Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?
It’s the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck – really extraordinary luck – you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you’re rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island. The odds of that happening, of course, are astronomical. But tell that to the optimists and dreamers across the country who lined up at gas stations, mini-marts and drug stores Monday for the last-minute buying frenzy in the Mega Millions jackpot. The $586 million prize – the fourth-largest in U.S. history – could grow by tonight’s drawing.