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Open Phones: How Detailed Are Your Lottery-Winning Plans?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pedro Quezada from Passaic just won over $330 million from Powerball and, so far, hasn't announced his plans beyond buying a new car and never getting up at 5AM to open his bodega again.  What about you? How detailed have you gotten in what you'd do with future winnings?  Are you like the school principal on a recent This American Life episode who can go on for minutes with how you'd solve your community's problems with the money?  Do you have a long, long shopping list?  Share your plans, call 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

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The Takeaway

If We Had a Billion Dollars, We'd Buy Unicorns and Trips to Space

Thursday, November 29, 2012

This week, the Powerball reached $550 million, the highest it's ever been. And last night, two lucky ticket holders - in Missouri and Arizona - won the jackpot. But how does one even begin to spend $550 million? The Barenaked Ladies came up with a pretty good list of what they'd buy if they had $1 million. And it got us to thinking: What if we remade their song, but replaced word "million" with "billion." And so we have, with the help of Takeaway listeners, real people on the street, and fun facts about how much you can really buy for a billion dollars.

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