Thursday, October 27, 2005

50% really ain't that bad...

So as ALL living Canadians know - last night was the biggest 6/49 draw in it's history. The grand payout turned out to be more than $54 million. Oh.My.God. $54,000,000.00 - that's a lot of zeros.

Turns out there was only one winner also - some lucky schmuck in Alberta or something. What makes it worse is that Alberta is already the richest province in Canada, thanks to gasoline costing an 'arm in a lake'.

Like most Canadians, I played the lotto last night, $10.00 worth (I believe they actually sold something like $90 mil in tickets for this draw - that's a lot considering Canada's latest estimated population is sitting at 32,270,507). Anyway - the upside to this story is that I, along with 871,035 others, won ten bucks. Sweet. Get three numbers right out of the required six - win ten bucks. What a country.

** update: As I mentioned above, I didn't win the $54 mil - BUT! - I did just get an email from infomailersec48@msn.com (please SPAM them) saying I won the following:


Your email address attached to ticket star number (4-5) drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the Second category. You have been approve for the star prize of EUR € 667,248.26

Aww Yeah baby.


I have another interesting fact: did you hear about Brian Diesbourg? He's an Argo's fan who has a shot at tonight's game to kick a 50 yard field goal. If he splits the uprights - $1 mil goes in his pocket. Now that is WAY easier than playing 6/49.

11 comments:

Matt said...

Ah the lottery, its just like going to the casino.

Why play a game where the statistics say that you will pay more money than you will recieve.

Sure you MAY win 54mil, the offer alone is enough to blind you with the possibilities.

But NINETY Million tickets were sold. Sure if you bought every possible combination and won you would come out with a net gain, but ONLY if someone else didnt win. With 90Mil tickets sold it is VERY possible that 2 people will win if not THREE.
Leaving you with a HUUUUGE debt that doubles, triples, nay quadruples the possible net gain.

You can't beat the system without cheating.
I think the possibile ticket combinations sit somewhere in the range of 20Mil.

The only side of gambling that I want to be on is the casino side. Where the question is not will I get lucky and win today, but how much money will I win today, a little or a lot.

If you want to gamble, play texas holdem with friends, ignoring skill, your odds there dead are even, 5 guys 1 pot, you have a 1/5 chance of getting 5x your money.

Much much better odds.

That was quite the rant.. how unlike me..

Matt said...

That last rant deserves it's own post....

Matt said...

arm in a lake?

James said...

Arm in a lake. Great question. This is a Pelky-ism that goes back a bit. This before my time, but I've been told (by Alex or Ryan) that she always thought the expression 'arm and a leg' (referring to the cost of an expensive item) was actually 'arm in a lake'.

Stay tuned for more Pelky-ism's to follow.

Matt said...

rofl, hilarius

Matt said...

Holly should have a blog.

Palmer said...

OH my god. That would be mint.

Actually, the arm in a lake goes way beyond any of us (timewise) but was only discovered a few short months ago.

We should create a Hollyonology.

James said...

Seriously! We are missing a whole new medium in which Holly could provide more Pelky-isms.

Anonymous said...

Did you really mean "arm in a lake?" which is a new one on me - or was it a mistype for "arm and a leg" which certainly was the original expression. Or have I missed something? Jack

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Anonymous said...

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I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!

Cheers
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