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blender61: Hope is what is at the bottom of Pandora's Box.
Diagonal: blender61: Hope is what is at the bottom of Pandora's Box.That's it. Hope and/or desperation.
VelcroFez: Because if I spend $1.00 I've increased my odds of winning from one in infinity to one in two hundred billion? Not an insubstantial increase in odds, may I please say?
DON.MAC: Your odds of winning if you don't buy a ticket aren't zero. They are still very, very low but they aren't zero. People who won major prizes that didn't buy the ticket but were given it or found it or something else are more likely to have their winnings a decade after they won than people who bought a winning ticket.