Is the Lottery for folks who cannot do the Math?

I have read that:

*You stand a better chance of being eaten by a shark than hitting the Lottery.

Okay. Maybe I should play because I am not going on those waters by choice.


*You stand a better chance of being Struck by lightening on a hill standing naked than winning the lottery.


Okay, maybe I should play.I am not going to stand naked on a hill during  a drought, much less during a thunderstorm on my birthday.


* you stand a better chance of becoming POTUS than winning the Lottery.


Okay, maybe I should play! I have to RUN for office to win that, and I ain't gonna. Kudos to Donald Trump.. Hey, got any numbers for me?


*The odds of winning the POWERBALL Lottery is 1 in 192million.


Okay, maybe I should play. When Powerball got to 1.5 Billion dollars, it should not have, right? 1 in 1billion odds!


I know a man who won $20 million in the Florida Lottery. He was already a millionaire, math whiz and successful business man ( I worked for him) he said, " it came at a good time" chew that bubblegum for the mind.: )


You gotta play to win.


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Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 10:47am
Noted! Thanks.
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Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 10:59am
I do not have a PC and this phone must not have the same format. I also am very limited as to what I can post. After a few paragraphs, this phone "times out" and will not " submit " article and neither can I cut, copy and paste.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 11:06am
@autumn, I figured a way to edit. Problem is the page freezes, or will not let me scroll up, other than that this is great smart phone:))
Jeff Jackson Added Jul 7, 2017 - 11:07am
As my professor said, "the lottery is a tax on people who do not understand statistics." Buying one ticket when the odds are ten million to one is the same odds, generally, as buying several hundred tickets. But the convenience stores in the ghetto are the biggest sellers of the tickets. I guess luck is something to dream that will pay off since hard work doesn't.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 11:39am
@Jeff Jackson.. Haha, that made me spit my coffee out. "Tax on the ones who do not understand statistics"
Everybody dreams of being that "one in a million"  Some do just that . your Professor, an accomplished person indeed, was stopping short of a Florida man, Richard Lustig, a confirmed 7 time Lottery winner. He wrote a book about " how to increase your odds of winning the lottery " is not a best seller. The comments I read about his book were " B.S." " Ripoff" and "not worth the money"
All I can say is that at least a confirmed ( newspapers verified) winner says " yes you can" instead of " no, not possible "
There are Two "statisticians" I will not name, who write about the absurdity of playing the lottery, yet research shows that they each have played and twice won. One ( East coast) must have shared sonething with his son, because the son won also.
What is my take on this form of "gambling" I was raised against it and pretty well abode in that teaching. Then one day, and many times after that I watched folks buying cases of beer. Cases of cola, same example , boxes of Cookies, cakes, and huge bags of chips.
One day, a man purchased a lottery ticket at the "devil's corner of the checkout counter and I asked him why he played. His answer. I play for the chance to win. That 64 oz drink has a purpose, but trust me, you are never going to win a prize, that pack of cigarettes? Never. That case of beer? Never.
I spend 6 bucks a week on Lottery. That man over there with 3 kids buying a 12 pack? Think about it "
Lesson well learned. Now my hobby is looming at those statistics.: )
Tom C. Purcell Added Jul 7, 2017 - 11:46am
When I think of "The Lottery", I think of that old story, I think it's a novel... Where each year one person's name is drawn from the community at random, to be stoned to death by the rest of the villagers.  I think it was a means of population control, maybe with an element of religious sacrifice.  I don't remember all the details, just that the "lottery winner" would face a terrible death.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 11:55am
@Tom Percell, thanks for that chill. Haha! I was talking this morning with someone who told me about a movie called "The Island" (?) Where Lottery winners went to Paradise according to the screens set up for viewers, but in reality they were being selected so their body parts could be harvested.
