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Mega Millions and the odds-touters.

The Mega-Millions is once again getting big attention – it’s up to almost $600 million again. Wooo!

The problem?

All the freaking people who feel the need to talk about how statistically unlikely you are to win! Talk about bah humbug!

For example:

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Now Trending on Facebook: Week of August 25

This week has been big for our Facebook community, with numerous posts lighting up the page over the past week.

Here’s a couple that seemed to draw the most response, but be sure to check out the full Facebook page to see what else has been big this week.

  • The largest thing to draw response this week is a photo. We posted a photo of a car involved in an accident this week, with the victims still as yet unidentified. And that brought about the old debate about what should papers run and not run. Here’s the photo:1175303_10151792463311168_1920321683_n I know where I stand on this: News isn’t pretty, and it can be tough, but it’s got to get out there – we deal with that fact every single day. Literally – this was in my afternoon yesterday. As long as there aren’t bodies in the vehicle or a large amount of blood and gore, it’s OK by me for publication. But not everyone agrees, as evidence by our long comment thread.
  • Another big debate continues to swirl around Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe, who I talked about little while ago. The debate continues with many people still standing by Zerbe: Paul Phillips: “So what? Id rather pat the donation than get the ticket,points,and insurance raised!”
  • Another big debate: The always controversial Gov. Tom Corbett re-affirming his commitment to trying to sell the state lottery. People are fired up about that.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more and to join the conversation!

Powerball jackpot: What would you buy?

The Powerball jackpot is up to $500 million for tonight’s drawing.

No matter whether you buy a ticket or not, everybody that hears that just stops and wonders: what would I do with that kind of money?

Here at the Daily Item, there’s an office pool and we’re dreaming big!

Here’s my list:

  • Pay off my student loans, plus my older sister’s and my boyfriend’s.
  • Buy a car that is less than 10 years old. I’ve never had one of those.
  • Start a college fund for my younger sister.
  • Buy a 3-D television
  • Splurge on something. I don’t know what yet, but then again, I’ve never been able to walk into a store and buy everything.

It’s a list of things I dream of being able to afford, but likely never will.

What would you do if you hit the jackpot? What would you buy?

And check out fellow reporter Rick Dande’s lottery blog, Lottery Moments, full of stories about winners, odds and more!

Bonus photos: Lottery tickets ornaments

Saturday I visited the Short Stop market near Selinsgrove to talk with store manager Mary Spicer, who transforms used lottery tickets into works of art for a good cause.

Here’s some bonus photos of her creations, which benefit the Needy Family Fund.

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