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Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?



Published: Tue, December 17, 2013 @ 12:57 p.m.

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.


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1123goz(539 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

One thing is certain, as they say, 'you can't win if you don't play'.

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2indycolt(5 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

if I don't win I hope whom ever does enjoys my 25 bucks.

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3papa1(646 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

by adding a number they've decreased peoples' chances from highly unlikely to absolutely impossible. why hand someone such an absurd amount of money that very few have no idea what to do with? why not put a cap on winnable money. can people live on ten million cash? chances of winning would greatly increase. and what happened to all the money they were going to help schools with? this sounds like a scam.

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