Record Powerball Jackpot Dilemma: Buy Ticket or Gas?
Americans have a serious case of lottery fever as we head into the weekend. The Powerball jackpot has ballooned to at least $600 million for Saturday’s drawing, and the Mega Millions jackpot is up to $190 million for Friday’s jackpot! We’ve never seen a pair of lotto jackpots like this at the same time.
30,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 odds!
But what are the odds? The chances of winning either is 1 in 175 million. To put that in context, you’re 250 times MORE likely to be struck by lightning. And the chance of a two-time winning ticket? According to one statistician, a staggering 1 in 30 quadrillion!! Despite the seemingly impossible long shot, people still spend their money on the game.
“Buy me a lottery ticket”
So I was just about ready to leave the gas station Thursday afternoon, when an older couple pulls up to the pumps next to me. They both get out of their car which looks like it’s being held together by duct tape. Here’s how their conversation went:
Him: “I only have four bucks.”
Her: “I want a Powerball ticket.”
Him: “But we need gas.”
Her: “Buy me a lottery ticket!”
Him: “Okay dear.”
I left at that point, but I assume they split their four dollars between half a gallon of gas and a wild dream of winning half a billion dollars in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. Like everyone else, they probably think “Someone’s got to win it, might as well be me.” Even if it means getting stranded on the road after running out of gas.