Oddly enough

I never understood when people would say “you’re wasting your money playing the lottery”. They (whoever “they” are) say the odds of winning a single state lottery are about 1 in 18,000,000. BUT…it seems like someone wins every week so why can’t that person possibly be me? They also say the odds of becoming president are 1 in 10,000,000. There is no way I have a better chance of becoming president then winning the lottery…I have to challenge that one. Once in 4 years as compared to every week, plus I’m a woman…my odds go up even more! Here are a few more interesting ones-

Odds of winning an Academy Award: 1 in 11,500
Odds of bowling a 300 game: 1 in 11,500

(exact same odds…have to challenge this one too)


Odds of being murdered: 1 in 18,000
Odds of dying in a car accident: 1 in 18,585

(don’t believe this one either…how can they be that close?)


What are the odds of every person who reads this entry leaving a comment…I think I have a better chance at the lottery!

To read more odds…


6 Responses

  1. Lottery: Someone has to win…maybe one week they will make a mistake and either you or I will!

  2. Lets hope the odds of McCain becoming President are 1 in 30,000,000,000!

  3. The problem with odds is that they are deceiving, for example the “odds” of being murdered vary on where you live and your race.

    The only thing that has odds is gambling. The higher the potential to win the lower the odds. And no I do not play the lottery, and I only gamble at casinos for fun, not actually EXPECTING to win, because I know the odds are against me.

    The whole thought of, “It could be me” is the whole driving force behind the lotto. Sadly it has negative repercussions because a lot of poor people play the lotto (The Super8 or scratchers) with hopes they will win and escape poverty, when in reality the chances are so low they should be spending the money on food and education for their kids. What is sadder is that the state sponsors these programs thus they are helping the cycle of poverty to continue.

    Moral of the story is that, if you can afford to play the lotto then it can’t hurt and it may even be a little fun, but the state sponsored gambling is not necessarily all fun and games

    That is my opinion at least…

  4. The odds of winning the Lottey are greatly reduced by the number of cars you have on blocks in front of your trailer.
    I would be curious to know what the odds of a better life are after you win the big one.
    You hear horrible tales and awful things about the winners to the point that it is almost enough to keep one from buying a ticket.

  5. The confusion you point out when you say that people tell you that you can’t win, and yet someone seems to win every week is very common when it comes to the lotto. The reason for that is there are two sets of odds at play in this situation, the odds that you will win and the odds that someone will win. These sets are very different. For example the odds of one person with one ticket winning (i.e. “you”) are 1 in 18,000,000. Very very bad odds. It is very unlikely that you will win.
    Now for the sake of argument let’s say that in California there are 40,000,000 people and that each of them buys one lotto ticket for next weeks drawing. The odds that you will win have not changed, but because there are only 18,000,000 different combinations of numbers that can be picked, and 40,000,000 tickets have been sold, the odds that SOMEONE will win is almost 1 to 1 (100%). This is an example of how large sample sets (i.e. many people playing) make events that are very unlikely to occur on a small scale (one person) certain to happen.

    All right then, sorry for the egg head stuff, but I loves me them odds….

  6. I’ve winning the lottery with this guide it is amazing hxxp:\\winlotery[com]

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