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Powerball Ticket Worth $2 Million Sold in Lehigh County

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One Powerball® ticket worth $2 million was sold in Lehigh County for the Saturday, April 11, drawing. The ticket matched all five white balls drawn, 01-12-32-42-58, but not the red Powerball 12, to win a prize of $2 million,...

Posted on 13 April 2015

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Posted on 11 April 2015

Powerball Winning Numbers April 11: Do You Have The $80 Million Winning Ticket?

Do you have the winning Powerball numbers for April 11? If so, you will become the lottery’s newest mega-millionaire — Saturday night’s jackpot is worth a cool $80 million. The drawing takes place at 11 p.m. ET, so get your ticket ready. You’ll need to match all five numbers and the Powerball to win the Powerball Winning Numbers April 11: Do You Have The $80 Million Winning Ticket? is an article ...

Posted on 11 April 2015


The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 1-19-45-46-58

Posted on 9 April 2015

Powerball winning numbers drawn; Ohio Lottery results for Wednesday

The jackpot for the Rolling Cash 5 has reached $396,000.

Posted on 8 April 2015

3 $1M Maryland Lottery prizes remain unclaimed

Three $1 million Powerball prizes remain unclaimed in Maryland since February.

Posted on 8 April 2015

Powerball Winning Numbers April 4: Watch $60 Million Jackpot Drawing Live Online

The Powerball jackpot for April 4 is worth $60 million. If you are lucky enough to match all six winning numbers and become an instant multi-millionaire, you will have plenty to talk about at the Easter dinner table on Sunday. Watch the drawing live online at 11 p.m. ET on Powerball Live, or watch on Powerball Winning Numbers April 4: Watch $60 Million Jackpot Drawing Live Online is an article ...

Posted on 4 April 2015

Powerball Winning Numbers April 1: $50 Million Jackpot Is Real, But This Winner Got Pranked

Do you have the winning Powerball numbers for April 1? It won’t be a joke if you match all six numbers on your ticket on Wednesday night, but make sure a prankster doesn’t trick you into thinking you won $50 million — it’s a classic April Fools’ Day joke. The Powerball results will be revealed Powerball Winning Numbers April 1: $50 Million Jackpot Is Real, But This Winner Got Pranked is an ...

Posted on 1 April 2015

Powerball Winning Numbers March 28: The Lottery’s Newest Multi-Millionaire Could Be You

Do you have the winning Powerball numbers for Saturday night’s drawing? The $40 million jackpot will make someone an instant multi-millionaire if they match all six numbers drawn on March 28. See the winning numbers below. One lucky ticket holder won the last jackpot drawn on March 25, with Philly.com reporting that the winning ticket Powerball Winning Numbers March 28: The Lottery’s Newest ...

Posted on 28 March 2015

Powerball Winning Numbers March 25: $40 Million Up For Grabs, Do You Have The Winning Ticket?

The Powerball jackpot for March 25 is worth a cool $40 million. While it’s not the biggest jackpot in the history of the multi-state lottery game, it’s certainly enough to pay off some bills and make life a lot more comfortable. M Live reports that there hasn’t been a substantial jackpot since the $564 million Powerball Winning Numbers March 25: $40 Million Up For Grabs, Do You Have The Winning ...

Posted on 25 March 2015


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To RWBY Fanfiction Writers: What are your goals and why do you do what you do?

There are many forms of this question I'd like to ask.

Is there a specific reason as to why you write RWBY fanfiction?

Do you write fanfiction for multiple pieces of content and have simply added RWBY to that list?

What got you started writing? Was the decision to write easy or confusing?

What sort of writing process do you use?

Are you predominantly a creator of original stories and simply use fanfiction as a way to test out new techniques, styles, and concepts before adapting them for your real work?

From a writing stand point, what are you goals that you hope to attain? Publishing, or do you intend to keep it mostly private?

