Friday, October 12, 2007

Lotto Losers

You've been in this situation. We all have. You're on your way to work and stop by a gas station for a few essentials (gas, cigarettes, Slim-Jims, energy drinks, beer?). When you go inside there are ten people standing in line behind one person buying $300 worth of lottery tickets at the one register that's open. Since all of the gas pumps are pre-pay now there's no way you can simply slap the money on the counter and walk out as people are apt to do. The idiot at the counter thoughtlessly buys ticket after ticket, playing them all in turn until they run out of cash.

How is this level of stupidity possible? Obviously these social retards think they have a decent chance of winning. If they had any idea what their probability of winning was there's no way they could spend their entire paycheck on lottery tickets. Assuming they're sane, that is. The weird part is they're obviously not crackheads. Crackheads have other uses for their money, namely crack. At least in casinos there are a few games of skill such as poker. The odds are still stacked against you, but at least they're not distributed between a few million people.

The lottery is a form of entertainment similar to going to see a movie. You go prepared to spend money. You may enjoy the movie, you may not. Lottery should be the same way. You spend a few bucks with the possibility of winning a few. You don't spend your entire paycheck on it. It's great if you have that kind of money to throw around but at least have the decency to do it late at night when the rest of us with jobs have already arrived at work.

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