As explained to me by a math professor, " The odds of winning are the same if you don't buy a ticket"
The odds are indeed astronomical but I figure I spend money on a lot dumber stuff so why not give it a shot!
Tell that to the people who eventually win. :lol: I have never bought a ticket so I dont particularly care, but there's a HUGE difference statistically between 1 in 176,000,000 and completely impossible. The odds are mathematically insignificant, but at least 1 person will win eventually.
This is how I believe the lottery should be run. Have ten drawings, twice a week for $100,000. Run the lotto numbers for each drawing until you have ten winners. That way, twenty people a week get a leg up in the world, not just one person who more than likely can't handle that huge amount of cash and their lives are all screwed up. You can save it for retirement, pay off your house or put a couple of kids through collage. Your life will not have changed too much and you can keep all your friends and family.
Wooohooo I won. I will be at the gun show tomorrow, what can I get for $2.00? (had the mega millions number 23)
I was told once your odds are the same as being struck by lightning. With my luck, I would win, then get struck by lightning. So.......I didn't buy a ticket!
I was in line for 30 mins watching a guy feed the machine $400 buks... So it wasn't a total loss for me...
I heard on the radio that even if you spent like $144 million bucks to buy every possible number combination you would still have a coinflips chance of winning for a profit- that's because if anyone else got the same numbers it would split the prize enough to make it barely profitable and if a couple others got the right digits you'd lose millions...I thought it was interesting anyway
They say winning the lotto is a miracle; I dissagree. Winning the lotto is statistics. A miracle would be winning the lotto without actually buying a ticket. *I* am hoping for a miracle Occasionally I do choose to pay the voluntary poor tax and a buy a ticket but I wasn't going to make a special trip it.
Nope but I don't begrudge those who did if they didn't spend money they couldn't afford to. It's cheap fun, not my cup of tea but rather harmless.