Friday, February 4, 2011

Long odds

I'm writing up an account of the big blizzard and will post it soon, but in the meantime, if you're feeling lucky that you survived Snowmageddon and want to flex your chance-muscles, check out this interesting - and depressing - Lottery-winnings calculator. I plugged in what would be a possible combination of numbers I might have played, and then asked it to calculate my odds if I played that combination twice a week for ten years. It would have cost me $1040, and I would have won a whopping $55.

I think this "game" should be required for middle-school students in whatever class it is that shows you how to use a checkbook. The house always wins, kids.

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