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Opinion

December 2, 2012

Powerball mania abounds

NORMAN — The frenzy surrounding this past week’s record $588 million Powerball ticket sales is beyond our comprehension. National news shows joined in the hype. A local television news crew camped out in front of a lottery billboard promoting ticket sales.

The odds of winning were astronomical and grew by the hour. Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute. The math just didn’t compute, but still we dreamed and thought of how we would spend all that money.

Two winning tickets have emerged, and neither were sold in Oklahoma. Tickets were sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix and a gas station in Dearborn, Mo. The Missouri winner was named Friday. A 52-year-old mechanic and his wife will share the winnings with the Arizona ticketholder.

Some of us even had lawyers and financial professionals on standby, since that was the advice given by previous winners. Hey, you never know when someone is going to be $588 million richer. One thing is for sure: You would make the Christmas card list of a lot of new best friends and distant relatives.

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