Personal Narrative: The Multi-State Lottery

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By now I am sure you have heard. The Multi-State Lottery Association’s POWERBALL™ Jackpot has soared to an estimated 1.3 BILLION US Dollars. It is also estimated that a single Powerball Jackpot winner could walk away, taxes paid, with a cool $800 Million. WOW!

In recent years I can recall the long lines, and media coverage of several sizable jackpots. I have not ever been a regular “player” of any lottery, however on occasion I will buy a scratch off, or a quick pick. I am firmly aware that the odds are against me, but I am also aware that, “if you don't play, you can't win.”

So, in the spirit of good fun, I made up my mind that it is possible. I asked myself “why not me?” I drove past all the long Powerball lines at popular gas stations and found one where I could skip in, and skip out. Mission accomplished. Now, what would I do with such a monstrous Powerball Jackpot?
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So, while I will not be doing a ton of day dreaming, I did think of another way to have some fun.

When I went to purchase my ticket, the numbers were bouncing all over my head. The prospect of anything short of a quick-pick, simply didn't make any sense. Then, I realized that I could build a Powerball number generator. IF I am going to win, wouldn't be cool if my code picked the winning numbers? I think so.

As a web developer, I love a simple challenge, and with all the media attention, I decided to make a Powerball number generator. It only took a few minutes to write a snippet of code that would pick 5 unique and random numbers from 1-69, and then a 6th (Powerball Number). Then it occured to me, why not share it with
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