08/16/2012 03:01 pm ET | Updated Aug 16, 2012

Powerball Lottery Jackpot: Does It Pay To Buy Into The Frenzy?

Every now and then, we go completely bananas over the lottery.

Even though it's more likely you'll get killed by a falling coconut than win the lotto, sky-high jackpots can make people do utterly insane things, like steal from great-grandmothers or lie about stashing a winning ticket at McDonald's.

This week's $337 million Powerball jackpot -- the fourth-largest cash pile in the game's history -- got us all thinking about what it would be like to win big. As personal finance writers by trade, we at HuffPost Money got into a debate about whether or not it's financially responsible to buy into the hype.

What do you think? Does it pay to buy a lottery ticket?


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