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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What Are the Odds?

Do you like playing the odds? Just for fun, here are 10 events with their corresponding odds listed below. Match the events with the odds. I will reveal the answers later. EVENTS Odds of being murdered: Odds of drowning in a bathtub: Odds of being born a twin in North America: Odds of dating a millionaire: Odds of finding out your child is a genius: Odds of becoming president: Odds of becoming a pro athlete: Odds of catching a ball at a major league ballgame: Odds of getting a royal flush in poker on first five cards dealt: Odds of getting a hole in one: ODDS A. 90 to 1 B. 563 to 1 C. 250 to 1 D. 22,000 to 1 E. 649,740 to 1 F. 685,000 to 1 G. 10,000,000 to 1 H. 5,000 to 1 I. 18,000 to 1 J. 215 to 1 According to the Lottery Commission, the odds of hitting 6 of 6 numbers for the Classic Jackpot in the Ohio Lottery are a cool 13,983,816 to 1. The chance of dying from parts falling off an airplane (1 in 10,000,000) are much more likely to happen. The odds of hitting the jackpot in the Mega Millions game are 1 in 175,711,536. The odds of spotting a UFO today are 3,000,000 to 1 or 58 times more likely to occur. A 1999 national survey conducted for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, which was created by Congress, found that lottery players with annual household incomes of less than $10,000 spent nearly three times as much on lottery games as those with incomes of more than $50,000. The survey also found that high-school dropouts spent $334 a year on lotteries compared with less than $90 by college graduates. Businesses selling tickets receive a 5.5 (5.5 cents per dollar) percent commission for all sales and other bonuses for winning combinations.
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