Consider these facts:
Question: Does this set of data dispute the common claim that ones chances of winning at the lottery are worse than being struck by lightning?
- 7 out of every 10 adults purchase a lottery ticket sometime during a year
- A person spends an average of $146 each year on lotteries (in households with incomes greater than $54,000)
- 8% of all lottery players think their chances are better than they really are
- 652 people were $100,000 Powerball winners in 2002
- 51 people were struck by lightning in 2002
Source: Kiplinger's, 2003.