Do you play or ignore the lottery?

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In late March 2012, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot was up to a staggering $600 million, the largest jackpot ever. Do you play or refrain from buying tickets? Why?

Share your insights on the wisdom or folly of playing the lottery. Do you buy tickets for the fantasy the jackpot represents? Do you know anybody who has won a jackpot?

What's going on in your life that makes it worth it to plunk down a dollar or more (in some cases a lot more) for lottery tickets?

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