Some of you may know this, but many of you may not. I have been writing for a very long time. I started when I was 10, and will soon be 21. I know most new authors start with fanfiction, but I've only delved into fanfiction in the last 3-4 years as a way to test my skills. I tend to keep my real work to myself for a long period of time as I hone my craft and polish it as a final product, so I've been using fanfiction as a way to test the waters and see if anyone liked my style. I am honestly surprised by how many of you like my work. There's at least 100 of you. Not a big number, but to me that's like winning the Powerball. I don't expect anything major, so that small number of readers is simply astounding to me.

I've been constantly writing for these last 11 years, and for the last 6-8 years I've been testing out a fantasy story that I hope to publish by the end of the year, if not sooner. Hopefully. That is my goal as a writer. In the meantime, I've been equally dedicated to delivering RWBY fanfiction. I'm sure you've noticed, but I don't write fanfiction for any other series. Something about Remnant feels like the worlds in my fantasy universe, and it makes it easy for me to adapt and mold it into any shape I feel I desire.

It's because of this relative "ease" that I feel towards Remnant that I am curious about my fellow writers and am compelled to learn how your brains tick. Writing is a fever that can't be cured, I know, so let's share and revel in our communal madness.

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Posted on 8 April 2015

[PSA/Article] Introducing Grams Bitball: Darknet Lottery

Hello everyone,

ever since Operation Onymous, I have been working on an idea to get the tor project more donations. There was lots of rumors that Tor had been hacked and de-anonimized. Even though these rumors have turned out to be false and Tor is still secure, I think the Tor Project needs as much money as possible to help keep it that way. So I created my new site to give incentive to the people who use tor the most to donate their extra bitcoins.

I present to you BitBall : Darknet Lotto on Tor


How it works

BitBall is a bitcoin lottery based on the US Powerball lottery. The winning numbers drawn twice a week for the normal US based lottery Powerball will be the same winning numbers for bitball. Since the jackpot for bitball is extremely less than powerball and we will sell fewer tickets, Bitball will only use the first four numbers drawn from the powerball numbers. If you match those numbers in any order players will win the Bitball jackpot. The game play works like this...

  • Players can buy tickets for .01 bitcoins
  • Each ticket has 4 numbers on it between 1 and 59. (either chosen by random or picked by the player)
  • If those 4 numbers match the first 4 numbers of the powerball drawing the player wins the Bitball jackpot.
  • The Jackpot will start at 15 bitcoins and go up 2 bitcoins every time there is no winner.
  • If a player matches 3 of the powerball number they will win .1 bitcoins.
  • If more than 1 player wins the jackpot it will be split amount the winners.
  • Drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Ticket buying will be suspended 1 hour before a drawing and resume 1 hour after.

You can also find these informations at this article on DeepDotWeb or our subreddit /r/grams

Winnings Claim

We made the winnings claim proccess easy. Winners can enter their ticket hashcode in the claim form and will be prompted for a bitcoin address. For the first couple of drawings I will be manually approving winnings payouts to check for fraud or bugs. During that time it could take up to 24 hours for winners to get their winnings. After that it will be an automatic process and winners will have their bitcoins within 20 minutes!

All the proceeds get donated to the TOR Project.

The donations will be given to the Tor Project once a week and displayed on the Bitball homepage. To prove the profits will be donated I already donated 2 BTC this week for the launch. You can verify the the transaction of the donation on the home page's donations section. I know a transaction hash doesn't prove I donated it, but anyone who doubts me can email the tor project and ask if they received it. I made this donation, and will make all donations, under the email grams@lelantos.org. I always see reddit and forum posts from users asking what to do with their extra bitcoins. I think this will be an incentive for user to donate their spare bitcoins to TOR and maybe win big.

Grams Connection

The site is separate from Grams but if it takes off, as I think it will, I will be adding support for Grams' users to buy tickets directly from the bitcoins in their Grams' account. This will mean instant tickets without having to wait for blockchain confirmations. This will also make it easy to spend the extra bitcoins a user's Grams account.

