In Connecticut, six individuals have been charged with exploiting a bug in electronic lottery machines that allowed them to select winning tickets last year.
There’s a lottery meme on Facebook claiming that if we just divided the current Powerball jackpot evenly, every American would get $4.3 million. But that’s not right at all. Why? Simple math:
Statistically speaking, the lottery is an exciting way of separating you from your money. Except today in the United Kingdom. For the first time ever, playing the lottery is the mathematically sensible choice.
The story of Frane Selak is so unbelievable that you’d walk away from a movie, heck, a documentary of his life thinking it was too unrealistic. But it’s not. It’s a true story. Selak cheated death seven times. He survived a train crashing into a frozen river, a plane crash by getting sucked out of the door, a bus…
After tonight's MegaMillions lottery drawing, someone could be walking away $636 million richer. The odds of winning, however, are less enticing: 1-to-259,000,000. But that doesn't mean it's not a good investment! Someone, somewhere, someday is probably going to become disgustingly rich. And that disgusting person…
As difficult as it may be to come to grips with, the odds of winning the $550 million Powerball jackpot (roughly $368 million after taxes) are just not in your favor. The chances of your numbers being drawn are a 176 million to one long shot. In the long run you'd be far better off investing the money spent on that…
Virginia Pike, from, heh, Virginia, is infinitely more lucky than you. In fact, she's twice as infinitely more lucky because she won a $1 million lottery prize TWICE in the same day. What!
You did not win the $640 Mega Millions jackpot this past Friday. But neither did all of the idiots out there who tried to fake it—some of them pretty darn convincingly. Dr. Neal Krawetz over at the Hacker Factor blog went out and squashed one of the especially convincing fakes. Here's how.
We've already told you how impossible it is to win the Mega Millions lottery, but if you still want to buy it, that's fine! We support every Joe Everyperson out there having a little fun and possibly winning some money. But you people that are already rich? WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? STOP IT. JUST STOP IT.
The MegaMillions jackpot was just raised to $540 million, and a $380 million lump-sum cash payout. That's a big enough score that buying a ticket actually makes economic sense, even at 175.7 million to one odds. Crazy!
On Sunday at noon, residents of Illinois will be some of the first people in the United States who will be able to buy lottery tickets online. Is the Illinois Lottery Internet Pilot Program the potentially terrifying future of praying to lady luck?
In what has to be one of the biggest Indian giver moves ever, Danish state run lottery company Danske Spil notified 300 people via email that they just won billions in the lottery... only they really didn't. They were only notified because of a glitch in the system, meaning for half an hour 300 people thought their…
In North America, the lottery is a $70 billion-a-year industry, bigger than movies, music, and porn combined. But it's not infallible. That's what Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician, found out when he took a closer look at scratch lottery cards.
The odd lottery ticket purchase when you're feeling particularly lucky is fine, but when it becomes an addiction then it's time for an intervention. Two artists did just that, showing what could've been bought with the money spent on tickets.
Constructing a building to be bigger and taller is overrated. But constructing a "building"—which is just 55 shipping crates stacked on top of each other—with a unique design is apparently all the rage these days.