Proper Lottery Etiquette

All you need is a dollar and a dream – that’s the motto of every lottery player. Yet, some folks still don’t quite grasp the game. Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips for handling the Mega Millions. 

Richie Frieman
Episode #195

Tip #2 – It’s an Equal Playing Field

As I mentioned earlier, the chance of winning the Mega Millions is about 167 million to 1. So it’s an equal playing field for us all.  When you are buying your tickets, don’t get mad that someone in front of you is hogging all the numbers. Earlier this week, I was in line at the grocery store and this guy in front of me bought $100 worth of tickets. The woman behind me – who only planned on buying $5 worth – kept ranting about how unfair that was. Really? No matter how rich you are, no matter how tough you are, or even if you were voted “Best Body” in high school, we all have the same (bad) chances of winning the lottery. Yeah, yeah, yeah, some people can buy more tickets than others, but in reality, does it matter? I mean, how often do you hear lottery winners say, “Well, I bought $5,000 worth of tickets and that’s why I won”? Not very often. It’s always some guy or gal in the middle-of-nowhere with a random story like, “Well, I was stopping for gas, and needed some gum, so I figured, why not?” 

So, when you go to buy your tickets, don’t worry about how many are being purchased. As I said, everyone has the same chance. And if you have to split $500 million with – GASP! – one other person, I think you’ll be okay. Plus, according to The Daily Beast there are some other things that all have an equal chance of happening to us, with better odds than the lottery:

1. Odds of death by vending machine: 1 in 112 million

2. Odds of having identical quadruplets: 1 in 15 million

3. Odds of becoming president: 1 in 10 million

4. Odds of becoming a movie star: 1in 1.5 million

5. Odds of dying in an asteroid apocalypse: 1 in 12,500 (this one is way too close for my taste!)

As you can see, there’s a much better chance of you becoming the next Julia Roberts or Bruce Willis and flying a spaceship to an asteroid destined to collide with Earth, than there is of you winning the Mega Millions. So don’t sweat it.


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Richie Frieman
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