#55 Powerball Lottery

The Powerball Lottery is an exciting way to lose small amounts of money. If you purchase a $2 ticket, you can pick six numbers: five drawn from 1 to 69, and a sixth “Powerball” number drawn from 1 to 26. The order of the numbers doesn’t matter. If the lottery selects your six numbers, you win $1.586 billion dollars! Except you won’t win, because your odds are 1 in 292,201,338. But if you spent $200 on 100 tickets, your odds would be . . . 1 in 2,922,013. You won’t win that either, but at least you’ll lose 100 times as much money. The more you like losing money, the more fun the lottery is!

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