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(KCCI Des Moines)   Iowa man wins $1 million in Powerball by playing the same numbers every week .... for 20 years   (kcci.com) divider line 77
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NFA [TotalFark]
2014-02-18 07:10:57 PM
Hmmmm, didn't Powerball start in January of 2009???
 
2014-02-18 07:16:11 PM

NFA: Hmmmm, didn't Powerball start in January of 2009???


A lot of state lotteries have been absorbed in to it over the years. Probably been playing the Iowa lotto for that long.
 
2014-02-18 07:24:55 PM
That's the thing about playing specific numbers. If you start doing it, you can't ever stop. Unless you win of course, then you can probably stop.
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2014-02-18 07:28:04 PM

exick: That's the thing about playing specific numbers. If you start doing it, you can't ever stop. Unless you win of course, then you can probably stop.


There are people who have won the lottery as many as three times....
 
2014-02-18 07:40:18 PM

exick: That's the thing about playing specific numbers. If you start doing it, you can't ever stop. Unless you win of course, then you can probably stop.


Yea that's the main reason why I always go with quick pick if I'm buying a lotto ticket (only if it's $200 million or up).

With my luck, the one time I don't get a ticket will be when my supposedly lucky numbers show up.
 
2014-02-18 07:41:14 PM

NFA: Hmmmm, didn't Powerball start in January of 2009???


Can't have been that late.  I specifically remember people going to neighboring West Virginia in the late 90s to get tickets, before Pennsylvania sold them.  I'm almost certain it was branded Powerball then.
 
2014-02-18 07:42:49 PM
$2000 to win $1000000 before taxes isn't all that bad... 0.2% loss?
 
2014-02-18 08:06:47 PM
Eh, it's what I do.  One dollar per drawing playing the same number, using the bubble sheet so I can play a month at a time.  You can't win if you don't play, it's a fun diversion and I'm not spending any more than I do on my lunchtime piece of fruit.

By playing the same numbers it's easier to check if I've won.
 
2014-02-18 08:09:17 PM
I guess perserverance finally pays off. I'm hoping my constant weekly letters to Scarlett Johannsen for a beej also pay off one day.
 
2014-02-18 08:10:17 PM
Yeah, as long as you win it doesn't matter how long you've been losing.
 
2014-02-18 08:10:31 PM

FriarReb98: $2000 to win $1000000 before taxes isn't all that bad... 0.2% loss?


Waiting for the people that b*tch bout the taxes being taken out of his windfall....
 
2014-02-18 08:11:56 PM

NFA: Hmmmm, didn't Powerball start in January of 2009???


Powerball has been around since 1992 (1988 under a different name), according to Wikipedia.
 
2014-02-18 08:12:37 PM
I do too.

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2014-02-18 08:13:02 PM
I assume you know that statistically speaking, this is meaningless?

Although he can pay for some Obsessive Compulsive therapy now at least.
 
2014-02-18 08:14:02 PM

Carn: I do too.

1 2 3 4 5


That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
 
2014-02-18 08:18:32 PM

FDR Jones: Yeah, as long as you win it doesn't matter how long you've been losing.


The secret is to plow all your winnings back into the very next drawing.
 
2014-02-18 08:19:16 PM

Carn: I do too.

1 2 3 4 5


I'm playing 2 3 4 5 6, that way when I win, I know who I can laugh at when they are off by 1 lousy number.
 
2014-02-18 08:19:36 PM
Half the cops in New York play their badges.

/6991 FTW
 
2014-02-18 08:19:50 PM
My dad bought a ticket every day until he retired. So he started buying tickets once a month. 30 of them. Six month later... he died.
 
2014-02-18 08:22:09 PM
I just don't the appeal of this type of gambling. What do you get out of it if you lose? At least with poker you have a good time (and a, say, $50 buy in is what you'd spend going out and 'doing something.')
 
2014-02-18 08:22:36 PM

harleyquinnical: Half the cops in New York play their badges.

