|Posted: May 21, 2004, 11:48 pm - IP Logged|
Finding an unsigned lottery ticket is like finding a dollar bill. No way to tell whose it really is. If some way could be devised to determine whether a claimant is telling the truth or lying -- i.e., if I could be really certain that the individual claiming to have lost that ticket was telling the truth -- I would return it, of course. It's the right thing to do. But I don't know how that could be done.
Of course, if it's already signed, then it's easy.
I believe that "what goes around comes around." Sooner or later, you pay for your mistakes, just as you get paid for the good things you do. Keeping something that you know rightfully belongs to someone else is clearly wrong; and when it's worth millions ... well, who wants to have that to look forward to?
Where n is equal to the number of tickets bought, the odds of winning in the MegaMillions lottery is given by 1 - [(1 - 0.023399196957)^n]