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Did you buy a ticket?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Key-Hay, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Got mine for the $640,000,000.00.
     
  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    As explained to me by a math professor, " The odds of winning are the same if you don't buy a ticket"
     
  3. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    The odds are indeed astronomical but I figure I spend money on a lot dumber stuff so why not give it a shot!
     
  4. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    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.
     
  6. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Wooohooo I won. I will be at the gun show tomorrow, what can I get for $2.00? (had the mega millions number 23)
     
  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    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! :D
     
  8. bikejunkie

    bikejunkie Salem Well-Known Member

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    Rats- guess I have to go to work tomorrow...
     
  9. GreginWA

    GreginWA Enumclaw, WA Member

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    :( can I return my tickets?.....
     
  10. FA9

    FA9 Hillsburrito, ORgun Well-Known Member

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    I was in line for 30 mins watching a guy feed the machine $400 buks... So it wasn't a total loss for me...
     
  11. bikejunkie

    bikejunkie Salem Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  12. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I wasn't the winner.
     
  13. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    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 :D

    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.
     
  14. DEADTIME

    DEADTIME Coeur D alene Active Member

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    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.
     
  15. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Junction City Active Member

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    Gambling is illegal unless the state is doing it. Wonderful.
     
  16. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    More like being struck by lightning twice.