Friday, October 16, 2015

Luck Be a Loser

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"Losers: Lester & Charlie's Favorite Collection of Losing Lottery Tickets" -- the latest by Lester Krapp and Charlie Winkle -- is of particular interest to me given my hatred for the lottery and the morons who won't shut the f**k up about possibly winning one day.

Lotteries. They have been called both a tax on stupidity and a math tax. The odds of losing are so high as to be practically guaranteed. Yet 57% of the U.S. population buys a lottery ticket at least once a year. You may already be familiar with some of the winners. Winners make headlines. Winners buy new homes, new cars. What do they losers do? Some get upset. Some just shrug; there's always next time. Others are just happy to have briefly entertained the fantasy of being disgustingly rich. But it's unlikely that any of us considers how lucky we might have been to have lost. A full 70% of lottery winners not only lose all the money within a few years, but they end up much unhappier than they could have imagined back when all they had was a dollar and a dream. We could have brought you a book about some of our favorite winning lottery tickets. Instead, here's a look at some of the tickets that lost. They may be luckier.
From the duo that brought you "Lester & Charlie's 50 Favorite Test Patterns."

1 comment:

thelotter review said...

As a former lottery player I do share some of your thoughts. The pending Illinois lottery payouts prove that. But all in all it is just to one's choice.