November 17, 2010
That hasn't, however, stopped me from dropping my in few bucks every time the lottery reaches a ridiculous amount and fantasizing about what I might do if I were ever to win. I know, of course, that the odds are drastically stacked against me ever winning.
Thankfully, this blog post lets you see just how long those odds are as it plays any set of numbers in a Mega Millions simulator. You can tell the simulator to play your numbers once, twice a week for one year, or twice a week for ten years. The simulator then tells you how much you would have won for your investment.
From running the simulator four times at 1040 plays each, I've 'won' a total of $358.
I then hit to play a fifth set of 1040 and 'won' $10,061.
And that's why the lotteries work, folks.
PS - The rest of the blog from whence the lottery simulator comes is pretty neat, too.