Adaptive Process

I just came up with the ticket prices, jackpot amounts , number of balls in play. These numbers may change depending on how many factors during the first few weeks. If a massive amount of tickets are sold and there is a couple jackpot winners every drawing I may need to use 5 balls instead of four. On the other hand if there are no winners for many drawings I may reduce the balls in play to 3. If changes like these are made it will be during the 2 hours of suspended ticket buying in between drawings. I will never change these factors after tickets for a drawing have been purchased.


Thanks for your time,





gramsupport@lelantos.org /r/grams

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Posted on 29 January 2015

My blind sister picked the winning powerball numbers

My parents weren't the worst. I mean, sure, they never whored me and my sister out, or beat us within an inch of our lives, or starved us or anything but all things considered; they were pretty piss poor as parental units.

Case in point, my name is Prudy and my sister's name is Trudy and we're identical twins. Yeah, don't believe all that Shakespearean crap about a rose by any other name. I mean talk about starting out with a fucking handicap in the game of life.

Actually, I always felt I got the short straw in that equation. In fact, now that I'm of legal age and my sister and I are about to receive one motherfucking large cash lump sum I am going to do the exact opposite of exactly what the fuck people expect a Prudy to do.

Yep, I'm gonna go out an find me an industrial size bag of dicks and get busy. Any takers?

But, I digress. This is a place to divulge true horror; is it not? Well, then let me tell you the horrors that my sister and I had to endure.

My mom and dad went Splitsville right after 9/11. Yep, while all us Americans were freaking out with Code Orange terror alerts my Dad was packing up his bags and abandoning my Mom and me and my sister. He'd decided that his stupid secretary with her perfect silicon titties was worth busting our family up over.

My mom, seemed nonplussed as she had recently discovered Jesus Christ as her lord and savior. She threw out all our rock albums and stopped smoking weed and started insisting we all wear dresses past our knees and go to the fucking born again church every Sunday for some endless sermon about casting our sins in the water. What fucking water? We live in the middle of Omaha fer crissakes; no pun intended.

Then mom hooked up with Born Again Bob and it wasn't long before he moved in and started getting a little too friendly with me and Trudy.

That would have been 2003 when we were ten years old. It started with too long hugs that were creepy enough and then the bible bedtime stories that could have put a die hard tweaker into a coma and quickly progressed to little morality plays about Sodom and Gomorrah that quickly progressed into vaginal exploration for Satan's minions. The worst part was Bob smelled like Funyuns all the time.

Now, the motherfucking horrific part is I fucking told my Mom about Funyun Bob and his bedtime shenaningans and she said that clearly Satan had taken hold of me and I would have to be annointed with oil and otherwise exorcised of my malevolent blah blah blah....

When I told my Dad, hoping for a more appropriate response, he simply said, "I'll talk to your mother," which was followed a couple of days later by, "Your mother says you two are growing up to be liars, I did not raise my girls to be liars. I will not abide liars in my family."

Me and Trudy were pulled out of school so that Bob and my mom could home school us. That involved mostly being annointed with oil and when mom was at Walmarts, KY Jelly. I tried to protect Trudy by sacrificing myself to Bob so she wouldn't have to suffer through his, "ministrations", but Trudy was losing it fast and despite my disbelief in any messianic action; I seriously started praying that I wouldn't lose my best friend and be trapped all alone with mom and skeevy Bob.

Well, I'd like to tell you that praying really works but I'd be lying like the rug because...

Thanksgiving 2013

The turkey was on the table with all the trimmings. Bob had just finished asking me for a hand in the garage changing the oil on our shitty clunker because, "girls shouldn't be candy pants useless." We came back into the house after Bob was done checking my oil and were ready to sit down to our repast when Trudy suddenly stood up to make an announcement.

"Mom, Bob? I want you to know that I have tried but I cannot stop seeing visions of Satan. There is," she said pulling out her favorite troll pencil from her back pocket, "only one way...."

