Powerball & The Wizard of Odds

Like so many others, I purchased the winning ticket at a neighboring 7-11, and by 8 o’clock it was burning a hole in my hand and in my subconscious.  I had spent, donated, paid all my bills and the bills of select family and friends a hundred times over.  I’d established college funds and trusts for my kids and all my nieces and nephews.

Plus, I had millions left over.
It was a good day.

Powerball lines

By 9pm I had investments coming out of my ears and I could finally appreciate the phrase, “It takes money to make money.”  I was truly the luckiest person on the planet.  After winning $580 million dollars, why wouldn’t I be.  Around 9:45pm  I decided I would lay low for awhile.  I wouldn’t claim my winnings right away.  I would make the media sweat it out.  I’d make them wonder just who the newest Power Ball Millionaire was and why was he (or Me) being so elusive.

Around 9:55pm my mind began to wander.  I started to think of all the things I had a better chance of having happen to me…

Becoming an astronaut:  13,200,000 to 1.  I never had any desire, so I’m good.
Becoming president:  10,000,000 to 1.  Are you kidding me?
Spotting a UFO:  3,000,000 to 1.  Very interesting.
Winning an Olympic medal:  662,000 to 1.  Don’t I have to first become an Olympian?
Bowling a 300 a game:  11,500 to 1.  This will definitely not effect my luck; I don’t bowl.
Finding a four-leaf clover:  10,000 to 1.  Even greater for me, I stopped looking a long time ago.
Having my identity stolen:  200 to 1.  Note to self – Remember to shred – shred pile.
Being killed in a transportation accident:  77 to 1.  Morbid to think about, so let’s not.
Getting hemorrhoids:  25 to 1.  TMI
Getting away with murder:  2 to 1.  Good to know… I’m just sayin’…

I didn’t want to go there, but I did.  I thought of the odds.  The odds of me having the winning Power Ball ticket:  175,000,000 to 1 and then, just like that, it was over
5-23-16-22-29 (6).  Nothing.

There are only a few things in life in which you have worse odds in winning (or losing for that matter):

Dying from a shark attack:   300,000,000 to 1
Being killed on a 5-mile bus trip:  500,000,000 to 1
A meteor landing on your house:  182,138,880,000,000 to 1

Powerball Ticket

Hmm…for $580 million dollars 175 million to one isn’t that bad after all.

I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)

14 comments for “Powerball & The Wizard of Odds

  1. December 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Fun post. Guess we all better keep our day jobs 😉

    • December 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      I know that’s right! Some people would call me stupid(me included at times), but I resigned from my position of 19 years as a financial analyst this summer. Oh well, there’s always the next one.

  2. December 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    lmao! so you won right? you won? oh come on tell me you won….oh geeze…that thing gives me a heart attack!

    • December 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Funny! The only thing I won that night was a chance to wake up another day broke as a joke!

  3. December 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Well, it’s always wonderful to dream! Not so much to ponder on statistics!!!

    • December 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      I know it is so nice to play “What If?…” I was an analyst for over 12 years. What can I say old habits die hard.

  4. December 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I love how you have bowling mixed in there with becoming an astronaut and getting away with murder. You covered all of your basis. I like to think about what I would do if I won too and I never even buy lottery tickets. It still feels like it might be possible…someday. We have to be prepared, right?

    • December 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      That’s what makes is so fun (spending the money for “pretend”). This was the 2nd time I bought a ticket. I only play once it draws national attention. I guess for me anything less than $500 million doesn’t seem worth my $2 bucks. LOL

  5. December 11, 2012 at 4:01 am

    OMG, just the thought of it…… Geeeze!
    It’s so much fun thinking of this and I’ve truly, really enjoyed reading your take on it.
    You’re right; what are the changes that you actually win it? Still…..there’s always a small possibility…Thanks for making me smile today 🙂

    • December 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      I am so glad I made you smile. Which in turn, made me smile :)the odds are so great, but someone has to win. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be writing a celebratory post!

  6. December 11, 2012 at 5:12 am

    The only tickets we ever get are the scratch-offs my MIL gives us as stocking stuffers every Christmas, so this was a really funny post for me! I was def living thru you vicariously, friend! And vastly disappointed in your loss. BOOOOO! HISSSSS!

    (I was really pulling for you!)

    • December 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks for rooting for me :)I absolutely got a kick out of the BOOOOO! HISSSSS! I’ve only bought the scratch-offs a couple of times and the most I’ve ever won was a free ticket, but at least it gets you back in the game.

  7. December 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Although I totally appreciate the perspective (and the laugh), I think I’ll keep playing. Just in case I’m that one in . . .

    • December 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Don’t get me wrong, long shot or not, I’ll be line behind you. 😉

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