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Friday, March 30, 2012

A Snowball’s Chance In…

A customer smiles after receiving a free Mega Millions Lottery ticket from the Hoosier Lottery's Mega Millions mascot at a store in Zionsville, Ind. (AP)

Here’s a depressing Tweet about your chances of winning the Mega Millions.

“If you drive more than a mile to buy a MegaMillions lottery ticket, you are way more likely to die in a car accident than win. Way more.”

Thanks for reminding us ‏@NCMattJ!

As CBS News puts it:

The odds are roughly 1 in 175 million, which — we’re just guessing — are also your odds of being struck by lightning while wearing plaid swim trunks once owned by your grandmother.

Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin Professor says that buying a few more tickets isn’t going to help much, but if you bought 500 million tickets you’d probably win.

The jackpot in the country’s biggest-ever lottery is now up to $640 million, and tickets are being sold in 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Guest:

  • Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin Professor, author of the upcoming “How Not To Be Wrong”

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  • Marty

    People seem to have plenty of money to blow of a lottery. Lotteries are the “new religion” for the masses. Hoping and praying, etc. that they will win with odds at 1 in 176 million.
    As its been said decades ago, you have a better chance at a horse track.

    While the media is more concerned about the lottery, other stories are ignored.
    The typical smoke and mirrors presented to the masses to keep them distracted from their daily grind of attempting to stay out of debt and off the streets. Its called window dressing.

    I would like to see at least one article on the topic of CHEMTRAILS, which falls under the category of Stratospheric sulfate aerosols (geoengineering), or SAG. 
    These chemtrails affect the nation as a whole in more ways than this lottery.

    I see you are at least doing a feature on how banks find ways to obtain more money for their services. Easy solution, pull your money out of the banks and let these banksters suffer and die.

    • Matt

      Chemtrails, really? Post this nonsense elsewhere. 

      • Stan

        You live in a closet Matt. Go outside sometime and look at the skies.
        What a moron.

  • Al

    “We’ve turned into this nation of overfed clowns, riding around in clown cars, eating clown food, watching clown shows. We’ve become a nation of cringing, craven f*ckups.”  James Howard Kunstler, author of “The Long Emergency”

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