I play the lottery.

…and I’m no different then the next person. I dream. And I dream BIG.

Oh the things I could do with $14 million…the doors it would open…the stresses it would alleviate. And although I’m certain it would create a whole new set of problems, I’m willing to exchange my current ones with those a lottery jackpot win would throw at me.

A friend of mine just forwarded me the following statistics. They are shocking, but not surprising. And they certainly won’t prevent me from spending my $5 every Wednesday and Saturday in hopes of nailing those six glorious numbers.

The odds of winning the Lotto 649 are approximately 1 in 14,000,000. Pretty long shot, eh? So long, in fact, that you are more likely to:


So perhaps I’m missing something….

…and if I am, then please correct me.

And before I start, don’t get me wrong. I’m not bitching about this…I’m trying to understand..(ok, maybe a little bitching)….but more simply trying to understand the mathematics behind this.

The Princess Margaret Home Lottery Fund. As far as hospital lotteries go, this is the big cheese of them all. I have spent my $100 for the ticket every single year since the lottery began (1996). And yes, it’s for a great cause and I’m not buying tickets expecting to win. But that’s not to say I wouldn’t want to win … at some point.

My confusion, however, is with the odds listed for this lottery. Here’s the breakdown


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