|Posted: June 24, 2005, 8:36 pm - IP Logged|
I don't share the enthusiasm of everyone else. Increasing the number field makes it that much MORE difficult to WIN.
Why do we let ourselves agree to stack the odds further against us for an increased prize amount when that sum of money is made that much more difficult to win?
Will someone please explain that to me?
I can understand you not sharing the enthusiasm for larger jackpots. I don't have any enthusiasm for them, either. On the other hand, I don't believe either of us knows whether it actually makes it more difficult to win. Nor does anyone else on the DB. There's statistical cause to believe it increases the odds, which is about all that's out there in the mainstream thoughtlines on such things, but we've become actuarialists in our thinking, mostly.
I'd say one view is about as good as another on this, yours, mine, anyone elses. Which doesn't answer your question. You want to know why others than yourself are enthusiastic about something you aren't. Who knows? Who cares?
They're enthusiastic because they think they'll enjoy winning a billion more than they'll enjoy winning a hundred million. Most everyone thinks they'll win, by luck, by the grace of God, by study and meditation, by hook or by crook. If you don't think you will you might want to ask yourself why you're spending money on a ticket, or a lot of tickets.
So that only leaves, why get more excited about a billion bucks than you are about 20 million. I don't have a clue. Probably they don't either.
This nation and the people in it have a profound negative net worth by almost any measure. Most of the citizenry have never seen $10K free and clear. Maybe they have secret fantasies about buying some third world country full of half-starved people who would be impressed with a win big enough to buy a bicycle.
Not much point in worrying why other people get excited about something you don't get excited about. Most of us have enough difficulty examining what we're excited about, ourselves, and why.