear plaids AND stripes at the same time and everyone would complement me on my wardrobe selections.
I could afford to put an addition on to the double wide.
I could finally find a Speedo that fits.

I would have all the friends money could buy.

But since you haven't won yet, you have instead just disgusted us all.


BACK!, BACK I SAY!  GET THEE BACK TO THE COUNTRY CLUB WHENCE THOU CAME!  TAKE THY   PRIVILEGE AND NOBLESSE OBLIGEWITH THEE.

man, if that's all it takes don't ever chance it with the NAT GEO channel.
 
2013-05-17 07:42:18 PM
I want to see someone like a Bill Gates or Warren Buffet win just for the LOL
 
2013-05-17 09:14:51 PM

SuperNinjaToad: I want to see someone like a Bill Gates or Warren Buffet win just for the LOL


Actually, I do too.  They would do far more good with that money than the trailer trash that will most likely win.
 
2013-05-17 11:43:19 PM

tomerson: Lsherm: I pay the stupid tax of 10 dollars every week.  I fully expect to be at the same level of disappointment after the next drawing.

But I gotta try....

Why?


It's like believing in heaven.  The 10 bucks isn't that much, and I don't want to say I didn't try.  A hedged bet, as it were.  Very, very small chance of winning, but worth it because the reward is so great.
 
2013-05-18 02:00:58 AM

K.B.O. Winston: I think you missed the part about changing it back afterwards. The point is they announce in their press release that the big winner is Farkle McTitswiggle and not K.B.O. Winston. This might slow the deluge of people who hear the name and say say "Didn't you go to school with someone by that name?"


Legally changing your name is on the public record.  If someone was passingly motivated, they could look up the name changes without too much trouble.
 
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