Chris Singleton, a rookie forward on the Washington Wizards, tweeted he plans to spend $10,000 on lottery tickets in hopes of winning the gigantic $540 million pot. It’s unclear if he plans on dropping the $10k in one place buying the tickets, or if he plans on driving all around the DC area dropping cash.
Chris Singleton’s 2012 salary, if you’re curious: $1,485,000.
He’s slated to make $1,596,360 in 2013.
Other fun lottery nuggets, courtesy of the AP:
“You are about 50 times as likely to get struck by lightning as to win the lottery, based on the 90 people a year getting struck by lightning,” Catalano said. “Of course, if you buy 50 tickets, you’ve equalized your chances of winning the jackpot with getting struck by lightning.”
Based on other U.S. averages, you’re about 8,000 times more likely to be murdered than to win the lottery, and about 20,000 times more likely to die in a car crash than hit the lucky numbers
A $540 million jackpot, if taken as a $390 million lump sum and after federal tax withholding, works out to about $293 million. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every combination.
I dumped $15 into the stupid fund for the last drawing, and I’ll probably donate another $15 today.