1. tom says:

    Sounds like more propaganda from them Lottery Deniers. Play on!

  2. von Hindenburg says:

    Every so often, my wife and I will buy a ticket when it goes above $500 million or so. We know we’re not buying a real chance at fantastic wealth. We’re buying the right to a few hours of entertaining discussion about what we’d do with the money if we did win.

    Personally: Street cars.

  3. The Shadow says:

    Hoping to win the lottery is a bit like hoping to get struck by a meteorite – it’s not going to happen, and even if it did, you probably aren’t going to enjoy the results.

    Because if you’re dumb enough to spend dollars on lottery tickets rather than doing something relatively practical like burning them to heat your home, you probably aren’t smart enough to handle millions of them anyway.

  4. I worked in a place where people discussed what they would do with a big prize all the time. I learned quickly not to inform them that this was a tax on people who can’t do math. Some did understand my point that for most of us, winning a couple of million was as good as winning a hundred million. How many meals are you going to eat in a day?

    But an elderly psychologist, who very much could do math, pointed out that it was a good deal for him. He had enough money to be moderately comfortable “unless I live longer than 97,” which he was unlikely to as a smoker. But even though he knew that the mostly outcome over time was that he would lose his money, “It’s actually my best chance of getting a million dollars.” I didn’t have a good answer for that.

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