Hillary: Why yes, I did buy a Powerball ticket

posted at 7:21 pm on January 13, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

As Powerball fantasies go, this one is decidedly … well, there may not be an adjective invented yet to describe it. Americans across the nation have flocked to convenience stores to become part of the record payout in the multi-state lottery, whose jackpot now tops $1.5 billion, according to estimates, and may go higher. Hillary Clinton says she’s not immune to Powerball fever, but her fantasies run on a single track:

Clinton made clear, though, that even a jackpot of that size would not derail her presidential ambitions.

“And if you win?” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos asked.

“Well,” she said, “I’ll fund my campaign.”

Really, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. She stayed married to Bill through the humiliation of his scandals to gain access to power. She and Bill launched the Clinton Foundation to maintain and expand their contacts to donors and allies to gain power. She wrote two memoirs in order to use them as launching pads to gain power. At some point, one has to admire the focus this Powerball fantasy indicates. Hillary sees everything as a lever to gain power. There isn’t any loss of focus from power acquisition to island living, perpetual room service, and endless rounds of golf for Hillary.

Although, come to think of it … that’s a pretty good description of Barack Obama’s presidency, is it not? Hmmmmm.

The most amusing part of this is it wouldn’t be enough anyway. At $1.5 billion, the 30-year annuity would pay $50 million a year before taxes, which would probably eat up at least half. (By the way, that gross is slightly less than the $57 million that the Clintons earned during the four years Hillary was Secretary of State.) The cash-out option — assuming there is one for a prize this large — is $930 million, of which again half or more would go to taxes. Let’s say for the sake of argument that this leaves a half-billion dollars; that might be a lot to dump into a campaign, but it’s not enough to self-fund.

The odds of winning the Powerball are astronomical, somewhere around 300,000,000:1. The only reason to buy a ticket is to allow yourself a fantasy for a couple of days about how you’d change your life, while in reality you’re actually subsidizing one other person’s ability to do so. If the best fantasy you can come up with is enough cash to continue with your present fantasy, why bother to spend the money at all?


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Hillary: Why yes, I did buy a Powerball ticket

…if she wins…she’ll deny it!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 13, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Thank you Lord for this day and this season.

That picture made me laugh.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Shorter Clinton – “If I don’t win, I’ll tax the living hell out of whoever does win.”

Steve Eggleston on January 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Unfortunately, she bought it online, and used her old private server email address to receive the ticket. So now she’s more likely to win the powerball than to be able to find the ticket.

Nephew Sam on January 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

This is what dead broke people tend to do …

ShainS on January 13, 2016 at 7:26 PM

1.5 Billion would go a long way to putting all the money back that they siphoned out of the Clinton Foundation.

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 7:26 PM

The only reason to buy a ticket is to allow yourself a fantasy for a couple of days about how you’d change your life, while in reality you’re actually subsidizing one other person’s ability to do so. If the best fantasy you can come up with is enough cash to continue with your present fantasy, why bother to spend the money at all?

…can you imagine if Ed bought a ticket and won?…how many of us would it take…to clean his shorts?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 13, 2016 at 7:26 PM

If the best fantasy you can come up with is enough cash to continue with your present fantasy, why bother to spend the money at all?

Especially when you have so many fools who’ll fund you already.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2016 at 7:27 PM

That picture made me laugh.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Heh. Looks like a great photoshop job by our buddy Bmore …

ShainS on January 13, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Unbelievable, I thought she was all for the little people? She already has plenty of money that’s she extorted from numerous sources. If she was really a woman of the “people” she should have said, I’d give it to the poor, or donate it to cancer research. Nah, she’d use it for herself, just like she’d use the office of the presidency…for herself. GFY you biatch.

BeachBum on January 13, 2016 at 7:29 PM

I don’t hold with cozenage, gaming, or the devil’s nectar.

Axe on January 13, 2016 at 7:31 PM

She could use most of it for cankle reduction surgery.

RickB on January 13, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Completing the shorter Clinton – “If I do win, I’ll bankrupt all you losers.”

Steve Eggleston on January 13, 2016 at 7:31 PM

That pic looks like about 15 minutes after downing half a bottle of smirnoff.

jaywemm on January 13, 2016 at 7:33 PM

I don’t hold with cozenage.

Axe on January 13, 2016 at 7:31 PM

You don’t like that old black magic.

RickB on January 13, 2016 at 7:37 PM

C.

CWforFreedom on January 13, 2016 at 7:37 PM

You can’t win if you don’t play.

luvntheBIGsites on January 13, 2016 at 7:37 PM

Where is the surveillance video? She’s just like us!! She’s more of a scratch-off kind of gal.

casel21 on January 13, 2016 at 7:38 PM

I can picture Cankles, sitting on the curb at a 7-11 with a bottle of Boones, staring at lotto ticket in one hand and a nude pic of Webb in the other

rik on January 13, 2016 at 7:40 PM

If the best fantasy you can come up with is enough cash to continue with your present fantasy, why bother to spend the money at all?

No kidding! And how about this perspective: The money that has been used to purchase all of those tickets for the Powerball lottery is -after tax- money. In other words, all taxes have already been paid on that money, and it’s the free and clear money being spent.