I tried to stop her but she was too fast. And in just a few seconds my beautiful sister stabbed her eyes out with her now bloodied troll pencil. Bob and my mom didn't even want to call 911, they wanted to call Pastor Fred for a faith healing session but I sneaked off to the kitchen and called 911 myself.

The doctors worked for hours to save Trudy's eyes but when all was said and done she was blind and institutionalized for an entire year. They let her out last Thanksgiving and now she's on a smorgasbord of medications for her poor worried mind. I swore I'd protect my younger sister but alas I failed. I do confess I was really glad to have her back and I was determined to be her eyes for her and somehow find a way out for the both of us.

Christmas 2014

It was last Christmas eve and we were all driving to church in the worst rain I've ever seen in my life. The kind that just falls in sheets and causes everyone to drive really really slow. Suddenly the car started to bounce something awful and Bob turned on his hazards and pulled over to the side of the road.

"It looks like the darn car's got a flat."

"Oh, dear," was my mom's brilliant retort. "What will we do?"

"Oh, I'll just have to put on the spare."

"Prudy, why don't you give me a hand?"

Now, whenever Bob asked me for a hand I don't want to tell you where he made me put that hand so I'll just leave it to your imagination.

"Oh gosh, do I have to?" I protested. "It's raining buckets out there."

"It's the Christian thing to do, dear," my mom said.

Out in the rain Bob got the jack out and went about changing the tire.

"Hey Prudy, I think the cars leaking oil. Why don't you scooch down and take a look."

I scooched down to look under the car and said, "I don't see no oil, Bob."

"Why sure you do, you little Jezebel! And we're gonna scooch down under the car and you're gonna check ol' Bob's dipstick."

"Okay, Bob. If you insist."

Well Bob got under that car ready to get his dipstick attended to.

"What're you waiting for Jezebel?" Bob asked impatiently while he unzipped.

But before I could get down to check Bob's dipstick the car made an awful lurching sound. I guess Bob hadn't gotten the jack right cause the car just slipped right off it and collapsed on poor Bob before I could accommodate his nastiness.

On the bright side at least Bob died saved by Jesus. In fact, when the car collapsed on him he wasted no time talking to god although he couldn't quite get past the name part.

When the cops and fire department came and finally got the car off old Bob he was dead from a heart attack and everybody wondered why his pants were unzipped but nobody made a federal case out of it or anything. Mom was all busted up but Trudy smiled for the first time in years.

Every night before bed she'd whisper to me, "Can you smell that?"

And I'd always answer, "Smell what?"

And she'd say, "The smell of Bob burning in hell."

After Bob died mom really lost it and wouldn't leave the house. And since Trudy couldn't get around so good everything fell on me to keep our little household going. It was on another rainy Friday when Trudy and I were out food shopping that I casually remarked, "Mega Millions is up to eighty million."

Trudy squeezed my arm and said, "Look what I brought."

It was Trudy's troll pencil. The one she stabbed her sight into oblivion with.

"It's a magic pencil," she continued. "And it is gonna pick the winning mega millions numbers."

"Sure Trudy," I said.

And wouldn't you know it. The troll giveth and the troll taketh away. That troll and Trudy's hand picked the damned winning numbers plus the powerball. I told Trudy to keep it to herself and I drove straight to a lawyer's office and gave him the ticket for safe keeping. Then I visited my Dad at his job to tell him I had some important news to tell him. Boy, did he get excited but he promised to keep it a secret until I could sit down with him and Mom.

"Mom's been in such a fragile state I think you should be there when I tell her."

"Anything for my favorite daughter."

Later that night at our first family reunion since 9/11 I told the parental units the good news that I was now worth an ungodly sum. My dad suggested that we all get back together as a family and I honestly couldn't have been happier. But I guess the news was a little too much for the parental units because they immediately hit the bottle of champagne I had on ice and I guess they overdid it because before too long the two of them were passed out colder than a Minnesota winter.

"I guess the excitement was too much for them," Trudy said.

