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Jamal Thomas

Intelligence analyst, Army

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The Mega Million dollar question.

Recently in the USA there has been a big buzz about the lottery being so high and it makes much more people want play just to have the chance to win 640 million dollars. So this brings up two questions for me:
1)What is it that makes people want to play?
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2)What would you do if you won 640 million dollars?

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    Mar 31 2012: It remineds me of a quote I love.

    "The Lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math."
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      Apr 1 2012: That's kinda funny, but eh...sometimes blind chance can be rewarding. haha. Sometimes....
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      Apr 2 2012: Great quote Sina....submit it to Wayne's conversation......
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    Mar 31 2012: Hi Everyone,

    Here are my thoughts on the question-

    1) We all are optimists at some level. Here a few things more likely to happen to you than winning this lottery,

    Struck by Lightning 576,000-to-1
    Killed by the Escape of Radiation From a Nearby Nuclear Power Station 10,000,000-to-1

    Source- http://gizmodo.com/5897509/a-list-of-things-that-are-more-likely-than-you-winning-540-million-tomorrow

    But, we never worry about getting struck by lightning when we are out, do we? Optimism at work! And frankly, it is a good thing in my opinion.


    2) I would use that money to change one person's life. Maybe mine. :) (And I guess the lottery was for 540 million)

    @Jamal Thomas Interesting question. Thanks for putting this up!

    Best Regards,
    Gowtham

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    Apr 3 2012: 1) People are always trying to fix their lives. "My life only sucks because I don't have eneough money"
    2) Probably blow it all on crap and party myself into an early grave hence I don't play.
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    Apr 2 2012: 1) They want to be rich..

    2) nothing.....I would never win, since I don't play and never will
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    Apr 1 2012: 1) We all have dreams

    2) Spend the rest of my life giving it away to causes that inspire me - reconnecting children to nature, teaching kids cookery for a healthy diet, positive environmental projects, renewable energy research and instillation, saving the honeybee, designing and building off-grid eco homes for the homeless, providing allotments to the unemployed and to urban communities...
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    Mar 31 2012: 1) The chance for free money in exchange for little output, but can add over time...

    2) I don't put all my faith in one idea, so I try not put too much thought on such an almost improbable notion, though I sometimes buy scratchers on a whim. =)
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    Mar 31 2012: 1) Fame and wealth in exchange for virtually no effort, something for nothing.
    2) Wonder what having $640 million dollars would be like, because I would have a measly $180 million after taxes.