I don't think Richard Lustig, 7 time Lottery winner experienced that..unless his clone has.:))
Leroy Added Jul 7, 2017 - 12:20pm
It's for folks who can't do the math but who can do the meth.
My brother-in-law beats the odds for draws.  He taught me his secret.  It's a surefire way of beating the odds.  It works and it is legal.
At the last jury duty, my name was selected out of the hat twelve times in a row.  What luck!  I was immediately stuck each time.  Better luck.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 12:23pm
@ Leroy, maybe that time your name was taken from a hat 12 times in a row was the time to choose your Lottery numbers ?:)
George N Romey Added Jul 7, 2017 - 12:44pm
There are two kinds of lottery players.  The first one, which is in the minority but the states wants to think are the majority are those reasonably well off for which an extra $10-$20 a week to the lottery isn't much of anything and they think what the hell....  Setting aside not the best use of money.
The other are the desperate poor hoping and praying that maybe, maybe against every odd imaginable they might just win big.  They are the majority. 
Jeff Jackson Added Jul 7, 2017 - 12:51pm
Exactamundo George. People who would be better off saving their money than throwing it at the government, but wait a minute, the government is probably the source of their money anyway. There was a statistics professor in California who won several lottery drawings. Do you know what the stats were of her winning several? The same as her winning the first one. 
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 12:51pm
@George N Romey, thank you for that inobvious obvious insight. May I posture a 3rd below the radar player..a professional one?
He plays every chance and wins enough to live on. Who is he?
He is a statistic and remains one by choice.
Are they real?
Statistically millions of dollars are paid out every drawing. Are they the same $100.00 winners? Perhaps and most likely.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 1:15pm
@Jeff Jackson,  I do not invite anyone to play the lottery.. Ok, I must do just that, I do not hear arguments against the purchase of cigarettes, beer, chips and McDonalds. Surely a parent could best do without these things?
Parent: My smoking only hurts myself - woooosh-(blows smoke) and no one else, wooosh- there is no real proof that my smoking harms my children-wooosh- besides that, what I do is my own business! Woooosh- wooooosh.
You point on the California "statistician" was inteteresting.
Jeff Michka Added Jul 7, 2017 - 4:09pm
If I want to gamble, I'll just open my wallet, pile up a few 1$ bills and set fire to them with the satisfaction they'll keep me momentarily warm. Lottery thinking is what so many "admire" in someone like Trump:  They'll hit it big, and be his guest at Mar-a-loggo next week. Instant celebrity chance is more important than setting money aside in this "culture" or the lack of culture, depending on point of view.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 4:52pm
@Jeff Michka.
Very interesting analogy.
Point very well stated. "Instant celebrity" explains some of the woes that befall some of the winners of large sums of money. Not the winnings, but the instant celebrity pressure maybe?
Jeff Michka Added Jul 7, 2017 - 5:25pm
but the instant celebrity pressure maybe?-Probably, and "expectations."
Leroy Added Jul 7, 2017 - 5:51pm
I use to know someone who played the lottery weekly.  It was just a small amount of money.  It was entertainment.  I don't see a problem with that.   I gambled some in Monte Carlo just to say I did it.  It wasn't much fun or a gamble.  It didn't take long before I hit my limit.
In my youth, I used to play the poker machines.  It was illegal to pay out but all bars did.  If you were a good player, you could come close to breaking even, sometime being ahead, sometimes behind.  I put it down to entertainment.  It was like one day someone flipped a switch.  At that point, it was no fun.  I might as well give my money away.  Haven't played them since.
Tubularsock Added Jul 7, 2017 - 5:56pm
Well shit! Tubularsock took off all his clothes and stood at the very tip-top of the mountain top and DIDN’T GET HIT BY LIGHTING!
So, Tubularsock can’t win the lottery for sure.
But Tubularsock did know a loan shark once. And trust Tubularsock on this, one is plenty!
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 6:08pm
@Leroy. I understand. But in all fairness, I must tell you about "Ron" s professional gambler at  one of the casinos in LA. I worked a couple of weeks for him and learned he made his living at  the pokef table ( Texas holdem) his favorite quote was one I think every Athlete knows, " Winners never quit and quiters never win"
