do you buy them? edit - i never do. have maybe bought 5 tickets in my lifetime. edit edit - doh, should read "weekly" rather than "yearly" for the 1st option

Maybe once every couple years when the pot is really huge like now... if I'm lucky enough to win, I wanna win BIG!

Once in a while - maybe every 3 weeks or something. I only get one set of numbers (quick pick), though. Usually when I'm buying a bunch of other crap at the corner store...

Apparently better than you are... Odds are far less than you stated of 1:1 billion Actual odds of winning the jackpot are 1:146,107,962. But the chances of winning any prize, from $3 to $340 million, are 1 in 36.61.

So how are your odds of winning something 100% better than mine? At best, your odds of winning $3.00 are about 3% better than mine.

rephrase: the odds of me winning compared to the odds of you winning is infinitely better odds of me winning - 1ome number odds of you winning - 0ome number 1/0 = infinity I at least have odds - its impossible for you to win But yeah, Tenchiro said it about right...

Here is another view: Your chances of *finding* the winning lottery ticket are basically as good as *buying* the winning lotto ticket.

Provide a source. By that reasoning, the chances of a garbage man or a homeless guy are better... ....you're onto something!

I never do it, well, it doesnt help that im 17, I think I will play every once in a while when im leagal

I hope there is no winner tonite because after I got done riding, I blew off getting a ticket... I'm shooting to win the 'big one' on Sat! :dancing:

I fall somewhere in between, probably once every 4-6 months, and only when there's a really big pot - 100+ million. I get a small amusement out of knowing I could win and checking the numbers when they come up, it's worth a buck to me. I agree somewhat with the old addage that the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math, but if you show restraint and only play it occasionally, and are realistic about your odds of winning, it's pretty cheap, harmless fun. There are many worse things you could spend a buck on.

when the pot gets big I always say I should buy 1 or 2 tickets , but I never do. I actually can't remeber the last time I bought a lottery ticket was.

Well, at least it amuses you. Me - I look at it as lottery ticket... or a bottle of Titan IPA? I *know* which one is going to bring me more satisfaction.