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Lottery players buy Powerball tickets at the Las Palmitas Mini Market in in the Fashion District downtown Los Angeles on Monday, April 1, 2024. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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John Cheeks' lottery ticket matched the numbers posted online in January 2023. But when he tried to redeem his prize, he was repeatedly denied. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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People buy Powerball tickets at Joe's Service Center, a Mobil gas station that previously sold the $2.04 billion-winning Powerball ticket at Woodbury Road and Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena, Calif., Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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A display panel advertises tickets for a Powerball drawing at a convenience store, Nov. 7, 2022, in Renfrew, Pa. The Powerball jackpot soared to an estimated $875 million after no winning ticket was sold for Wednesday's drawing. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Someone in Washington state overcame steep odds Monday night, Feb. 6, 2023, to win an estimated $747 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery officials did not immediately make an announcement of a winner. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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The display panel advertising the tickets for the Monday Powerball drawing with an annuity value of at least $1.9 billion, are shown at a convenience store, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Renfrew, Pa. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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A customer is handed Powerball lottery tickets to purchased at Lichine's Liquor & Deli in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. The jackpot for Monday night's drawing soared to $1.9 billion after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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'Predatory gambling' has helped the lottery reach sky-high jackpot, critics say

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Rita Ward, left, and Johnny Pelayo compare their tattoos as they wait to purchase lottery tickets for the Powerball lottery at the Blue Bird Liquor store in Hawthorne, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Customers pay for their groceries next to the lottery ticket display showing the jackpot amount for the Saturday, Oct. 29, drawing of the Powerball lottery at a market in Prospect, Pa., Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Sam Safa, of Merrimack, N.H., owns Reeds Ferry Market, where last month's winning Powerball ticket was sold. The prize remains unclaimed, however, as the woman who says she won wants her name kept private. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators protest the police shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. A Justice Department report found the police in Ferguson levied excessive fines for small infractions. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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For Some, Powerball's Promise Wasn't Just A Big Payout — But Stability, Too

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A machine prints Powerball lottery tickets at a convenience store in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Saturday's jackpot has risen to $900 million. Saul Loeb./AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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$900 Million Prize, 1 In 292 Million Odds — And A Few More Lottery Numbers

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