Now that I have your attention....
On this morning's news, they commented that the odds of winning the latest megamillions lottery are 1 in 197 million. According to NOAA, the odds of being struck by lightning in the US alone are 1 in 1 million. That means you can expect to be struck by lightning 197 times before you win that lottery. Kinda puts things in perspective doesn't it?
When I point that out to a friend, his answer is, "Someone has to win it. I have as good a chance as anyone else." So I guess his logic trumps statistics. Since he's an avid football fan, I also pointed out that with a stadium holding an average of 50,000 fans, his lottery ticket is competing with 3,940 stadiums full of people to win that lottery.
He says he spends an average of $5/week on the lottery. His habit has been to buy more tickets with the small winnings he has received, so he's pocketed none of it. He's been doing that for 30 years. If he had put that money away instead (not counting interest) he would have saved $7,180.
Have you wondered where the money goes?
From page 35 of this document on the lotteries in my state (Washington):
Here's a look at the odds on Powerball lotteries: