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Have you or will you buy tickets for tonight's Powerball drawing (currently estimated at $475 million for the jackpot)? What's the first thing you'd do if you checked your numbers and saw that you'd hit "the big one"?

Answers (8)

  • No, I don't plan to buy it, since it is bullshit. If I did? I'd try to get things I wasn't able to get started happening, and then spend the rest hittig the Nevada brothels and getting laid as much as I can. Hey, I love those places. After that, maybe have a trust fund for my niece.
  • Yes, I have bought Powerball tickets in the past. I bought one for tonight's drawing too. If I'd found I'd won all or part of the jackpot I'd probably recheck the winning numbers over and over to be sure. Or maybe have a heart attack.
  • I did not even know there was a powerball lottery this evening. I only play the lottery once in awhile, I am not a big gambler in that way. Games and wagers is how I like take a gamble, where I feel I have some control of my my fate.
  • I don't typically buy lottery tickets. I figure, in practical terms, the odds of me buying a ticket and it winning, and the odds of a winning ticket accidentally blowing into my window without me buying it, are functionally identical.
  • Buy my parents a house on a beach, pay for my siblings college studies, travel the world, and learn how to make films.
  • I don't play the Lottery over here... I stopped when I found out that they raised the ticket prices, but lowered the punter's opportunity to win... That's just taking advantage! If I had money burning a hole in my pocket and I was passing a newsagents, then maybe... but forget about the idea of playing every week, I'm not a slave to that kind of racket! My family still play though, as far as I know - so hopefully they'd cut me in... Haha. :-) I wouldn't do anything special, I don't think - just enjoy partying even more than I already do, and spoil the people I love...
  • You just reminded me to go out and purchase a ticket, so thanks.

    I keep a list, actually, of things I would do if lots of money abruptly came my way. A scholarship fund at Pima College and / or Northern Arizona University for men going into nursing, with preference to veterans. A library of sustainable technologies and the skills required to use them. A multi-discipline school of the sword. College funds for the red-headed cousins and their little brother.

    But I think the import of this question is, what's the impulse thing, the "Woo, I have money!" thing that I'd do? The nature of the word "impulse" suggests that I don't know, and it could very well end up being hookers and blow... but knowing me, it would probably be an Indian Scout motorcycle, or something equally on the edge of practicality.

  • I'm not planning on buying a ticket. I've never bought one before. If I were to buy a ticket and learned my ticket were the winning one, I might try to lay down somewhere and collect myself, as my heart would likely be racing.