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2002-10-14 09:44:53 PM  
Winning just once would be enough for me. Oh well, money can't buy happiness, right?


Oh, neverfarkingmind.

/feverishly scratches lottery ticket
2002-10-15 12:08:39 AM  
2002-10-15 12:09:13 AM  
Not THIS man.
2002-10-15 12:09:24 AM  
yay i was the first to say it!
2002-10-15 12:09:36 AM  
I wonder what the weather is like in Tunisia this time of year.
2002-10-15 12:10:03 AM  
Never play the lottery because you want to win money.
Only play it for the thrill that you might.
Then, you'll always win, even if you don't.
2002-10-15 12:10:50 AM  
Am I the only one to find it odd that they used the word "integers" in the story instead of "numbers"?

Oh well, back to kitten-killing...
2002-10-15 12:11:33 AM  
I want to win.
I would make a very good retired person.
I am good at sitting on my ass.
2002-10-15 12:12:37 AM  
I was going to ask why he kept playing after winning until I saw the amount won was only about 200 thousand pounds.
2002-10-15 12:13:08 AM  
Felipe: Nope, I thought it was a little strange too. Still, they have a point. Numerals are the symbols we use to represent numbers. Integers are whole numbers, commonly used for counting. A "number" can also refer to a quantity of things... really when someone says 'pick a number', they really mean "pick an integer". (Which is probably why answering 'e' to that question got me nowhere)
2002-10-15 12:13:14 AM  

Watch for this man to be found tomorrow struck by lightning 12 times in a row, hit by falling airplane debris, and crushed by a comet striking Earth.
2002-10-15 12:13:33 AM  
Kind of like to guy in NY who won this summer. Already a millionaire, someone asked if he would but his wife a fur coat. His response? "Why would she need three of them?"

2002-10-15 12:14:26 AM  
The guy...
2002-10-15 12:14:45 AM  
The lottery has been around about 20 years now. By not blowing 5 bucks a week, I figger I'm up over 5 grand. Think I'll quit while I'm ahead.
2002-10-15 12:17:33 AM  
It was rigged I tell ye, rigged!
2002-10-15 12:17:57 AM  
In later news, the same man was struck by lightning on his way home from seeing a UFO
2002-10-15 12:18:40 AM  
and then he had septuplets...?
2002-10-15 12:19:39 AM  
The pick-3 for the evening of sept. 11 2002 was "9-1-1" (actually true, it generated a big thread here).

Such is randomness, you never know what it'll do next, by definition.
2002-10-15 12:19:43 AM  
the lottery is a tax for people bad at math.
2002-10-15 12:20:18 AM  
I should mention, it was the New York pick-3.
2002-10-15 12:20:56 AM  
er... people who are bad at math

pardon my 12:20 am english...
2002-10-15 12:22:29 AM  
That's easy to win it.. You win the first lottery of 300 million.. Pay another 300 million dollars to ticket.. Win again! Afterall the possibilities are 312 million to 1
2002-10-15 12:27:18 AM  
a guy where i live bought a ticket picked his own numbers and used the same numbers for both rows on ticket. won double prize $500,000 Last I heard he has almost drank it all up. Big time lush........
2002-10-15 12:28:04 AM  
the pick-3 number in DC was 1-1-9 on sep 11...
2002-10-15 12:28:45 AM  
What is the cost of living in Tunisia? It doesn't seem like £121,157 is a lot of money, approx $181,735.50 US before taxes. In Oregon, that's like a doublewide on five acres, hardly luxury retirement funds.
2002-10-15 12:29:04 AM  
Heard about an Aussie who won a car in a scatch off game, Lottery people wanted to film a re-enactment for TV, so while they filmed, he bought another scratch-off, and won $250,000.00, at the same store. Life is freaky...
2002-10-15 12:29:40 AM  
btw, how come there were only 1 photoshop and 2 boobies yesterday? got ODed the day before?
2002-10-15 12:33:13 AM  
GQ sux, Maxim is the wave of the future.

