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Its great to see that the option to 'Win the Lottery' is coming last (at the moment). I guess the altruism probably comes with the open source movement.

Really? I thought it was because most people here understand how probability works :)

The lottery is basically a tax on the poor. Publicising people who win makes millions dream it could be them. What about publicising things that have a higher chance of happening to you. Every year the odds of certain events happening to you:

  • being struck by lightening and killed (4,210,857 to 1)
  • being electricuted (550,382 to 1)
  • dying while flying in air/space transport (250,032 to 1)
  • dying as the result of a fall (17,702 to 1)
  • dying in a motor accident (6,078 to 1)

Whereas the odds of winning the jackpot in the California Super Lotto Jackpot (for example), are about 18,000,000 to 1.

Sanity Check - what a bummer, eh?


cLive ;-)

Update: To clarify, those stats above are per year, but the lotto odds are per entry, so they are a little screwy, but you get the idea :)

In reply to Re: Altruism @ Microsoft by cLive ;-)
in thread Top goal for 2003 by vroom

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