Leave it to CNN to be all Debbie Downer, fun-sucking dream smashers. How? By explaining how neither you nor I will win the $500 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday night.
Oh, CNN said “someone will win at least a share of the prize, if not Wednesday, then in some subsequent drawing. But it won’t be you.”
Well, we aren’t stupid. We know winning is all in the math – statistical odds that are so not in our favor. But will those horrific odds stop you from buying lottery tickets? Doubtful.
According to CNN, our chance of winning the $500 million jackpot is “1 in 175,223,510.” I still want a ticket. You?
The article goes on to point out a whole slew of more likely scenarios that can happen to us before we would ever hit the jackpot, like:
– Dying from being struck by lightning: 1 in 3 million.
– A golfer hitting a hole in one on consecutive par-3 holes: 1 in about 156 million.
– Hitting a deer with a vehicle in Hawaii, the state where State Farm says deer-vehicle collisions are least likely: 1 in 6,267.
You get the idea.
Now, since CNN realized we are still going to take our chances on beating the ridiculous odds, it included a video explaining the basic legal do’s and don’t’s of office pools — which you should probably take seriously because people get very Mr. Hyde-like when mega-millions are up for grabs.
For more depressing information on how you simply can’t win the $500 million, read the CNN article here.
For ways to protect yourself from co-workers freaking out if you should win the Powerball lottery, watch this: