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SAN LORENZO, CA - JANUARY 12: A customer holds Powerball tickets that he purchased at Kavanagh Liquors on January 12, 2015 in San Lorenzo, California. Dozens of people lined up outside of Kavanagh Liquors, a store that has had several multi-million dollar winners, to -purchase Powerball tickets in hopes of winning the estimated record-breaking $1.5 billion dollar jackpot. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A customer holds Powerball tickets that he purchased at Kavanagh Liquors on January 12, 2015 in San Lorenzo, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Should lottery winners’ names be secret? States debate issue

Even a jackpot isn't enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law.

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John Robinson, center, of Munford, Tenn., arrives with his dog at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Robinson claims to have one of the winning tickets in the record $1.6 billion jackpot drawing that took place Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
John Robinson, center, of Munford, Tenn., arrives with his dog at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6 billion Powerball pot

Lottery officials verified Friday that a warehouse supervisor from the small town of Munford, Tennessee, bought one of three tickets winning the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

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Balbir Atwal owner of the California 7-11 that sold the winning Powerball ticket, smiles at his store in Chino Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Atwal, says he was at home when a friend called to tell him that someone in Chino Hills had hit the jackpot. Atwal says he didn't know the ticket was purchased at his store until he turned on the TV. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Who are the 3 winners of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot?

Mystery winners in Tennessee, Florida and California should get their affairs in order before they claim their thirds of the unprecedented $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, lottery officials advised Thursday.

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Tim Jackson buys Powerball tickets at Coach Liquor in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. A lottery official says the estimated Powerball jackpot will be over a billion. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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In record Powerball game, a look at winners and losers

When the largest-ever lottery prize is finally awarded, the winners and losers will extend well beyond the lucky few who hit the jackpot and the multitudes of disappointed ticket buyers. Here's a breakdown of how Powerball affects the players, the public and others.

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Much of US seeks Powerball jackpot, but 6 states opt out

Lottery ticket buyers have to suspend their belief in math to drop $2 on an infinitesimal chance to win the Powerball jackpot, but in Nevada, they also have to drive across the desert and wait in lines that can stretch for hours.

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A NJ Lottery jackpot sign displayed in the front window of a Jackson storeA NJ Lottery jackpot sign displayed in the front window of a Jackson store
A NJ Lottery jackpot sign displayed in the front window of a Jackson store (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Powerball prize invites myths, misconceptions about lottery

With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday's Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant as the convenience-store kiosks offering tickets for the record-breaking jackpot.

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DUNKIRK, MD - JANUARY 06: With the Jackpot now at 500 million, Gale Call (L) and Sherrie Haines (C) sell a Powerball ticket to Mike Nastasi (R) at the BP gas station, January 6, 2015 in Dunkirk, Maryland. People are visitingÊlottery counters across the area with hopes of hitting it big in tonights Powerball drawing. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Gale Call (L) and Sherrie Haines (C) sell a Powerball ticket to Mike Nastasi (R) at the BP gas station, January 6, 2015 in Dunkirk, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Powerball take-home depends highly on taxes where you live

Taxes can eat up close to half a Powerball jackpot, but the amount taken out can vary widely depending on where a winner lives -- meaning state and local taxes can mean a difference of tens of millions of dollars.

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New lottery deal cuts targets for New Jersey’s take by $1B

New Jersey could get $1 billion less out of its state lottery as part of an amended 15-year deal with the private firm that runs part of it, according to an Associated Press analysis.

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425 Million Jackpot Draws Hopeful Lottery Ticket Buyers
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Can you improve your odds for record $700M Powerball?

The record-breaking $700 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams, but it all boils down to math. From the huge prize to the enormous odds against winning it, Saturday night's drawing is a numbers game that gives players good reason to brush up on their algebra, maybe as they stand in line to buy a ticket.

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Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is displayed on a lottery machine at a Wawa in Toms River
Lottery machine at a Wawa in Toms River (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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New lottery deal includes lower targets, locked-in revenue

The state lottery and the private company overseeing part of its operations have agreed to lower revenue targets and guaranteed income for three years.

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