*little Lisa Simpson*
Wave of the future!
2002-10-15 12:33:37 AM  
"It is strange the way the ignorant and inexperienced so often and so undeservedly succeed when the informed and the experienced fail.
- Samuel Clemens
2002-10-15 12:34:03 AM  
"Life is freaky..."

2002-10-15 12:35:06 AM  
AustinSlacker: Chewey's Rules!!! Best in Austin.
2002-10-15 12:46:31 AM  
Money can't buy happiness but it can rent it for a while.

Sorry. I'll go away now.
2002-10-15 12:57:53 AM  
Hate to brake it you LaExpat... its spelled Chuy's bro.
2002-10-15 01:01:58 AM  
the lottery is a tax for people bad at math.

More specifically, a tax for people bad at combinatorics.
2002-10-15 01:14:39 AM  
Fb-'s grown sperm, Stuff magazine is also really nifty. Not that I look through men magazines that often, but they are damned more entertaining than the female equivalent!
2002-10-15 01:19:40 AM  
"...dream home in Tunisia." ????
2002-10-15 01:23:03 AM  
Lottery: a tax for people bad at investing.
2002-10-15 01:24:55 AM  
HA! That's nothing! I haven't won the lottery with the same numbers about 600 TIMES!
2002-10-15 01:31:51 AM  
random question and all... but... do the lottery ppl even make any money by selling so much tickets? I mean, some lucky dude/dudette would just win the money collected :-p
2002-10-15 01:43:25 AM  
If you're going to play, you should pick a number that nobody else will pick because it sounds stupid(such as 1 2 3 4 5). That way you won't have to share your winnings with as many people if you win, maximizing the reward-risk ratio.
Also the chances that your combination will win are the same as any other set of integers, so you're not screwing yourself over by picking the obvious.
2002-10-15 02:08:44 AM  
CommanderTaco, I once thought up that idea as well. Then I thought some more and concluded that other people had come up with the same thing, so in fact, 1 2 3 4 5 or anything that can be a date, or in general, any numbers that have a pattern, are more likely to be picked. You're better off picking random numbers. Here's the fallacy. Which sequence of coin flips is more likely:


They're both equally likely. It just happens that the second exhibits the same absence of pattern we expect to see in random coin flips. But it itself is not any more likely.
2002-10-15 02:37:15 AM  
How long is he going to retire for on a whole 300k pounds? What's that, $600k? ... You could take a couple years, sure, but after taxes and paying for a new house... well, he definately won't be living in "luxury". Granted, cost of living is prolly cheaper where he's moving, but still.
2002-10-15 02:54:08 AM  
Here's the brilliancy of the lottery from the government's vantage point. Even if they convert every single dollar spent on the lottery back into lottery winnings (which they do not), you still must give 40-50% of it back in taxes. Then, on top of that, you must give an additional 40-50% back if you choose the lump sum option.
Oh, you don't want the lump sum option then? Good. The government can keep the rest and invest it, doling out a small portion at a time for up to 20 years.

Either way, the government will get approximately 75% of every dollar spent on the lottery.
2002-10-15 02:54:48 AM  
I thought that too CommanderTaco14, then I deduced the same thing NukeEuropeNow did. Of course it doesn't make a difference since I never play the lottory.
2002-10-15 03:26:03 AM  
They don't pay taxes on winnings outside the United States.

You get to keep the lot. The government makes its money off the top.

The agent makes money too.

In one state of Australia they had a lottery to fund a free hospital system...then the government got greedy.
2002-10-15 03:38:13 AM  
That's a good point, actually -- the US is the only country I'm aware of that taxes lottery winnings.
2002-10-15 06:16:44 AM  
Strike one for the "Gambler's Fallacy."
2002-10-15 06:53:23 AM  
That's not enough money to retire off of unless you already had a good chunk saved up. BTW, why did he keep playing those numbers if he did not belive that he would win again? Dumb luck is great on the rare occasion it works in your favor, but in the real world buying up tons of cheap, thow away stocks is a much surer bet.
2002-10-15 07:42:35 AM  
This happened not that long ago in MA. Two nights in a row, the same exact numbers were drawn.
2002-10-15 09:09:05 AM  
I would be surprised if Lara Flynn Boyle came up, instead of those numbers. What are the odds?
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