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So you’re determined to play the lottery tonight, despite the overwhelming odds against winning. I know, $600 million is pretty tempting. But by now you’ve heard your chances are 1 in 175 million. Ronald Wasserstein, the Executive Director of the American Statistical Association, says it’s tough to grasp the smallness of “1 in 175 million” because we never see 175 million distinct objects. Here’s what he writes in a blog for The… Read More

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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… Read More

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Think you can be President in 2016? Of course not. So why are you playing the Powerball lottery this week? You may have heard that the Powerball jackpot continues to climb to new record highs. As of Tuesday evening, the jackpot is at half a billion dollars for Wednesday’s drawing. When else can $2 magically transform into $500 million? You may have also heard the odds aren’t that good to win the… Read More

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Here we go again. Lotto fever is here. The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is expected to reach $425 million! The frenzy to buy tickets for the biggest Powerball jackpot ever is in full swing. Even though the odds of winning it are 175 million to one (I heard you have a better chance of winning an Oscar), that doesn’t stop millions from dreaming. You won? Now do this We’re all winners… Read More

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I’ll preface this by saying I used to live in Vegas. As my wife and I would drive down “The Strip” we’d gawk at all the extravagant and gaudy casino hotels, and would say, “There’s a reason they’re so big and beautiful. They win, and we lose.” Gambling is predominately a losing hand. Period. Horrible odds, but you’ll still play Having said that, the Mega Millions jackpot is sinfully tempting right now…. Read More

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How many of you played the Mega Millions lottery Wednesday for the first time, or first time in a long time, because the jackpot was $380 million?  Yeah, me too. I bet you’re not playing tonight.  For two reasons.

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The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is at that unbelievable amount for tonight’s drawing. Somewhere in the stratosphere of $350 million.  Are you game? I rarely play the lottery for one huge reason:  the odds are horrible.  Also, I used to live in Vegas.  There’s a reason why the resorts are so gorgeous… the house almost always win.

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