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Pat McMahon

The winning Powerball was in Arizona? It has to be me

So they've found that there were only two winning Powerball tickets for the nearly $600 million dollar jackpot: one in Missouri and the other here in Arizona.

Just like everyone else, the moment I heard there was a winning ticket right here in this state, maybe in Phoenix, maybe right down the block, maybe me, I instantly lost all semblance of rational thinking and most of my values.

Let's see...naturally, I'll take the lump sum so my half would be cut to about $150 million That's not a bad return for two minutes at a convenience store.

I love my country and will gladly pay my taxes. Besides, if I didn't, they would send me to prison.

So I still wind up with around $95 million; $95 million to spend or to divide up among my relatives.

No! $95 million to spend. Let's see last I'm going to get...what? Fountain Hills? I didn't buy a ticket in Fountain Hills.

The winner is there? That's not fair. They have all that pretty water in the air and Joe Arpaio lives there. What am I left with?

I guess plans to buy another Powerball ticket for this Saturday.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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