That from a gambler? Hmmmmm!
He also told me that he excels because he wants to.
He said, " If I am not the best, the best sure know me when I walk in!"
I do not say The Lottery is for those who don't know math.. As it is quoted by blog sites. That is absurd, many winners are very good at math and some not so good, but if statistics were correct, there would be no winners. Yet millions are paid out each drawing, true, not many per capita, but how many runners are going to win a race? How many swimmers get the gold?
How many Miners hit the mother lode?
Does all the losers mean one. Who hopes to excel, should just quit?
One person intimated that hard work was what it takes to make money.
He should meet "Ron" and discuss the definition of "Hard Work" :)
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 7, 2017 - 10:38pm
My father always says that the lottery is a tax on stupid people. Seems about right to me. 
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 7, 2017 - 10:43pm
@Jenifer,what then is income tax?
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 7, 2017 - 11:18pm
Income tax is highway robbery, but considering who the robber is, it's probably best to take the hit and pay up. The lottery is voluntary, income tax is not.
My first job was at a convenient store, only worked there a few months. Every single day a stupid woman came in and bought $50 in instant tickets. She never won more than $20, and that only happened a few times. The convenient store was in a very good neighborhood, so I figure the woman had the money to blow. Good thing for her because she must have wasted thousands in just the short time I was there. Just plain stupid IMO. 
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 12:06am
@jenifer. Very interesting indeed. $50.00 everyday seems excessive, in my way of thinking. I once stopped at a fueling center on my bicycle journey and watched a man putting twenty dollar bills in the machine that spins fruit that never line up. He told me he already had $500.00 in it. I felt uncomfortable, walking away without saying something, but I felt better for walking away after the shock word off. it comes...:)
My interest is in those who do win. Many are broke in a few short years.. I get that, Chrysler went broke also..nothing to do with "stupidity"? Wall Street needs federal bailout; nothing stupid here, move on.:)
My question: is the Lottery for those who can't do the math? And is it math a prerequisite to win?
Thousands of people win every drawing- some amount. Millions of not, I get that, but the ones who win... They laugh on their way through the red lights.
Jenifer Frost Added Jul 8, 2017 - 12:16am
Winning the lottery is just dumb luck, there is no strategy for it. It's like standing outside and waiting for a solid gold rock from space to land at your feet. Possible? Yes? Your chances are slim and none. And by slim were talking something like 0.00000015% chances in a million years. So the lottery is probably better odds than that but not by much. Stupid people are people who don't know the math (or don't care) sure. Either way, stupid is as stupid does. If I were a gambler I would stick with something honest with a reasonable chance of winning like poker. But that's just me. 
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 12:57am
@ Jenifer, with poker you can at least get a hand, ay ;))
@ Tubularsock, that is shocking. Maybe you can hit the lottery, not so much had you been struck by lightening.:))
John G Added Jul 8, 2017 - 1:45am
Jackson : Do you know what the stats were of her winning several? The same as her winning the first one. 
You can't be serious. 
Mark Hunter Added Jul 8, 2017 - 3:34am
Never buying a ticket is really screwing up my odds.
Autumn Cote Added Jul 8, 2017 - 7:48am
It lottery costs a buck, who cares if you lose.  The casino is what dumbfounds me.  The person paying for all that you see is, you. 
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 7:50am
Mark Hunter; never buying a ticket ID really screwing up my one and see if your odds of losing are the same...empirical observation..purely academic.;)
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 7:53am
ID= is. This smart phone knows best, I guess. May it "ID" correct. Now where is my loitering ticket?
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:02am
Autumn, the casino. That is an interesting note.: "the person paying for all that,you see, is you." Can you clarify that a bit?
Leroy Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:29am
I agree with Autumn.  A buck to play is entertainment.  Now, if the odds are one in a thousand and the payoff is a million and it costs a buck to play, I would quit my job and play all day long.