"Wanna go for ice cream?" I asked. "My treat."

I wish I could tell you we lived happily ever after but we returned home from the Dairy Queen to tragedy. The carcass of our home was up in flames that took the fire department hours to extinguish. Turns out we were leaking gas on the very night my family was to become whole again.

On the bright side there's a doctor I found in Asia who has been restoring sight to the blind using cutting edge stem cell treatments so me and Trudy are going to be flying out of the country first class tomorrow. And before we leave I wanted to do the Christian thing by my stepmom. She was so excited when I told her I was going to make sure she and her babies would be taken care of, especially since my Dad didn't have any life insurance or nothing.

"I don't want you to open this until I leave," I told her, handing her the envelope with her salvation enclosed therein.

"I just want you to know that I always was here for you and Trudy." were her last words to me before I drove off.

I just wish I could have seen her face when she saw I got her those all inclusive tickets for her and the kids to that swanky Christian retreat in the smoky mountains and roundtrip Greyhound bus tickets. I'm sure once she gets in touch with the baby Jesus she'll have no trouble moving past the tragedy.

If you can say anything about me it's that I always take care of my family.

Well, thanks for letting me get this off my chest. You might also be interested to know that I'm planning to legally change my name to Lady Death. What's in a name you ask? Everything.

WTF Approved

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Posted on 11 January 2015

Suggestion for a simpler random number choice

Why not just do something like a SHA-256 of the "volume of shares traded on the NASDAQ" on the day of the draw?

It seems like there would be a lot of things like that which would be easier for everyone to follow and verify on their own, as compared to the current method.

(Hell, you could even use a hash of winning Lotto or PowerBall numbers. Yes, I know, you are worried that it will make it seem like this is a lottery... but, really, that is a damn good public source of random numbers.)

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Posted on 23 December 2014

Another day at the Hellhole

Now, I know that some people would love to win millions from the lottery or even a few hundred from a scratch off ticket, I sometimes pay a few dollars for things like this, and while I never win (got $4 from a $2 Powerball ticket a few weeks ago, that was cool), I just get tired and bored of seeing it at work.

I'm sure a lot of us who work in a gas station or other place that sells a lottery ticket or scratch off is kind of tired of it. The desperate, needy, people who are selfish and push in line, claw at others, just because there's an hour before the machine closes and they just HAVE to get their tickets, there's one thing I will probably never understand.

My usual transactions with lottery people are the typical "I'll take the winning numbers for the $300 million MegaMillion/Powerball." Another reason I hate the lottery system is that is feeds the greed of people and it sickens me. Now, I don't have a problem with those who play for the hell of it, as I do the same but not to an extent of my usual lottery harpies. If I had the power to procure the winning numbers for any lottery game or the knowledge of which scratch offs were big winners, I wouldn't be working at a gas station, I can guarantee that much right there.

However, the moment you glance at another customer's ticket and notice your numbers are each one number higher than theirs, that is no cause for you to flat out punch the lady in the face and call her a cheater and demand she gives you her ticket, that's when you've gone too far. It's like watching lions feed at a poorly maintained zoo. Honestly, I don't know how some of these people can function in their daily lives without some sort of leash or protective suit.

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Posted on 8 November 2014

Let's say there's a daily lottery. Person A buys 365 tickets for one drawing on one day. Person B buys one ticket each day for a year. Do they have different chances of winning?

Let's pretend it's like Powerball - the drawing is a string of 5 numbers plus 1 other number.

My brain says Person A has a higher chance. But it seems like Person B has "more" chances. Help me, mathematicians!

EDIT: Absolutely fascinating range of responses! Thanks r/askscience! You did not disappoint.

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Posted on 6 March 2014

Do you have any predictions about an unlikely event that will happen sometime in the next 3 years?

Your comment will be timestamped so everyone in the future will know you predicted it before it happened. And if you're wrong we can mock you in the future.

