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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2012, 10:45:32 AM »
If I have one cookie I have one cookie. when that cookie is gone I have 0 cookies. The difference is one.  :)
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2012, 10:47:34 AM »
Always called lotteries "Stupid tax" but would buy $10 worth today just in case the slimmest off chance caused me to win. Too bad it's out of my reach out there in cali.

I wouldn't even bother calling in to work if mine were the winning numbers. ::)
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2012, 11:05:07 AM »
If I have one cookie I have one cookie. when that cookie is gone I have 0 cookies. The difference is one.  :)

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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2012, 11:05:55 AM »
Got mine!
If I win, everyone on the board gets a round on me!

Got mine as well Mike!  Would love to never go in to work again.  Beer camp reunion on me! 

Mike

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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2012, 11:13:10 AM »
Always called lotteries "Stupid tax" but would buy $10 worth today just in case the slimmest off chance caused me to win. Too bad it's out of my reach out there in cali.

I wouldn't even bother calling in to work if mine were the winning numbers. ::)

Unfortunately, mega-millions is here in Texas too! I'm throwing $10 at it on the way to work...
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2012, 11:18:27 AM »
Got mine!
If I win, everyone on the board gets a round on me!

Great...I'll take mine in Germany.  Where should I pick up my plane ticket?   ;D

Sorry, go back and read the fine print.  :D
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2012, 11:43:10 AM »
You guys realize there's only a slightly better chance you will win if you play as opposed to if you don't, right?  ;)

technically speaking you have an infinitely better chance at winning if you play. Even if it's only 1 in 10 million that you will win if you play, it's 0 in 10 million if you don't. infinite is a big number.

Actually, 1 in 10 million isn't close.  Odds are 1 in 179 million so that means that one ticket has a 0.0000000055865921787795 chance of winning :)
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2012, 11:56:07 AM »
If I have one cookie I have one cookie. when that cookie is gone I have 0 cookies. The difference is one.  :)

okay so, the difference in the number of tickets you are holding is only one. but the rate of change between your odds of winning with a ticket and without is infinite. or undefined. If, once every 10 years or so the lottery people picked a name at random without requireing anyone to buy a ticket then the original statement is correct. if however, you need to buy a ticket to win then the increase is and infinity percent.

That being said I will agree with the modification of the original statement like this

"You guys realize there's only a slightly better chance you will win if you play as opposed to if you don't, right?"

 ::) ;D

Okay, thought of a better example, referencing your cookie example

If I have 0 cookies and you give my your cookie, I cookie-having-value has increased by an infinite percentage.
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2012, 12:00:07 PM »
If I have one cookie I have one cookie. when that cookie is gone I have 0 cookies. The difference is one.  :)

okay so, the difference in the number of tickets you are holding is only one. but the rate of change between your odds of winning with a ticket and without is infinite. or undefined. If, once every 10 years or so the lottery people picked a name at random without requireing anyone to buy a ticket then the original statement is correct. if however, you need to buy a ticket to win then the increase is and infinity percent.

That being said I will agree with the modification of the original statement like this

"You guys realize there's only a slightly better chance you will win if you play as opposed to if you don't, right?"

 ::) ;D


Right, the increase is 1, the % increase is infinite.

I have my one ticket.  It's entertainment for me, a dollar spent like this provides more entertainment than spending $10 to watch a crappy movie at the theater.
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2012, 12:09:13 PM »
A historic $540 million jackpot is up for grabs Friday as the Mega Millions lottery is living up to its name.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/30/us/mega-millions/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
Ok Ron,

But if you win I want that extra $100 Million


(now at $640)
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2012, 12:11:24 PM »
If I have one cookie I have one cookie. when that cookie is gone I have 0 cookies. The difference is one.  :)

okay so, the difference in the number of tickets you are holding is only one. but the rate of change between your odds of winning with a ticket and without is infinite. or undefined. If, once every 10 years or so the lottery people picked a name at random without requireing anyone to buy a ticket then the original statement is correct. if however, you need to buy a ticket to win then the increase is and infinity percent.

That being said I will agree with the modification of the original statement like this

"You guys realize there's only a slightly better chance you will win if you play as opposed to if you don't, right?"

 ::) ;D


Right, the increase is 1, the % increase is infinite.

I have my one ticket.  It's entertainment for me, a dollar spent like this provides more entertainment than spending $10 to watch a crappy movie at the theater.

I have 2.  One for me and one for my wife.  (The winning one is mine.  8^) ) 

I rarely buy any kind of lottery ticket but in cases like this where the cost is minimal and the possible payoff is massive it's worth a buck to be in the drawing.  With a ticket it is extremely unlikely I'll win but without one there isn't any chance to get lucky.

Good luck to all ticket holders on the board!

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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2012, 12:46:27 PM »
A historic $540 million jackpot is up for grabs Friday as the Mega Millions lottery is living up to its name.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/30/us/mega-millions/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
Ok Ron,

But if you win I want that extra $100 Million


(now at $640)

Astonishing.  :o
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2012, 12:48:17 PM »

If I have 0 cookies and you give my your cookie, I cookie-having-value has increased by an infinite percentage.

OK, let's put it this way. I'll bet you $1000 that no one on this forum will win the Mega Millions jackpot.  My hand is now extended for an electronic handshake.  :D

My odds in winning are so close to 100% that I will round it off and call it certain.  ;)
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2012, 12:50:58 PM »

If I have 0 cookies and you give my your cookie, I cookie-having-value has increased by an infinite percentage.

OK, let's put it this way. I'll bet you $1000 that no one on this forum will win the Mega Millions jackpot.  My hand is now extended for an electronic handshake.  :D

My odds in winning are so close to 100% that I will round it off and call it certain.  ;)

not in a million years buddy  ;D
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Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2012, 02:19:43 PM »
Save your money. I'm already holding the winning ticket. :)