If I had all the money I ever spent on lottery tickets… oh wait, I do. You can get better odds in Las Vegas, and that city was built on odds. You want 2 to 1 odds? Go to the racetrack, and you won’t get it there either. [More below the break.]
How about flipping a quarter? 50-50, right? Not if I’m flipping. I can flip heads 20 times in a row, easy. Takes practice, but it can be done. If the bet is, say one penny, and each time it’s heads I win. If you bet double or nothing, by the end of 20 flips (20 losses for you) that’s $0.01 x 2^20 = $10,485.76. Any takers?
“Rock, Paper, Scissors” for money? Heh. Wear a t-shirt that says “SUCKER” on the back and empty your wallet on the pavement instead. It’ll save time.
“Your actual odds of winning the lottery depend on where you play, but single state lotteries usually have odds of about 18 million to 1 while multiple state lotteries have odds as high as 120 million to 1.
“It’s time to take a long hard look at the chances of you winning the lottery. While winning the lottery may be something that you want, to show you your chances we’ll take a look at a number of remote occurrences that you probably wouldn’t like to have happen to you – and probably don’t think will ever happen to you – but are still much more likely to happen to you than winning the lottery.
“How about the classic odds of being struck by lightning? The actual probability of this happening varies from year to year, but as a good estimate, the National Safety Council says between 70 and 120 people a year die in the US by lightning – so let’s take 100 as our base. With the US population being approximately 265 million people, that means that the chances of being killed by lightning are roughly 2,650,000 to 1. Not very likely. However you are still 6 to 45 times more likely to die from a lightning strike than you would be to win the lottery.”
Tell you what. Send me what you pay in lottery tickets, and I’ll double the odds of winning. 200% increase in chances, right? Heh. I’ll give you a t-shirt first. Guess what it says on the back.