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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is preparing for the playoff game against the Cardinals this week - and also playing the lottery. (PHOTO: Jim Biever/

Aaron Rodgers playing Powerball, would buy an NHL team if he won

GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers has one Super Bowl ring, two NFL Most Valuable Player trophies, a celebrity girlfriend and an average annual salary of $22 million.

But even a man with everything wants more, and thus the Packers' superstar, like so many others, is playing the Powerball lottery.

At his locker on Wednesday, Rodgers said he had gotten his tickets and would be tuning in to watch that night's drawing, for which the jackpot was up to a record $1.5 billion.

"I do play," Rodgers said. "Why not?"

And naturally, the acute quarterback with the steel-trap memory knew off the top of his head the odds of winning. "I mean, come on, everybody's got the same opportunity, one in 292 billion – or million, sorry, 292 million."

So what would Rodgers, who in 2013 signed a five-year, $110 million contract extension, do if he won the grand-prize money?

"Buy an NHL team," he said with a grin.

The Powerball drawing is Wednesday night at 10 p.m. CT. Rodgers and the Packers, coming off a Wild-Card Playoff win last week against Washington, are preparing to face Arizona in the Divisional Round on Saturday night. Hopefully for Green Bay and its fans, the quarterback won't have retired and moved to his own island by then.


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