The Powerball jackpot is now at a sweet half-billion. That'd be a nice boost to your checking account balance, right? We could all use a half-billion.
With that in mind, here's a life rule to abide by: don't buy a lotto ticket. The odd of winning are one in 175 million
. And yet you'll still find reporters at dying newspapers across the nation today filing copy with quotes from someone at a local gas station who explains, gladly, what they would do with a half-billion dollars, which they won't win.
But you can do better by saving one, five, ten dollars — whatever you plan to lose at the lotto — and spend it elsewhere! Gas is cheaper than usual right now. Put a few gallons in the tank. Buy a burrito.
OK, OK: let's say you win tonight (you won't). The cash-option prize, which would be sweet, is nearly $340 million
. But plenty of people have won the lottery — and then blew through it all
. So, yeah: the big jackpot isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Here are some things that have a better odds of happening, according to another article about why winning the lottery is impossible:
- Death by vending machine (one in 112 million)
- Becoming president (one in 10 million)
- Dying in a plane crash (one in 1 million)
- Having identical quadruplets (one in 15 million)
- Becoming a movie star (one in 1.5 million)
If you keep your savings, Qdoba will apparently give you a free burrito if you buy one and kiss someone at the register on Valentine's Day
. See, eating a burrito this week is a better idea.