Playing The Odds

lottery_winnerPictures of people – individuals, families, office workers proudly showing their million dollar checks in lottery winnings make us green with envy whispering to ourselves – “darn, I wish it was me” . Truth is, our minds are clouded by the million dollar bonanza, thinking “if they could win, I could win too “. Bloody right, but in this lottery game, luck is the only game in town. There is no such thing as some numbers having more probability of winning over others. In fact, every number has equal chance of winning so 1,2,3,4,5,6 will have an equal chance as 12,4,42,10,22,36 in a 6/49 lottery (6 out of 49 numbers).

What are the odds in winning the lotto ? Here’s it is :

Lotto 6/49 (6 out of 49 numbers) : 1 in 13,983,816

Super7 (7 out of 49 numbers) : 1 in 62,891,499

Now, since the Super 7 only costs $1 per ticket as opposed to $2 for the Lotto 6/49, you load up on the cheaper Super7 thinking you have more chances of winning. Not quite. Both are rip offs but you are slightly better off with sticking to the $2 tickets if you are playing the odds for a win.

Here’s a glimpse of how ludicrous these lotto odds are :

You have about a 1 in 2,000,000 chance of being struck by lightning.

A pregnant woman has a 1 in 705,000 chance of giving birth to quadruplets.

Someone eating an oyster has a 1 in 12,000 chance of finding a pearl inside of it.

Dream on. Good luck. 🙂


Here’s a line that really makes me irate ” I don’t like to go for physical exam because I’m scared to know that I have a serious illness “.

I’m more incensed with the fact that health care in this country is free, as in zero, nada, zilch ; translated – you have no excuse not to go for the exam. I’m wondering if some people think they’re superhuman or just merely playing caveman, entrusting everthing to their genes for survival. The funny thing is these people take their cars for regular preventive maintenance checks because they hate the idea of their cars breaking down. I wonder what gives them the idea that their bodies are much stronger than aluminum and steel.


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