Link of the Day: Incredibly Depressing Mega Millions Lottery Simulator

The Incredibly Depressing Mega Millions Lottery Simulator is a fun little program and cautionary tale – and a great alternative to losing the lottery again and again in real life.

“It is really hard to win the Mega Millions lottery,” the site explains. “So hard that it can be difficult to comprehend what long odds confront its players. Why not try for free on this Mega Millions lottery simulator? You’ll be able to try the same numbers over and over, simulating playing twice a week for a year or 10. You’ll never win.”

I did try it, using the numbers 7, 8 and 9 with the Mega Millions Number 10, and the “twice a week for 10 years” option. When this hypothetical scenario was all said and done, I had won $52 – and spent $1,040.

Now, that’s apparently below the average. “In the 14,019,882 times this simulation has run,” read the bottom of the page after I’d run my simulation, “players have won $27,170,459. And by won I mean they have won back $27,170,459 of the $14,019,882 they spent (193%).” In other words, this hypothetical lottery is actually paying out more than it’s taking in, which makes me wonder how representative of reality the program really is. At the very least, it deadens the impact of the point that the developer was trying to make.

Still, it’s a safe bet that nobody’s won big, and if nothing else it’s an interesting exercise. Thanks to Boing Boing for the link.

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One Response to “Link of the Day: Incredibly Depressing Mega Millions Lottery Simulator”

  1. rob says:

    Here is another good on-line lottery simulator http://justwebware.com/notalot/notalot.html