/6991 FTW


Turk 182!
 
2014-02-18 08:23:58 PM

Shadyman: Carn: I do too.

1 2 3 4 5

That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!


or password
 
2014-02-18 08:24:06 PM
Winning is dumb. Suffer in poverty like the rest of us, weirdo.
 
2014-02-18 08:24:33 PM
Someone less lazy than I should calculate what a dollar a day plus compound interest adds up to after 20 years.
 
2014-02-18 08:26:10 PM
harleyquinnical: /6991 FTW

*shoots harleyquinnical in and elevator*
 
2014-02-18 08:26:43 PM

BeerBear: Shadyman: Carn: I do too.

1 2 3 4 5

That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!

or password


Great, now I gotta change everything.
 
2014-02-18 08:31:41 PM

NFA: exick: That's the thing about playing specific numbers. If you start doing it, you can't ever stop. Unless you win of course, then you can probably stop.

There are people who have won the lottery as many as three times....


Back in the day one of my art professors won the MA lottery twice. A million, then several hundred thousand IIRC. They then told him that he wasn't allowed to play the MA lotterey again ever.
 
2014-02-18 08:33:35 PM

miniflea: Someone less lazy than I should calculate what a dollar a day plus compound interest adds up to after 20 years.


It's $2 a week actually.  @2080 for 20 years less whatever interest you want to compound in there
 
2014-02-18 08:34:23 PM

miniflea: Someone less lazy than I should calculate what a dollar a day plus compound interest adds up to after 20 years.


https://investor.gov/tools/calculators/compound-interest-calculator# .U wQI6c7wrHk

Assuming a way too generous 8% per year, adding in per month $8.60 because the draw is twice a week, also keeping the math simple at $1 a draw, starting from zero, compounding weekly, would net $5091.56.

Yeah, he's really out of all that potential interest because he's no math genius.
 
2014-02-18 08:35:56 PM

clowncar on fire: miniflea: Someone less lazy than I should calculate what a dollar a day plus compound interest adds up to after 20 years.

It's $2 a week actually.  @2080 for 20 years less whatever interest you want to compound in there


Only recently, like last few years recently.
 
2014-02-18 08:36:56 PM

AliceBToklasLives: I just don't the appeal of this type of gambling. What do you get out of it if you lose? At least with poker you have a good time (and a, say, $50 buy in is what you'd spend going out and 'doing something.')


I think that most people just like to dream about what they would do with the money if they won. They know that the changes are really, really slim, but that is enough for them to plunk down a few bucks and dream about hitting it big.

That being said, I love poker and completely agree with you on that.
 
2014-02-18 08:42:05 PM

upndn: BeerBear: Shadyman: Carn: I do too.

1 2 3 4 5

That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!

or password

Great, now I gotta change everything.


I love my security settings. I just type in my password and you see *******
 
2014-02-18 08:46:24 PM
<< Back in the day one of my art professors won the MA lottery twice. A million, then several hundred thousand IIRC. They then told him that he wasn't allowed to play the MA lotterey again ever. >>

Bull. Citation needed. It's not a privately owned casino.

I play five Lotto tickets every Saturday. I never win anything.
 
2014-02-18 08:54:46 PM
you know you've reached a certain hopeless stage of failure in life when the only light at the end of the tunnel is either death or hitting the powerball


/will buy a ticket tomorrow. no, i don't want the power play, i'm not that big of sucker.
 
2014-02-18 08:57:32 PM

ultraholland: harleyquinnical: /6991 FTW

*shoots harleyquinnical in and elevator*


Well...at least *coughs* somebody got it...*coughs* *dies*

/pancake syrup?
 
2014-02-18 08:57:42 PM
Your odds of winning are only slightly lower if you don't play at all.
 
2014-02-18 09:01:48 PM

Keys dude: << Back in the day one of my art professors won the MA lottery twice. A million, then several hundred thousand IIRC. They then told him that he wasn't allowed to play the MA lotterey again ever. >>

Bull. Citation needed. It's not a privately owned casino.

