The Missouri couple who just hit it big in the Powerball lottery will take a lump-sum payment amounting to about $136 million after taxes.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:15 pm
After all the hype and hoopla, millions of Americans (including us) are waking up this morning to learn that they aren't sudden millionaires.
Yes, there were winning tickets sold for Wednesday night's $580 million Powerball jackpot.
But there were only two tickets that correctly matched the numbers drawn: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
Yes, the Powerball is getting high - very high - $550 million. And NPR says your chances of being killed by a vending machine are higher than your chances of winning.
But could buying a ticket in the "Show-Me" state give you a leg up?
If you believe that a state's track record of winning tickets has something to do with it, then maybe - though the odds, in fact, favor no one.
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