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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Lines at the gas station can only mean one thing.

Those ping pong balls pinging your way could mean more than a half billion dollars.

The American dream on Wednesday night was hinging on some odds, those of winning, one in more than 175 million.

But you see a couple of years ago a Princeton University study conducted by Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton showed that a person's happiness tipping point was at around $75,000 a
year.

Simply stated, money calms the waters, but doesn't row the boat.

"It helps us to avoid some of the anxiety of life and so on but happiness isn't something you can buy like the old saying goes," St. Thomas University Professor Dr. Robert Kennedy said in agreement with the study's findings.

The study polled 450-thousand people and it found that magic income of 75 thousand was where needs were met, and roads to happiness had to then be found in the priceless points of life like personal relationships.

"I think we all realize those are just temporary satisfactions and that the things that are more deeply satisfying are not the things you buy at a mall get with a check," Dr. Kennedy said.