-The winner of an election? -A major natural disaster? -Winning Powerball numbers? -A big company merger? -The winners of a major sporting event -A company going bankrupt? -A disease cured? -A celebrity marriage? -A new pope? -The value of bitcoin?

Try and be specific so people in the future can be sure if you were correct or not.

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Posted on 5 December 2013

Developer here, making a "lottery winning numbers statistics" app: is this legal?

So as the title says, i'm trying to make an app that analyzes the powerballs winning numbers history (available for free on powerball.com), and gives statistics based on the findings, such as, what number appears the most in all the winning number combinations. A. Am I allowed to used these numbers to do something like this? And B. If so, am I allowed to sell this to others? Thanks in advance!

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Posted on 13 November 2013

[Contest] Powerball

Ok in honor of my cakeday, I want to gift you! My husband is an avid powerball player and always plays 5 strings of numbers. All you have to do is guess what the 5 power ball numbers on his most recent ticket are. Powerball numbers run 1-50, the person with the most correct numbers wins! To be clear, you have to pick 5 numbers 1-50 to enter the contest. Prize will be awarded 3/8/13 and will be around $20. You may only enter once, duplicate entries will void all entries. You also must have gifted at least 1 person. You can gift anyone up until the 8th, as long as you gifted someone. Price of the gift doesn't matter either, just the gifting itself.


  • The drawing for the ticket I have in front of me was 2/13/13, Montana powerball
  • This was a non-winning ticket so the powerball number on that day's drawing does NOT appear on the ticket.
  • Numbers may repeat

The Contest has ended and the winner has been gifted.

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Posted on 28 February 2013

Code review request for a beginner.

Here is my code:


#!/usr/bin/python def list_of_tickets(): list_of_tickets = [] j = 0 print "How many ticket do you have?" number_of_tickets = int(raw_input(">")) while j < number_of_tickets: print "Enter ticket %s" %(j+1) list_of_tickets.append(number_input()) j = j+1 return list_of_tickets def number_input(): i = 1 ticket_list = [] while i < 6: print "Enter number %s" %i number = int(raw_input(">")) if number < 1 or number > 59 or number in ticket_list: print "Please input a unique number between 1 and 59" else: ticket_list.append(number) i = i+1 while len(ticket_list)<6: print "Enter the powerball:" powerball = int(raw_input(">")) if powerball < 1 or powerball > 35: print "Please input a unique number between 1 and 35" else: ticket_list.append(powerball) return ticket_list def winning_input(): print "Enter the winning numbers:" i = 1 ticket_list = [] while i < 6: print "Enter number %s" %i number = int(raw_input(">")) if number < 1 or number > 59 or number in ticket_list: print "Please input a unique number between 1 and 59" else: ticket_list.append(number) i = i+1 while len(ticket_list)<6: print "Enter the powerball:" powerball = int(raw_input(">")) if powerball < 1 or powerball > 35: print "Please input a unique number between 1 and 35" else: ticket_list.append(powerball) return ticket_list def power_play(): print "Did you select the power play? (Y/N)" power_play = raw_input(">") if power_play[0] == 'Y': power_play = True else: power_play = False return power_play def validator(list_of_tickets, winning_ticket): winlist = [] for i in list_of_tickets: win_count = 0 powerball = "" for j in i[:-1]: if j in winning_ticket[:-1]: win_count = win_count + 1 if i[-1] == winning_ticket[-1]: powerball = "p" if i[-1] != winning_ticket[-1]: powerball = "n" results = str(win_count)+powerball winlist.append(results) return winlist #todo: make the answers from validator match up to prizes def prize_calc(results, powerplay): prizes = {'0p':4, '1p':4, '2p':7, '3n':7, '3p':100, '4n':100, '4p':10000, '5n':1000000, } for i in results: if i in prizes: if powerplay == True: print prizes[i]*2 else: print prizes[i] elif i == '5p': print "YOU WON THE JACKPOT!!!" else: print "Sorry, this wasn't a winner" print "Powerball checker v.0.1" list_of_tickets = list_of_tickets() winning_ticket = winning_input() power_play = power_play() results = validator(list_of_tickets, winning_ticket) prize_calc(results,power_play) 


I suspect that I could have done a better job with variable naming. I am specifically looking for any feedback as to structure. I know it makes sense to me, but was this an efficient way to structure my program? Is it readable? Does anyone have any suggestions for new features in the next iteration?

