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  1. markluke

    markluke Well-Known Member

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    Did you buy your Powerball ticket? Even though it's a sucker's bet imagine being able to have that kind of fuck-you money.

    It's almost enough fuck you money to set up a fake show and then hire Gary, Jon Hein and a bunch of other assholes, just to berate them and then fire them. Actually, if you did it right, it'd be tax deductible and you'd make money on the deal.
     
  2. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...i bought 5 for 10 bucks. somebodys got to win it even if the odds are 1 in 175 million. id be happy with 50 grand or 50 dollars for that matter. i only buy them when the pot is high. so far ive won 2 dollars.
     
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    You have a one-in-175-million chance of winning Wednesday night’s ever-growing $485 million Powerball lottery jackpot. The odds of winning a $1 million second prize is one in 5.15 million.

    And that’s without having to share the pot.

    Equally sobering, lotteries tend to only pay out an average of 25 cents to 50 cents per dollar played, says Mike Catalano, the head of the math education department at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. That makes the payouts in Las Vegas look positively rich by comparison.

    Still playing? Yes, a win could change your life. But to put into perspective just how rare that is, here are some things that are (lots) more likely to happen to you:

    Die or kill someone while driving 2 miles to buy your Powerball ticket: 1 in 33,333,333. An estimated 32,850 people were killed in U.S. traffic crashes in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That translates into about 1 in 10,000 people in the U.S. per year.

    Be attacked by a shark: 1 in 11.5 million, Catalano says.

    Be on an airplane flight that results in at least one major fatality when flying with one of the world’s 78 major airlines: 1 in 3.4 million. Surprised? “People are terrible judges of risk,” says Philip Dixon, a statistics professor at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

    Make a half-court shot in one of those halftime competitions: Just one in 50, says Chris Hamman, the odds assessor at SCA Promotions in Dallas, which runs all kinds of games and contests. And that excludes anyone who played high school basketball within the last five years. Even making four straight half-court shots is more likely than winning the lottery, he says. He estimates that 10 to 20 people make the shot every year, though the prizes don’t compete with Powerball.

    Overall, you have a one is 31.85 chance of winning something in Wednesday’s lottery. The smallest prize is $4.
     
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  4. markluke

    markluke Well-Known Member

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    My position is that once the pot is above $350 million ($2 x the odds) then it's worth it.
     
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    oski Jump For Cock

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    the problem with that theory is that there are usually multiple winners when it gets to that size.
     
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  6. markluke

    markluke Well-Known Member

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    From an actuarial stance you're absolutely correct. But winning a lottery (or even a substantial prize like $10,000 or more) is a pleasant upside rather than the downsides of being bitten by a shark. Plus, if you don't go into the water you won't be bitten, and if you don't buy a ticket you can't win.
     
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    if i win you all can split the dough when i overdose the next day
     
  9. markluke

    markluke Well-Known Member

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    I guess I'll have to suffer splitting the prize 3 ways then :beer:
     
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    Thikken Vaney What's everyone looking at?

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    Well... you cant win if you don't play.

    Fun facts;

    Odds of winning the lottery - 1 in 176 Million

    Death by Vending Machine
    Odds: 1 in 112 million

    Dying in an Airline-Related Terrorist Attack
    Odds: 1 in 25 million

    Having Identical Quadruplets
    Odds: 1 in 15 million

    Dying From Bee, Hornet, or Wasp Stings
    Odds: 1 in 6.1 million

    Becoming a Movie Star
    Odds: 1 in 1,505,000

    Dying in a Plane Crash
    Odds: 1 in 1 million

    Death by Flesh-Eating Bacteria
    Odds: 1 in 1 million

    Getting Struck by Lightning
    Odds: 1 in 1 million.

    Dying in a Bathtub (unless you are related to Whitney Houston or Bobby Brown)
    Odds: 1 in 840,000

    Dying in an On-the-Job Accident
    Odds: 1 in 48,000

    Dying in an Asteroid Apocalypse
    Odds: 1 in 12,500

    and the best one...

    Dying in a Car Accident (perhaps on your way to buy a Powerball ticket)
    Odds: 1 in 6,700
     
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    Oh, i get it...My SO won a big scratchoff but the odds were only 1:3.4 mil....I get a kick out of people who don't play until it gets into the 100's of millions, like 3 million isn't worth a coupla bucks
     
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    Nope, I bought a bag of teriyaki beef jerky and a diet sprite with that money.
     
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  13. markluke

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    If you're going to play when it's $3 million, you're better off with the state Lotto where the odds are better and the ticket price is $1. I normally don't buy tickets at all, but like all the sheep will jump on the bandwagon when there is a big prize - the dreaming alone for entertainment value makes it worthwhile.
     
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    Odds of an actuary actually getting laid - infinitesimal.

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    Lambs being led to slaughter
     
  16. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...its not worth it when it 3 million because the odds are the same. when the value is 100's of millions its easier to take the 2 dollar "risk". i can remember large pot lotteries being split between more than 1 winner and the winners were separated by states they werent co workers who pooled their money to buy tickets. im just working on trying to win more than 2 dollars. :bigcry:
     
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    As infrequently as I play if I win my money back I'm happy. And if I don't I'm not spending rent money on it.
     
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    that money is as good as mine..
    i already punched my boss.. and told everyone i love to fuck off it is my money

    :up:
     
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    Are you talking Powerball or lottery in general? The regular lottery odds aren't 1 in 175 million
     
  20. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...im the same way. i grew up in a gambling town and never acquired the desire to gamble. when there 100s of millions up for grabs i can see spend 20 bucks and not giving a fuck but im not going to buy a thousand dollars worth of tickets.
     
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