Odds are odds are odds. The expert statisticians can hardly agree on what the odds are on any given probability or possibility. The one thing they seem to agree on however, is that your odds on a 6 number game are virtually zero.
So who bets money on a proposition where you have virtually NO chance of success? Us, because no matter what the odds are we know that at some point in time SOMEONE is going to beat those odds and it just might be one of us. The only odds that matter to us are that the odds of winning are only truly zero if you are among those who are too wise to bet against impossible odds.
So our dollar in the pot gives us VIRTUALLY no chance while a dollar saved gives us ABSOLUTELY no chance.
Our dollar in the kitty gives us the same odds as everyone else with a dollar in the kitty and one of those dollars invested IS going to make someone very wealthy.
There are a lot of multi-millionaires out there who may take exception to the refrain that the lottery is a tax on stupid people.
I can guarantee one thing. Every drawing there are a certain number of people that buy tickets. One or more of those people is going to win millions. It is JUST as likely to be one of us as it is anybody. That's good enough odds for me to kick in a buck.