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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Athletes join in with Powerball hysteria

By Bradley Gelber
Special to ESPN.com

The most recent Powerball jackpot topped out at $579 million, second only to this past March’s grand-prize of $656 million.

While the odds of matching six winning Powerball numbers were tiny at only 1 in 175 million, athletes, like the rest of us refused to be deterred and let their hopes sore (at least on Twitter).

Former WWE World Heavyweight Champ Dolph Ziggler was thinking about the children:

the powerball lottery is 500 million??? finally, its worth playing, right...#RIPyourKidsCollegeFund

— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) November 28, 2012


Steve Ott of the Buffalo Sabres offered photographic proof of the lengths people were willing to go to for their lottery tickets:

Yes I'm in the line of degenerates trying to win the powerball #ComeOnNow #550sheets twitter.com/otterN9NE/stat…

— Steve Ott (@otterN9NE) November 29, 2012


Jose Canseco displayed his off-beat views:

It's nice having clarity in life. Especially after hitting the powerball tommorow. Hit it and quit it

— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 27, 2012


Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, on the other hand, showed why he’s a fan favorite through and through:

I really hope one of my followers wins the 325M dollar Powerball jackpot today. Cause I love you like that.

— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) November 23, 2012


Larry Fitzgerald was also in the business of sharing the love with his fans ... either that or he was just trying to get a whole lot of RT’s:

I bought 3 tix for #powerball. RT this & if I win I will split it with YOU!! All RTs become partners on my tickets!! twitter.com/LarryFitzgeral…

— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) November 28, 2012


Reggie Bush kept it simple… Hey maybe he figured one of his fans can buy back his starting job with the Fins:

Who's playing the power ball lottery?

— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) November 28, 2012


Perhaps the smartest athlete of all was Packers WR Tom Crabtree, who took a cheaper approach which ended up giving him nearly the same odds:

If i win the Powerball it will be a miracle. Because i didn't buy a ticket.

— Tom Crabtree (@TCrabtree83) November 29, 2012


And where would we be without some SEC smack-talk?:

Whoever wins the $500 million Powerball is going to have people complaining they're just lucky and can't beat Alabama or Georgia.

— Jason Gay (@jasonWSJ) November 28, 2012