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How Do You Spell Sucker? G-E-O-R-G-I-A

Mega-Millions jackpot is $640 million. Though it's a strong incentive to play, the Peach State comes out on the losing end.

Pity the Peach State.

We always seem to make the top of the worst-of lists and the bottom of the best-of rankings.

And so it is with the lottery.

The Mega-Millions lottery drawing March 30 is for more than $640 million — the largest in North American history.

Understandably, lots of us are putting down a $1 or two — or 20 — in the hopes of being six numbers away from Easy Street.

Alas, Georgia is No. 1 among the states on Bloomberg Rankings' "Sucker Index."

Said Bloomberg: Georgia’s lottery players are the biggest suckers in a nation buying more than $50 billion a year in tickets for state-run games, which have the worst odds of any form of legal gambling.

Ouch!

But wait! There's more.

Georgia spent $3.4 billion on lottery tickets last year. Averaged out it comes to about $470.73 per adult, or one percent of total annual income per adult worker.

But we have a low rate of payouts — 62.9 percent — which is why we're among the top when it comes to suckerdom, explains The Motley Fool.

Now, the odds of winning the Mega-Millions jackpot are 1 in 175,711,536.

Fear not! There are lots of things we stand a better chance of experiencing to become winners, or losers, depending on your perspective.

Odds of:

  • Growing up to become president of the U.S.: 1 in 150 million
  • Being killed on an airline flight operated by one of the 30 carriers with the best accident safety records: 1 in 29.4 million
  • Becoming canonized as a Catholic saint: 1 in 20 million
  • Being eaten by a shark: 1 in 11 million
  • Being killed in a tornado: 1 in 2 million
  • Being born on a Leap Year Day (Feb. 29): 1 in 1,461
  • Developing hemorrhoids: 1 in 28
Louis Mayeux March 30, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Good headline.
michelle March 31, 2012 at 02:19 PM
& fun article!
denise jones March 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM
if we playa the most, we need to not join other states in the mega millions

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