With the Powerball lottery jackpot at an all time high, the “proles” are out in full force spending their hard-earned money despite beyond-miniscule chances of winning.
The odds, 1 in 292,000,000, are abysmal. They decreased from one in 175 million when the Multi-State Lottery Association raised the number of white balls from 59 to 69.
According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s more likely you’ll die in an automobile accident, 1 in 112. Golf Digest says the chances are better of “two average players in the same foursome acing the same hole,” 17 million to 1.
And CNN Money shows that you have better odds of all of the following happening, than matching five numbers and the Powerball correctly:
- Have an IQ of 190 or greater (1 out of 107 million)
- Give birth to quadruplets, even without the help of fertility treatments – (1 in 729,000)
- Be killed by an asteroid strike (1 in 700,000)
- Being an American billionaire (1 in 575,097)
- Be killed by a lightning strike (1 in 164,968)
- Die by drowning (1 in 1,113)
- Be struck by lightning, while drowning (1 in 183 million)
In an article entitled “You Will Not Win the Powerball Jackpot,” The New York Times further illustrated the incredibly unfavorable odds:
“If you printed out the name of every United States resident on individual pieces of paper, put them in a giant bowl and selected one at random, the odds of picking President Obama are not far from the odds of winning the Powerball.”
But the upside down odds aren’t deterring anyone, after all someone has to win.
That’s the thinking of one New York City woman.
In an interview with The New York Post, housekeeper Maria Brown commented that she made huge sacrifices to increase her chances of winning.
“I bought tickets all over,” the 54-year-old maid said, telling the Post she dreamed of having her own maid.
“I would have a housekeeper, but I would be the cool owner of the house, like ‘The Jeffersons,’” she said.
Brown revealed she purchased “no groceries this week” in order to buy more tickets, and members of the homeless population, as well as jail inmates, told The Post they were all “trying to get rich.”
In George Orwell’s 1984, the controllers of society at the Ministry of Plenty used the lottery scam as a carrot on a stick to keep the proles’ hopes up.
“The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made their living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being nonexistent persons.”
– 1984, George Orwell
If no one wins Wednesday’s Powerball, Saturday’s drawing will be worth $2 billion.
Below, watch Alex Jones reveal the real winner of the Powerball lottery: