[ExI] What would you do if you won the billion dollar plus MegaMillions Lottery, and are lotteries a bad thing?
atymes at gmail.com
Tue Oct 23 02:33:37 UTC 2018
So what I want to know is, how hackproof are these lotteries? If you
could rig the win and no one picks up that it's rigged, you've got the
pot, free and clear. These really big pots seem like they'd be worth
some criminal mastermind's time to rig - just once, so they don't get
caught from repetition (a gamble in itself).
I am well aware that such a "hack" would involve physical interface to
the machines, making it more like a heist. But for tens or hundreds
of millions of dollars per participant, one could get some pretty
skilled talent. Why hasn't any such group cashed in before the pot
got this large?
On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 5:45 PM John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The three big discussion points for lotteries seem to be, what would you do with the money if you won, what are the odds of winning, and are lotteries a bad thing?
> Personally, I would like to think that I could enjoy life more than I do now, if I won the l.6 plus billion lottery. I have two huge zeppelins built! And with one, I would take it from city to city, where science fiction and fantasy conventions would be held on board my aircraft! The second zeppelin would be loaned to the Doctors without Borders nonprofit organization, to aid them in their work with the poor and sick.
> I realize many people have allowed lotto wins to ruin them, and there are countless stories about this phenomena.
> I have a friend who likes to say, regarding the odds of winning, "I am just giving the universe a chance to be extremely nice to me, if it so chooses!" Lol
> The funds for lotteries seem to go towards worthy beneficiaries, like the arts. But certainly, gambling addiction can be a problem for some.
> Anyway, let me know what you think... : )
> "In the middle of the 20th century, when lotteries first started in the U.S., they were sold to states as a way to benefit the American public. That suggests that bigger and bigger jackpots should mean more tax dollars to spend on public services like education. But that isn’t happening. So what’s really going on?
> First, let’s look at how lottery jackpots got so big. This particular jackpot started at $40 million in July, and week after week, no one drew the winning numbers, but the tickets keep getting bought.
> You too have the chance to win the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever with the simple purchase of a $2 ticket. However, your chances are pretty slim. With a 1 in 300 million chance of picking the matching numbers, you are three times more likely to be killed by a vending machine. An easier way to really wrap your head around your chances: It’s like flipping a coin and getting heads 30 times in a row."
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