April 11th, 2012 @ 10:23AM
|My standing rule is I'll pay for one and only one line of numbers if the jackpot is at least $10 million (in Canada our lotteries are much smaller but then again it's not taxed so we can keep all the winnings). |
Yes, I know the odds are against me but the fact is somebody will eventually get it so it may as well be me.
Is it a waste of money? Not anymore than any other vice people indulge in. I look at it as just another form of gambling. Expect the house to win. As long as you're having fun and you have the money to spare, have at it.
April 9th, 2012 @ 8:17AM
|You gotta buy into the pool though....Even though the lottery is a scam and even though someone might take the money and run...you HAVE TO buy into the pool :)|
...Can you imagine the feeling if your office won and you didnt throw in the $5 bucks? And everyone you know is rich and quits their jobs and you are stuck working with all new people (or worse your office gets closed because everyone quits).
You might say you could live with it, but you're lying, it would haunt you forever. It's worth the money just as insurance against that.
Red State Cowboy
April 5th, 2012 @ 2:10PM
|I bought 12 - each one tasted better than the last. Of course I'm talking about beers, the lottery is for people bad at math, or Stanford mathematics doctorates that have a system in place (we have a winner in Corpus here that's hit like 4 times). I'd rather work for my money. That much money at one time is corrupting. Hell anything over a million would corrupt a person that thought it was all the money in the world.|
And apparently this Maryland woman is hoaxing? Honestly, I think if you screwed your coworkers out of their ticket with that lame excuse I would watch my back until the day I died. So many lotto winners come up dead.
If you ever do win, the best thing in the world is to 1) Find a good estate lawyer 2) Don't change anything about your life immediately 3) Collect the money and disappear without anyone knowing you won except close friends and relatives - and even they are suspect because they could come trying to challenge the winnings.
March 30th, 2012 @ 8:58PM
|If you spent that much money buying up every combination, you`re running a big risk that someone else will randomly win as well and end up splitting the pot.|
I think winning a jackpot such as that has as good or better of a chance of turning your life miserable as it does making it great.
Right Wing Extremist
March 30th, 2012 @ 6:18AM
|Well you can call it many things. And yeah I know there are ways to beat certain lotteries that are statistically flawed or have certain periods of time where the payoff is statistically higher than the cost to play.|
That being said, unless you really enjoy the excitement of repeatedly getting your hopes up (no matter how misplaced) and getting them crushed, there is no reason to play the lottery.
Long story short: Play it because you enjoy playing, not because you have a "chance" to win anything.
Red State Cowboy
March 29th, 2012 @ 11:15PM
|Actually Chark, the lottery is a tax on people that are bad at math.|
We have a lady here in Texas however that is good at math and won several times. Only requires a Stanford education in mathematics however.
And for the record I will waste that money on beer, at least I'll get something for my money.
EDITED: 2012-03-29 23:16:26