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Powerball is coming to California

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    According to the press release, Powerball is coming to California.

    Whoopie. Another way to lose money. I think I'll pursue Life's Winning Lottery Ticket.

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  2. Stuart Sweet

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    Awesome! Another reason not to go into 7-11!
     
  3. Davenlr

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    It will be just like Arkansas. You will have to stand in line to pay for gas, or your coke or whatever you want in a hurry, while some idiot tries to decide which ticket to buy...oh yea, then another ticket, oh, you have to pay with cash? Wait, I have some change in my pocket....

    I totally avoid any store selling lotto tickets now when I go to get gas.
     
  4. kikkenit2

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    i haven't walked into a store to pay for gas about 15 years. atm machine built right in.
     
  5. dpeters11

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    I've only seen longer lines when the jackpots get really large, like last night. Though around here, it tended to be stations near the borders. Now that Ohio and Kentucky do both Powerball and Mega Millions, it seems that has dropped back.

    But I always use pay at the pump as well.
     
  6. scooper

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    I use Pay at the pump as much as possible too. However, since I usually drive a Diesel VW - - it's not always possible....
     
  7. Nick

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    Just 'pay at the pump', or don't youse guys have that in Ark?
     
  8. Davenlr

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    Yep, we do, but they charge 3 to 10 cents per gallon more to use a credit or debit card. A few stations dont do that, those are the ones I usually shop at. When I stop for gas tho, I usually go in for a coke, or to get something else...so those lotto people tying up the registers can get annoying.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    Yikes, glad no one around here does that.
     
  10. SamC

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    Random lottery thoughts:

    Never understood why every lottery state, except California had Powerball, and every one but Florida had Mega-Millions. Makes no sense.

    I dispise to go into a c-store and stand behind some guy playing scratchoffs and asking "did I win". If you cannot read, you do not need to be gambling. I use pay at the pump 100% of the time.

    The Sheetz chain has self-service only for lottery. Out of a touch screen vending machine. Clears up the counter for people buying usefull items. Great.

    Nevada has no lottery. If you go to Primm, on the Calif. border, it is nothing more than a strip mall, some low rent casinos (in Nevada) and a single HUGE lottery retailer just inside California. With the ability to gamble on everything else, Las Vegans still drive 20 miles to play the lottery.

    Hawaiians are big gamblers. Love LV. Yet Hawaii has no lottery.

    I lived within a mile of Jack Whittaker. If you win the lottery, make them show you in writing where you have to do a press conference with the big cardboard check. If they cannot, don't do it. Quietly put the money in a series of banks and move to a place where even outrageous wealth is not out-of-place.
     
  11. dpeters11

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    I would definitely put it in a trust. All states should allow that, but I know there are states that do not.
     
  12. AntAltMike

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    I'd be tempted to split it with a couple of relatives I trust, saying that we had an agreement to split any big pot. I'm told that state lotteries and the IRS will generally honor such an informal pre-agreement. That way, if anyone ever successfully sues you for all you're worth, there will still be big money available to you for the rest of your life.
     
  13. 4HiMarks

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    I think we should take the Canadian skill test requirement a step further and require a math test to know if you won. Gear the difficulty of the test to the size of the prize. For $10, you might just need to factor a quadratic equation. For $100, you need to know the quadratic formula, etc.

    Then we'd stop hearing "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" from algebra students.
     
  14. AntAltMike

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    Minus B, plus or minus the square root of the quantity of B squared minus 4AC, all over 2A. Done from memory. Now to search out the quadratic formula and see how I did. I think the last time I used it was when I took my Math CLEP test in 1979.
     
  15. AntAltMike

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    I actually first remembered the letters to be lower case and should have kept them like that, because variables are denoted by upper case letters, whereas coefficients are lower case.
     
  16. 4HiMarks

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    Variables are generally letters from the end of the alphabet, constants (coefficients) from the beginning, or Greek letters.
     
  17. AntAltMike

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    I guess I'm senile after all. I took a college physics course after being out of school for half a dozen years and went in the wrong direction on a polar graph. I remember when the professor was announcing the test results in a large lecture hall and he said, "There was even one paper that called the answer 270 degrees instead of 90, but his vector was pointing the right way, so I gave him credit for it"
     
  18. trdrjeff

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    Woohoo! 3 Lotteries in the state now, yet another way to tax the poor in the state and claim it's for the children.
     
  19. Laxguy

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    Wouldn't that be a tax on the ignorant?
     

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