But once that Powerball has been won, the goverment is there again, to claim nearly half of it in new taxes. How’s that for a well crafted plan by the states and feds for getting back money that could not be gotten originally through taxes, then the feds taxing it as new income taxes? What a scam!

UPNorthWolf on January 13, 2016 at 7:41 PM

I feel bad for democrats. They’re stuck with choosing between an old communist and a criminal.

blink on January 13, 2016 at 7:36 PM

They deserve that and more

rik on January 13, 2016 at 7:44 PM

If I won I’d probably spend 1 or 2 hundred million just destroying these creeps.

Andy__B on January 13, 2016 at 7:47 PM

That would buy alot of Old Crow and support hose.

Chuck Schick on January 13, 2016 at 7:48 PM

I wonder how bad smelling that wig she keeps wearing is at the end of the day.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 13, 2016 at 7:49 PM

The odds of winning the Powerball are astronomical, somewhere around 300,000,000:1. The only reason to buy a ticket is to allow yourself a fantasy for a couple of days about how you’d change your life, while in reality you’re actually subsidizing one other person’s ability to do so.

Well if the odds are 300M:1 and the payout is at least 600M you come out even for a $2 ticket, huh?

Tlaloc on January 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM

I wasn’t aware Satan was eligible to play the lottery.

trigon on January 13, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Dumb b!tch should spend 300 million of the foundations money so shes GUARANTEED to win. But shes too stupid to think of that.

Indiana Jim on January 13, 2016 at 8:03 PM

The most amusing part of this is it wouldn’t be enough anyway. At $1.5 billion, the 30-year annuity would pay $50 million a year before taxes, which would probably eat up at least half. (By the way, that gross is slightly less than the $57 million that the Clintons earned during the four years Hillary was Secretary of State.) The cash-out option — assuming there is one for a prize this large — is $930 million, of which again half or more would go to taxes. Let’s say for the sake of argument that this leaves a half-billion dollars; that might be a lot to dump into a campaign, but it’s not enough to self-fund.

It’s a graduated 30-year annuity that grows at 5% annually, starting off at $22,577,152.62 (before taxes) and ending at $92,930,621.54 in the last year.

Yes, there is a cash option.

Steve Eggleston on January 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Could someone enlighten the troll about taxes?

Steve Eggleston on January 13, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Sadly (or maybe hilariously) she is probably the person who will win tonight. It will just be a way for her to unintentionally troll all of us and pretty much the rest of the 99% she so dearly “cares” for.

SquireB on January 13, 2016 at 8:13 PM

I wasn’t aware Satan was eligible to play the lottery.

trigon on January 13, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Who do you think invented it?

Steve Eggleston on January 13, 2016 at 8:14 PM

What an arrogant idiot this woman is! Like it was ordained by God that she should be President. Here’s hoping she strikes out again.

grumpyank on January 13, 2016 at 8:28 PM

You know what, I genuinely hope she does win. No one would ever believe it wasn’t a set up, and millions of lottery players would hate her forever for it. Like when a foreigner wins the lotto jackpot (very old Married, With Children reference there).

Buckshot Bill on January 13, 2016 at 8:29 PM

“I feel bad for democrats. They’re stuck with choosing between an old communist and a criminal.”

Don’t feel bad for the people who swear you’re their enemy.

grumpyank on January 13, 2016 at 8:31 PM

She needs the cash money so she can bribe OBGYNs to work on her sniz

Mr Soames on January 13, 2016 at 8:31 PM

Shoot cankles, just invest the proceeds from HornDogs speeches to an investment in cattle futures. With your investing acumen you’d be a billionaire in no time.

HumpBot Salvation on January 13, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Mrs. Clinton is a freaking hog. The Clintons always want more of what they already have; more money, more power, more fame, more everything. They’re repulsive, greedy, and full of themselves.

Aizen on January 13, 2016 at 8:55 PM

I’d be happy to see / let her win.

As long as she promises to leave politics forever and never do anything more than vote (1 time) per election cycle. That and pass off the Clinton foundation to some respectable charitable group to run honestly.

It would be worth the $1.5 billion just to avoid the future damage to America she’d do continuing Obama’s legacy.

Oxymoron on January 13, 2016 at 9:28 PM

Another lie. Billary going down to her local 7-11 and buying a ticket. I don’t think so. Besides, she has millions socked away already.

tbear44 on January 13, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Man, that effing mug is just BEGGING for a five finger punch.

msupertas on January 13, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Pretty funny that in an age all agog over all things digital, the only truly random way of picking a lottery number is from a bucket of ping pong balls.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 14, 2016 at 1:12 AM

short, (s)he lied, and (s)he is a fraud.

CivilDiscourse on January 13, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2016 at 2:09 AM

Pretty funny that in an age all agog over all things digital, the only truly random way of picking a lottery number is from a bucket of ping pong balls.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 14, 2016 at 1:12 AM

Not an expert in the field but I’ve been told that random number generators are not technically random because the algorithms are predictable to a certain extent.

blammm on January 14, 2016 at 9:23 AM

The old witch didn’t win. Too bad.

grumpyank on January 14, 2016 at 12:46 PM