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Giant Powerball jackpots raise fevered dreams of debt-free luxury living, following one’s passions and giving back in very meaningful ways. The following stories provide a reality check on the pros and cons of winning (yes, there are cons), whether you can buy a lottery ticket with a credit card and what you should do if you really do beat all the odds and win.
5 reasons you don’t really want to win the lottery
Buy lottery tickets with a credit card? Probably not
6 steps to handle a sudden financial windfall
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