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4 days ago  
I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.
 
4 days ago  

NeoCortex42: I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.


Heck, I think it would be better to have a bunch of $2 million winners than a $300 million winner.
 
4 days ago  

downstairs: NeoCortex42: I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.

Heck, I think it would be better to have a bunch of $2 million winners than a $300 million winner.


I can see an argument for it being at least to the point where the take home is $10M+.  That's at least "never work again in your life as long as you don't fark up too badly" money.  Every state already tends to have their smaller million dollar or so local drawings.  Honestly, once you hit about $50M or so, is there any real difference between that and winning half a billion to the average person?
 
4 days ago  
Are we sure this is accurate, since it is being reported by a website that is apparently from 2003.
 
4 days ago  
The Lottery: For white trash who feel like its somehow wrong to simply flush money down the toilet.
 
4 days ago  
I would have preferred they add a thunderdome aspect.  For every two winning jackpots the winner or winners of one are pitted against the winner or winners of the other jackpot.  With the winner or winners of the thunderdome taking home both jackpots.   Even if an entire pool of twenty people won the jackpot and the next jackpot was a single person. In that case the pool winners would hang back a little hoping the singleton would take out some of the people on their side, since once the singleton is killed, the thunderdome is over.  Hell, some of the pool might temporarily alliance with the singleton so they could help take out some of their cowinners.  And the singleton would accept the help, because then they would have a better chance at taking out the entire pool.

It could have been glorious.
 
4 days ago  

downstairs: NeoCortex42: I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.

Heck, I think it would be better to have a bunch of $2 million winners than a $300 million winner.


I like where this is heading. I think I may have a plan to take it all the way to MILLIONS of non-$2 losers each drawing, but I want to check my math before sharing it.
 
4 days ago  

downstairs: NeoCortex42: I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.

Heck, I think it would be better to have a bunch of $2 million winners than a $300 million winner.


I think the poorest should be declared winners and it distrubted among them.  Affluent players can be engouraged to increase their odds of winning my donating their wealth to charity.
 
4 days ago  

dothemath: The Lottery: For white trash who feel like its somehow wrong to simply flush money down the toilet.


People I know who play the lottery regularly have reached a level of desperation where they legitimately believe that it is their best shot at financial success.

/Given rap sheets, inability to keep a job, and various undiagnosed mental illnesses, they aren't always wrong IMO.
 
4 days ago  

NeoCortex42: Honestly, once you hit about $50M or so, is there any real difference between that and winning half a billion to the average person?


If a million dollars gets you two chicks at the same time, does $50 million get you 100 chicks at the same time?  Asking for my neighbor.
 
4 days ago  
I normally would be interested, but Melinda Gates is soon to be single.
 
4 days ago  
An extra chance would be if your ticket was good for a second chance drawing. This is a completely separate drawing, so this is just an opportunity to lose more money each week.
 
4 days ago  

dothemath: The Lottery: For white trash who feel like its somehow wrong to simply flush money down the toilet.


User name checks out.

And while I'm quite familiar with the probability calculations, for me, spending $2 for a few minutes of hope that I will never have to work again is a bargain.  And the ~$10 a year I give to the lottery commission isn't going to impact me to much.
 
4 days ago  

Craw Fu: dothemath: The Lottery: For white trash who feel like its somehow wrong to simply flush money down the toilet.

User name checks out.

And while I'm quite familiar with the probability calculations, for me, spending $2 for a few minutes of hope that I will never have to work again is a bargain.  And the ~$10 a year I give to the lottery commission isn't going to impact me to much.


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4 days ago  
Great. Now more idiots will be in line in front of me at the liquor store and gas station.
 
4 days ago  

akya: dothemath: The Lottery: For white trash who feel like its somehow wrong to simply flush money down the toilet.

People I know who play the lottery regularly have reached a level of desperation where they legitimately believe that it is their best shot at financial success.

/Given rap sheets, inability to keep a job, and various undiagnosed mental illnesses, they aren't always wrong IMO.


Every once in a while i see someone at the Quik-E-Mart rattling off scratch off game names like they're reciting the alphabet and I find it a little unsettling.  Just the other day I saw a young woman say "Today Susie wants game1 game2 game37 <plus like 10 more names>," so on top of her knowing the names of a ton of scratchers (I couldn't name a single one) she also referred to herself in the 3rd person.

I buy maybe 6 Powerball or Megamillions tickets a year.  Cheap entertainment thinking what I'd do with a ton o'cash.  And I know what my odds of winning are statistically zero."
 
4 days ago  
"I'm not risking blood clots from the COVID vaccine - whoo hoo, just bought $20 worth of lottery tickets!"
 
4 days ago  

NeoCortex42: downstairs: NeoCortex42: I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.

Heck, I think it would be better to have a bunch of $2 million winners than a $300 million winner.