Thanks for your time, and any feedback! I appreciate it!

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Posted on 23 December 2012

Powerball Jackpot is over US$500,000,000; odds of winning about 1:175,000. How much would I win if I played every number?

Edit - missed some zeroes in the title. Actual odds are 1:175,000,000.

Note the payout schedule below - you can win with a single number plus the powerball, and in a variety of other ways.

Assume, for the sake of argument, that no one else hits the winning number (and that I can find a licensed retailer who will sell me 175,000,000 tickets). Also assume that I ignore the "PowerPlay" because I want to keep my investment to $175M. Edit: Investment = $350M, because tickets are $2 each.

The PowerBall rules govern payouts like this: Matches Prize

Powerball only $4 1 number plus PB $4 2 numbers plus PB $7 3 numbers; no PB $7
3 numbers plus PB $100
4 numbers; no PB $100
4 numbers plus PB $10,000 5 numbers; no PB $1,000,000 5 numbers plus PB Jackpot

For those not familiar with the PowerBall lottery, you pick five numbers from 1-59, and a PowerBall from 1-35. For the non-power balls, you're drawing from one pot - a number cannot appear twice. The PowerBall machine contains a separate collection of balls, so a number can be a nonPowerBall and a PowerBall.

I'm not smart enough to write a simulation to figure it out ... can Reddit help?

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Posted on 27 November 2012

Math geniuses of Reddit: Powerball Lottery is at $245 million, and my coworkers are discussing probabilities. Settle this for us.

The discussion is around whether it's better to pick your own numbers or let the terminal randomly pick the numbers for you.

My argument: The chances are equal either way. The numbers come out randomly, and have no memory of the past (i.e if I roll a 4 on a dice five times, The chances of me getting a 4 the sixth time are just as equal as the first five times). So if you play 2-4-6-8-10-12 every week, or get a randomly new number every time, they both have an equal chance of winning.

Her argument: If I consistently play the "2-4-6-8-10-12" (just an example) combination every week, MY selection stays consistent. And if my numbers stay the same every week, they just have to match the winning numbers. BUT, If I let the machine pick my numbers, the universe has to match one set of random numbers (machine picked) to another set of random numbers (the winning ones), which makes it twice as hard to win.

So, statisticians and probabilities experts. What do you think? How do "chances of winning" apply to the above two situations?

PS - We already know how ridiculously slim the chances are of actually winning and how it's a "volunteer tax" and a complete waste of money. We're just discussing odds.

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Posted on 2 November 2011

What should I do? Do I turn my Dad in?

Just to set the situation: I'm working up the courage to leave. I love my parents and it's the only think keeping me from leaving at the moment. My Dad was the PO of the congregation up until they changed the title to COBE and now he's the congregation secretary, and my Mom is a regular pioneer and probably one of the biggest prudes you'll ever meet.

I'm not exactly sure how to approach this as I have proof my Dad has been looking at porn (at home and at work) as well as reading some pretty kinky fiction ( homo, adultery, pedo, incest, etc ). At first I thought it might have been a onetime lapse in judgement, but I've been checking his history pretty regularly and this has been happening for over a year.

The other thing is he seems to be buying lottery tickets. I've never seen the stubs, but when checking up on his history looking for evidence of porn, he has been checking the winning numbers for the Powerball lotto every week.

Last week, my Mom found a receipt that included line items for lotto tickets, and I had to listen to a boldfaced lie that that must have been part of the receipt from the customer before him. I'm not sure what she'll do if she finds out the truth.

I need an outside party giving me some advice here.

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Posted on 23 March 2011