The Powerball jackpot Should not be as daunting as it is.
One reason the Powerball jackpot odds are the daunting odds they are, Can be traced to mathematicians, statisticians And other “technical experts”
Searching around through Google, I find that most experts agree: the daunting odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot, is : one in 175 million.
Pretty daunting, ay?
How about this one:
” The odds of you Getting struck by lightning on your birthday is Better than your odds of winning the Powerball jackpot!”
What kind of Nonsense is that?
What do they have to gauge that by?
Say God sits one day and says, “OK, I’m going to start throwing lightning bolts twice a week In forty seven states in America… Striking victims On their birthday.”
This not only Involves you in a real statistic, But involves you in an unwilling statistic on your part, once a year; Happy Birthday!
Let us take a closer look at this:
Suppose you have a habit of swimming In a lake every time it storms. Let us say your neighbor runs into a cellar every time it storms. Would you say the odds are the same For your neighbor as it is for you to be struck by lightning?
How about if you just chose to swim in the lake during a storm on your birthday? Provided a storm would cooperate with you.
Say hello to the memory of Roy Cleveland Sullivan, Born February 7 1912 And died September 28 1989.
Roy was a park ranger Who was struck by lightning 7 times between 1942 and 1977 and survived. 7 documented lightning hits.( Virginia Park Service and Medical Records).
Roy was also attacked 22 times by bears and defended himself by striking them with limbs.
What do you think the daunting odds would have been for him if he had played the lottery?
Unfortunately Roy’s love life was not As remarkable. At the age of 71 Roy took his own life. Apparently over someone he still loved dearly.
How about this one the experts layout for you:
If you put 175 million 1 dollar bills into 2 semi tractor trailers And told to find the one that is marked “winner” In order to win all of them,This is what your odds look like winning the Powerball jackpot.
To begin with, two semi trailer loads of one dollar bills belong to you anyway if they pull up into your yard.
If you have to find a single bill throughout all of that, your neighbors will be more than happy to help you- And their selves, not to mention that you know what the marked bill looks like; It has “winner” printed on it.
Here is my favorite!
” If you buy 126,000 lottery tickets each month, for the next 80 years, Your odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot Will increase by only 50 percent.”
The expert who made that statement, Has in the last decade, Purchased 3 lottery tickets, According to The New York Times. I will not name him, But his initials are :Gary A Lorden .:)
Since the New York Times said that he split the third ticket with his grandson, What are the daunting odds that he won? :))
The experts keep explaining to people how nearly impossible it is to hit the lottery jackpot, And the winners laugh all the way to the Lottery headquarters to collect.
The odds of you hitting the Powerball lottery may very well be one in 85 billion daunting odds against you,
it may be 85 billion daunting odds in your favor!
You have to play to win. What are your daunting odds of winning if you do not play?