posted on Aug, 30 2010 @ 03:07 PM
I spend no more than $5 to $10 a week on MegaMillion and Powerball (New York has both now) combined, depending on how big the jackpots are. I don't
do any other gambling, and I don't have any other vices save eating too many sweets (only a social drinker, don't smoke, don't do drugs). I figure
the enjoyment I get out of imagining all the things I'd do with the money should I win is worth the price of admission.
The odds of winning are astronomically small. Figure there's about a dozen big winners a year on Power Ball or Mega, each and each one has odds in
the 1 in tens of millions. It's very unlikely anyone will win, which is why you've never met any who have.
I have been to shops where winning tickets have been sold for some pretty big lottery jackpots. They like to advertise this, which brings in more
business from people thinking it's a lucky shop - some shops have had multiple wins because of the added business from having one winner.
Odds of a shop selling a winning ticket are much higher, of course, because for every couple thousand tickets sold, there's a single shop selling
them. The shops get a bonus when a winning ticket is sold at their shop. I think it's something like 1% of the jackpot, but a 1% bonus on a $100
million jackpot is nothing to sneeze at, of course. Heck, 1% of $1 million ain't too shabby.