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December 16th, 2013
11:50 PM ET

Virginia Lottery Executive on MegaMillions: "You only need one ticket to win – the one with the right six numbers"

While harder than ever to win, the current lottery jackpot is equally hard to ignore.

The potential winnings, currently at 586 million dollars, could rise quickly if there is no winner Tuesday. And with Christmas roughly a week away, the Mega Millions Jackpot could reach the billion dollar mark.

“It only takes one dollar to get in the game," explained Paula Otto, the Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. "And, you only need one ticket to win – the one with the right six numbers.”

Speaking live with Otto, Piers Morgan joked about joining the fun himself:

“I’ll be out there, raiding my bank account to buy as many as I can."

As a member of the Lottery staff, Otto is not permitted to play. However, she appreciates the excitement of the game, and encourages the victors to be responsible with their spoils:

“We’ve certainly had a lot of winners who have gone on to do great things with their lottery winnings,” she said.

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  1. Pete Turner

    So, here we go again. As the saying goes, 'You have to be in it to win it". I have my own little personal just-for-fun webpage which generates your own random quick pick numbers. I would absolutely love it if someone went there and managed to get the winning line. As I say, it's all strictly a bit of fun only, but you never know your luck... Have a look for VillaLibra and see if you can locate it.

    December 17, 2013 at 5:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. peterve

    yes its so amazing hoe the lottery can change your life

    December 17, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Paulgh Despeignes

    Americans, through the media, seem to be concerned and paying attention to mass shootings and acts of gun violence being committed by young white males in certain locations here in the U.S.
    Many have stated that the media is concerned and has a focus on these shootings because they are impacting “white” communities, while it neglects or pays less attention to prevalent gun violence in “black” communities. Nonetheless, those who hold such view either have a short memory or fall short of awareness of recent history, for it was not too long ago that many Americans accused the media of racism for covering violence at Rap events attended mainly by young African-Americans, while failing or avoiding to expose violence at rock concerts attended mainly by young whites.
    The fact is, there may well be racism in the media; however, my observation seems to indicate that it (the media) pursues new phenomena, trends and events. It often pays less attention to events that its audience has become accustomed to or occurrences that have become so usual that they have lost their “sense of news.” For example, when the media had a focus on violence surrounding Rap events, the musical genre was fairly new and people were interested in being informed of the dramatic and violent elements/aspects that accompanied this new form of music; the media’s audience was interested in the behavior of the “tough homeboys and ‘B’ boys.” Likewise, the reason for the media’s focus on the current mass shootings is the fact that these phenomena are new and generate a strong public interest in determining their cause.
    Others, to include behavioral professionals, have insinuated that the increase in the occurrence of these shootings are caused by the “glamour” connected with the media coverage and public attention that they obtain coupled with the absence of fathers in many American homes. My response to this assumption is that I had a father in the “home’” growing-up, and I wished he wasn’t there, because of the physical abuse I suffered under his parental stewardship, forcing me to run away from home, drop out of school and live in environments where I sought to belong to unconventional and notorious groups in search of respect, fame and empowerment; indeed, the reason I sought membership in those groups is that they were respected, feared and glorified in those environments/neighborhoods. If it were not for my faith, belief in ideals greater than myself and sermons from adults in my surrounding on the importance of an education and individual contribution to society, I would not have gone back to school to get an education and seek membership in organizations that are set to have a more favorable impact on society and make a difference; I probably would have continued to seek membership in those notorious groups.
    Also, I remember growing-up my peers and I were exposed to very positive figures-such as Colin Powell, Frank Sinatra- as well as socially deviant personalities-such as Charles Manson- through the media. However, such exposure did not sway us to take steps to follow the paths of any of these individuals; we, instead, were driven to follow in the footsteps of the members of the notorious groups alluded to above, because they were respected, honored and revered by a significant number of people in our neighborhoods/communities. Likewise, the ones of us who were able to redirect ourselves toward more positive and productive groups and activities did so under the influence, inspiration and mentorship of constructive people in our surroundings, as they showed us the beauty, honor and respect that can be achieved through such groups and activities.
    The point is neither the media nor the “absence of father in the home” factor was the cause of my desire and action to seek to be a part of those groups. It was the acceptance, tolerance, respect and honor bestowed upon them by a significant number of people in the environments/neighborhoods in which I lived that generated my desire to join those groups.
    Thus, regarding violence and criminal activities by young people in America- and perhaps crime in general- my assumption or “hypothesis” is that those who are groomed, mentored and inspired to make a difference and contribute toward the achievement of the greater good are less prone to engage in “mass violence” of any kind or other sorts of criminal activity than those who have been prepared, through/by their surroundings, for street violence/wars, ethnic conflicts, race wars, an “inevitable Armageddon,” or an imminent government operation to take over or control every aspect of their lives. In my view the latter are likely to be less patient and constructive in dealing with conflicts with others.
    Therefore, I encourage those with an interest in the dynamics involved in these mass shootings to take a more critical look in determining their root cause (s) before placing blame on the media and the general public for their prevalence.

    December 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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