About a year ago, I was traveling with a colleague.  He wanted to go to this place billed as the largest casino in the world.  So, we went.  It was row after row of machines.  My colleague put up a hundred bucks.  He got about an hour's playing time out of it.  Expensive entertainment in my book.
It was very sad.  You saw many handicap people playing; many elderly people, many using canes; poor people; religious people; young couples; people like my colleague.  I did see anyone who came across as wealthy.  I am sure some were.  They were like zombies before these colorful machines.  You could tell some people were at home in this environment.  It gave me a sick feeling being there.  I couldn't bring myself to even put up ten bucks to say I gambled there.  Yeah.  All the millions of dollars worth of machines were paid for by these people.  They control the odds and how much you win.  The house ALWAYS wins.  You can't beat the odds in the long run.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:40am
@Leroy. That is indeed a story of pitiable people. What a strong sense of culpability it arouses.
Leroy Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:48am
At some point, it makes sense to play.  That point is when the expected return exceeds the costs to play.  The expected return is the hard part.  What is it?
Maureen Foster Added Jul 8, 2017 - 9:06am
The people that pay for all that bling at the casinos are the one's gambling.  So losing $1 on Powerball is a pittance to what people are losing when they go to the Casino.  
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 9:12am
Maureen. Good point. I guess people decide how much to throw into a "wishing well" :)
Doug Plumb Added Jul 8, 2017 - 12:55pm
This is a true story.
  A casino just opened up in town and I work at a temp agency for manual labour, mostly on construction jobs. (I don't actually mind doing the job because it changes every day and lets my mind dream up stuff for you tube videos).
  The casino opened up about a month ago, and I've heard several people say that they keep on winning and I thought, "well OK, the casino is new and they want people saying good things so they improve the odds a bit on the machine, lose a few million.
  But they kept saying it a month later. So I'm talking with one of these guys and I ask him how much he won at the casino last night. He says something like 80 bucks. So it just dawned on me - I have to ask how much he spent. So the answer was $120.00. How he won 80 bucks is totally beyond me. So I asked someone else - same kind of answer.
  We are in serious serious trouble.
Doug Plumb Added Jul 8, 2017 - 12:57pm
I looked at that book on lotteries a long time ago, thought about it and decided that it was nonsense. Maybe I was wrong.
opher goodwin Added Jul 8, 2017 - 3:25pm
Playing the lottery game or believing in god - it's what the poor do. They are just buying hope.
Mark Hunter Added Jul 8, 2017 - 5:04pm
Dannl, I bought a ticket several years ago, and still didn't win--does that count?
The thing with me is that not only does it seem like a waste of time, but I get no enjoyment out of any form of gambling, so it just seems to make no sense to do it. On the other hand I'm a volunteer firefighter, so maybe that's gambling enough.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 8, 2017 - 5:11pm
@Mark, I don't think any Lottery player Win or not, rushes in to the heat you do. So your "number" might come up one day.. But On a different ticket.,;) God bless!
Mark Hunter Added Jul 8, 2017 - 5:14pm
That's one ticket I hope doesn't get punched!
MJ Added Jul 9, 2017 - 5:58am
Dannl, I think the lottery feeds a special need---compulsive gamblers that cannot help themselves. Lunatics!
My ex-husband was mesmerised by horses so much so that one July he bet his full salary on one horse ---that horse is still running.
Afterwards, he tried to recuperate the money by losing some more.
Gambling is gambling whether lottery or horses, same difference.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 9, 2017 - 7:22am
To your title. Yes, but that's not the point. Hope is stronger than logic.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 9, 2017 - 9:18am
@MJ. I see.
The cross you bear seems heavy indeed. It appears that you are a victim of a victim, if that makes sense.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 9, 2017 - 9:20am
Hope is stronger than logic.
Succinctly stated.
Leroy Added Jul 9, 2017 - 9:50am