I play five Lotto tickets every Saturday. I never win anything.


http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid= 1298&dat=19810110&id=NOJLAAAAIBA J&sjid=yIsDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5671,1193107

Article about him winning twice. Nothing in there about him not being allowed to play again, but it would be cruel to deny me my precious memories.
 
2014-02-18 09:03:15 PM

TheOther: FDR Jones: Yeah, as long as you win it doesn't matter how long you've been losing.

The secret is to plow all your winnings back into the very next drawing.


You know what I would do if I had a million dollars? I would invest half of it in low risk mutual funds and then take the other half over to my friend Asadulah who works in securities...
 
2014-02-18 09:05:50 PM

NFA: Hmmmm, didn't Powerball start in January of 2009???


The Powerball brand name started in 1992 with DC, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  Its predecessor Lotto*America started in 1988 and Iowa was one of the original members of that.

Early 2010 was when most of the Powerball states got together with most of the Megamillions states and offered both games.  2009 was when Fark's favorite state started Powerball.
 
2014-02-18 09:06:33 PM

vudukungfu: My dad bought a ticket every day until he retired. So he started buying tickets once a month. 30 of them. Six month later... he died.


a little too ironic
 
2014-02-18 09:06:38 PM

exick: That's the thing about playing specific numbers. If you start doing it, you can't ever stop. Unless you win of course, then you can probably stop.


Yep, I know the odds so I don't really play, but if I did, I would never have number combo. If I quit and that number came up a week/month/year later, it would really eat me up.

Of course I wouldn't look to ever find out, but still.
 
2014-02-18 09:08:51 PM

medius: vudukungfu: My dad bought a ticket every day until he retired. So he started buying tickets once a month. 30 of them. Six month later... he died.

a little too ironic


Don'cha think?
 
2014-02-18 09:13:51 PM
What a moron! Sure, he wins a million bucks, but he spent  $2,080.00 to do it! With inflation, that's almost TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

More proof that the lottery is just a tax on stupid. And to add insult to injury, he only matched five of the six numbers. If dumbass here had just bought 44 other tickets with a different sixth number, he'd have been guaranteed another $399M. But I guess that concept was just too hard for him to wrap his little brain around.

Maybe next time you'll try math, LOSER!
 
2014-02-18 09:19:07 PM
Hey, at least it's an ethos..
 
2014-02-18 09:24:30 PM
So much misinformation here.

Ok, Powerball - assuming it's the same one he's been playing for 20 years - is $1 per drawing, and there are 2 drawings a week.

Recently - and I'm not going to look this up - they changed per-play to $2 dollars, still twice a week.  Let's stay they did this 2 years ago just to make the math simple..

So, for 18 years, he spent (2 x 52 weeks x 18 years) = X
for the last 2 years, he spent ( 4 x 52 x 2 years) = Y

So, X + Y
 
2014-02-18 09:35:16 PM

Earguy: Eh, it's what I do.  One dollar per drawing playing the same number, using the bubble sheet so I can play a month at a time.  You can't win if you don't play, it's a fun diversion and I'm not spending any more than I do on my lunchtime piece of fruit.

By playing the same numbers it's easier to check if I've won.


There's no vitamin C in a lottery ticket, you fool!
 
2014-02-18 09:37:41 PM
If you really did have lucky numbers you wouldn't be farking poor.
 
2014-02-18 09:40:09 PM
The best guide on what to do if you win: http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=749519
 
2014-02-18 09:45:05 PM

impaler: medius: vudukungfu: My dad bought a ticket every day until he retired. So he started buying tickets once a month. 30 of them. Six month later... he died.

a little too ironic

Don'cha think?


He died of cancer before it was cool.

My dad was the original hipster.

I still have his 45 RPMs and stuff.
 
2014-02-18 09:46:57 PM

Shadyman: Carn: I do too.

1 2 3 4 5

That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!


That's amazing!  I need some air...
 
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