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WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF WINNING?

State lotteries have the worst odds of any common form of gambling:

*   You are fifteen times more likely to be hit by a falling object, 6,000 times more likely to die in a car crash, and 500,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash.

*   The chances of winning a lottery are only half as good as the chance that all the babies born in a major urban hospital during a three day period will be girls.

*   You have a greater chance of being struck by lightening or eaten by a shark than winning a lottery.

*   If Microsoft mogul Bill Gates put all of his $30 billion fortune in a typical state lottery and then played off his winnings, his wealth would dwindle to $27.94 in just thirty days (GFTA 9). If someone bought 100 $1 lottery tickets every week for his entire adult life from age 18 to 75, that $296,400 investment will still only give him less than one chance in 100 of hitting the jackpot (GFTA 9)-just a 1 % chance of winning.

Most gamblers irrationally think that their number is overdue and will come up. They fail to realize that numbers have no memory and no sympathy. Since there are no controllable elements, odds cannot be reduced. No matter how often a number has appeared, it has exactly the same chances of appearing the next time. The odds don't change the longer you play. Theoretically every number will eventually come up given enough time, but the odds of yours coming up in ten lifetimes are not good.

"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding What the Will of the  Lord is" --Ephesians 5:17