The Chinese are notorious gamblers.  Mahjong is the game of choice.  It can go on all night long.  Once it starts, you don't dare get up from the table, else you lose your seat, not even to take care of personal business.  You are either winning, driven by greed, or you are losing and trying to win it back.  It is rapid fire, much faster than poker.  There are machines that shuffle the tiles to make the play even faster.  Once my wife gets started, she becomes a maniac.  She is a risk taker, often going well against the odds, but, she is successful.  But, her greed gets the best of her when she is up big.  She often ends up in the hole.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 9, 2017 - 10:13am
@Leroy. "The Chinese are notorious gamblers"
Very interesting, Leroy. I have email from friends who tell me the exact things about Koreans, and Vietnamese.
"Notorious gamblers"
They also have a different view on chance, numbers, fate, things like that.
I wonder if games of chance are "linked" to our acceptance- or lack of- of our fate?
Perhaps one gambler wants to change his fate.. But his fate is to take risky chances? Haha.
A motor cycle daredevil I talked with years ago. (No amount of his considerable damages would deter him)
Told me the damages were immaterial, though every bone in his body that could take a surgical pin had one, he was going to continue his performance.
On this side of that great risk,we find the gambler,who, often destroys his relationship with others , as what happened to MJ, by her Husband.
Maybe, instead of my article being " is the Lottery for those who can't do the math? "
It should be " Is Lottery for those who have no Mahjong? " :)
MJ Added Jul 9, 2017 - 10:19am
Dannl, I don`t bear a heavy cross--I had a lucky escape!
I wanted to add, it is not about doing the math, it is a sickness.
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 9, 2017 - 10:26am
@MJ. Good for you.
Maybe it is not the math.. The numbers don't add up.;)
Leroy Added Jul 9, 2017 - 10:31am
"They also have a different view on chance, numbers, fate, things like that."
That's for sure, Dannl.  One of the things you will notice is the number 6.  Six is for luck, IIRC.  The more sixes, the better.  Eight is for wealth.  Four is for death.  Most buildings don't have a 4th, 14th, or 24th floor, or an apartment number containing a four.  I was told a story yesterday about a man beaten nearly to death and left naked on the sidewalk with only his wallet and cell phone.  He demanded compensation.  They paid him 400 RMB.  It was meant as an insult.  I almost made this mistake in giving hongbao to a couple getting married.  Fortunately, I realized my mistake in time.  I would have been forever on their bad side.  Fate is another.  If you talk about it, it means you want it to happen.  If it happens, you become a Black Crow.  Life insurance is unpopular because it means you will die or want that person to die.  If I start talking about planning for my demise, my wife gets upset because she believes it will happen.  If you put on your seatbelt, it means that you will have an accident.  The driver might use a seatbelt to avoid the buzzer, but no one else uses it.  I put on my seatbelt in the back seat one night.  Everyone laughed.  I asked my wife what everyone was laughing at.  "Stupid American is afraid to die."
Dannl Yoder Added Jul 9, 2017 - 10:37am
@leroy " stupid American is afraid to die "
I spit my coffee out!
That was very interesting read,also
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 9, 2017 - 11:05am
You know, even in Senegal it's compulsory now to put a seat belt on - even in the back ! But then......90% of the cars are too old to have them installed :-)
Leroy Added Jul 9, 2017 - 11:24am
I'll tell you another crazy story.  My wife was convinced she would have a baby girl because she craved spicy food.  So, she made this deal with me.  If it is a girl, she gets to name her.  If it is a boy, I get to name him.  She was quite confident.  It was a boy.  She asked the favor of letting her parents give him a Chinese name.  I agreed.  On to the naming.  Every name I brought forward such as James or Charles that ended in the "s" sound and was vetoed.  How she acquired veto rights, I will never understand.  I suggested calling him Charlie, but that didn't work either as it meant to hang or strangle someone or to be strangled.  Every name had some negative connotation.  Finally, I gave up and decided to just call him the same thing in English as we do in Chinese.  It causes him less confusion.  It's easy to pronounce and is the same as a common surname.  It is popular today to give children surnames for given names.  Of course, kids are never called by their real name.

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