I can see an argument for it being at least to the point where the take home is $10M+.  That's at least "never work again in your life as long as you don't fark up too badly" money.  Every state already tends to have their smaller million dollar or so local drawings.  Honestly, once you hit about $50M or so, is there any real difference between that and winning half a billion to the average person?


Georgia Lottery had an ad one the radio that cracked me up.  Guy says honey I won the lottery, she finds out it's only $10 million and starts biatching him out because he "wasted" his money when the jackpot was so low.  Hilarious.

Well, until i realized a ton of poor people will use it for justification to buy more tickets.  Still, nobody is putting a gun to their head so I can't bring myself to feel that bad for them.
 
4 days ago  
One ticket a week is good enough for me. I knew a guy who spent $150 a week on tickets and after reading the drawings he'd be off to the mens room with a $150 wad of toilet paper.
 
4 days ago  

NeoCortex42: I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.


The bigger jackpots generate a lot more ticket sales, so is more profitable for them.  People who wouldn't normally buy a lotto ticket will stand in line for an hour to get one when it's a half billion dollars up for grabs.
 
4 days ago  

Nimbull: One ticket a week is good enough for me


Same here, except not every week.  If I happen to be at the store when the jackpot is at least 100 million, I might buy a single ticket.  If I ever win, I'll probably waste the money, anyway.  I'm too old for hookers and blow.
 
4 days ago  

dothemath: The Lottery: For white trash who feel like its somehow wrong to simply flush money down the toilet.


EVERYBODY flushes money down the toilet in one way or another.
 
4 days ago  

OgreMagi: Nimbull: One ticket a week is good enough for me

Same here, except not every week.  If I happen to be at the store when the jackpot is at least 100 million, I might buy a single ticket.  If I ever win, I'll probably waste the money, anyway.  I'm too old for hookers and blow.


I once splurged on a $5 Harley Davidson scratcher w/a second chance drawing on non-winning tickets. Pulled 3 back-to-back wins in a day: $75, $50, $75.

Didn't win the motorcycle when I sent in the 4th non-winning ticket, thank God.
 
4 days ago  

OgreMagi: NeoCortex42: I'd rather they adjust the odds. I'd much prefer frequent $40M winners than a few $300M winners a year.

The bigger jackpots generate a lot more ticket sales, so is more profitable for them.  People who wouldn't normally buy a lotto ticket will stand in line for an hour to get one when it's a half billion dollars up for grabs.


Problem is, that's generating diminishing returns each time.  A $100M used to make the news and see a spike in sales.  Now, you don't get that sort of effect until you see about $400M or so, and it's not really newsworthy until you approach a billion.  They're basically trying to get their fix by upping their dose to get the same effect.  I'd think they'd be better off having more frequent winners to parade around to show "It could happen to you" instead.
 
4 days ago  

NotThatGuyAgain: I buy maybe 6 Powerball or Megamillions tickets a year.  Cheap entertainment thinking what I'd do with a ton o'cash.  And I know what my odds of winning are statistically zero."


When I worked at a smaller company, I had plans to buy the company when I won half a billion dollars, and fire all of the worthless VPs and middle management that made my life miserable.  I'm still disappointed that plan didn't come to fruition.
 
4 days ago  
The lottery a.k.a. the "idiot tax"
/...ok, l do play when it's at half a billion dollars/
 
4 days ago  
And the number of balls will be increased to 100.

/might as well
 
4 days ago  
I love Powerball. It makes me happy to know that millions think theyll win with those odds when my odds of banging Salma Hayek if given access to her company is statistically more likely.

So...Im saying theres a chance......
 
4 days ago  

thrillbilly1967: banging Salma Hayek if given access to her company


So you are saying there is a chance?
 
4 days ago  
If I ever do win big in the lottery (which isn't going to happen), I'm going to set up a catapult outside of Quinton Tarantino's home and lob bags of money at him until he agrees to direct a movie I want.
 
4 days ago  
A couple of times a year, I hear the jackpot has gotten massive, say what the heck, and buy a ticket.

A couple of times a year, I hear the jackpot has gotten massive, say what the heck, decide to buy a ticket, then forget to do so.

I console myself by reasoning that my odds of purchasing a winning ticket are roughly the same as my odds of finding a winning ticket on the sidewalk that someone else had dropped.
 
4 days ago  

bcostlow: I console myself by reasoning that my odds of purchasing a winning ticket are roughly the same as my odds of finding a winning ticket on the sidewalk that someone else had dropped.


The odds are roughly the same if you don't have a ticket at all.
 
4 days ago  

OgreMagi: If I ever do win big in the lottery (which isn't going to happen), I'm going to set up a catapult outside of Quinton Tarantino's home and lob bags of money at him until he agrees to direct a movie I want.



Save yourself some money and get an Asian director to make the movie first and then Tarantino will copy it for free.
 
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