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Powerball Jackpot at $325 Mil; Broke Down and Bought a PB Tix

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Folks, you may recall my post a few weeks ago about Powerball raising their basic price per line from $1 to $2 — and about how I believed that was a stupid, pointless, and unnecessary act.

While I still believe all that, when the jackpot hits $325 million, it’s hard to resist buying a ticket.  So I did buy one — and only one — due to the nature of the very high jackpot.

Does this make me a hypocrite?  Yes, it does.  (But at least I’m an honest one.)

My reflections on the $2 Powerball game after a few weeks of settling remain mostly unchanged; I don’t think the slight lowering of the odds (as it used to be that you had 42 balls to pick from in the actual “Powerball” part; now, there are 36 instead) and quicker rollover to higher jackpot amounts are worth having to pay $2 per line.

I still think, most of the time, you’re better off burying a dollar bill in the backyard and leaving it there until spring (or whenever) and then digging it up again than you are playing a line of Powerball ($1 a line or the current $2 per line).

But see above, as I broke down and bought one anyway.  (A fool and her money are soon parted, as they say.  Though I suppose there are worse ways to spend $2, too.)

We’ll see if it does any good.


Note: The reason “persistence” is tagged as a category here is because up until Powerball changed their price per line, I’d played nearly every draw since the games inception.  I continue to play the same numbers; the only difference is, now I am unwilling to play Powerball unless the jackpot is a really huge amount.

Written by Barb Caffrey

February 12, 2012 at 12:16 am

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