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Everyone around is in full blown lottery daydream mode. So many conversations are being had about what we would do if we won the $1.5b jackpot. I’ve heard everything from buying an island and never leaving to buying the radio station, but what is everyone’s strategy to hit the big money? But how do you pick Powerball numbers. Is it anything like us because here is how the Shark picks Powerball numbers.

There are so many different ways people try and get lucky, from superstitions to purchasing strategies. One of the members of the squad has consistent numbers that they always play. Maybe important numbers from a birthday, or special occasion. But I was very surprised how many people play the same numbers consistently.

Another popular strategy is where you buy the tickets. Many are convinced that their odds (for whatever reason) increase when they make their purchase from small Podunk town so they will travel far and wide to those little places to but a stack of tickets. I think this logic comes from a perceived preponderance of winners from places many have never heard of before.

Another common topic of debate is quick pick vs manual picking. Many say that the quick pick automated method gives them better odds, whether or not those ideas are true or not is anyone’s guess. Regardless of which strategy, if any, you employ it is obvious that Power Ball fever is in full swing. Good Luck!

Craziest Purchases From Lottery Winners

What are the craziest things that past lottery winners have bought? Let’s hope whoever wins the current jackpot doesn’t blow it like these people. We all dream about what we would do if we won the lottery. I know a lot of people that wouldn’t even call into work the next day. Some people are responsible with the money and use it to pay off debt or upgrade their living situation. Others may use the money to take lavish vacations or start investing in stocks or bonds.

Right now the Mega Millions lottery jackpot is sitting at 1.02 BILLION after no one matched all six numbers on Tuesday night. This whooping number is the nations fourth-largest lottery prize, according to AP News. Only one of those winning tickets were bought in Florida, it was a 1.586 billion Powerball in 2016 and was split with two other winners. The odds of winning this jackpot is pretty slim, about 1 in 302.5 million to be exact.

Do you still feel lucky enough to play the lottery this week? How would you spend your money

Here’s the list of the craziest things past lottery winners have blown their money on.


  • Open A Waterpark

    Scenic Images of the West Edmonton Mall

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    Two syndicated winners in New York donated around $200,000 of his $28.7 million winnings to open a waterpark in their hometown to honor their parents.

  • Join The Entertainment Industry

    Eve: The Women's Wrestling Movement

    (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

    In 2019, lottery winner Jay Vargas used part of his $3 million winnings to combine two of his passions: Wrestling and Comedy. He created an all-female wrestling promotion called Wrestlicious. The company only lasted one season before folding. 

  • Trafficking Drugs

    New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Announces Large Heroin Bust

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    This has got to be the dumbest way to spend your winnings. A Georgia man used his $3 million lottery winnings to purchase and distribute crystal meth. Which led to him being convicted to a 21-year prison sentence on drug conspiracy and firearm charges.

  • Own A Sports Team

    Save-Mart / Kragen 350

    Photo by Jon Ferrey /Allsport

    It’s not uncommon in America or abroad for lottery winners to spend their money on a local sports team. A Virginia lottery in 200 chose to spend the money on creating his own NASCAR team as part of the Camping World Truck Series.

  • Launch Your Own Spirit

    Bruichladdich Produce Quadruple Distilled Whisky

    (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

    A man in the UK used his money to launch his own whiskey distillery in his hometown of Belfast. His company Titanic Distillers and has actually turned into a major success.

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