Advice for lottery winners: Chill out

30 April 2006
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The Toronto Star, Ellen Roseman

What are your odds of winning the lottery?

Unimaginably small, says University of Toronto statistics professor Jeffrey Rosenthal.

You have one chance in 14 million to score big playing Lotto 6/49. (That’s where you have to match all six numbers chosen from 1 to 49.)

“To put it in context, you are over 1,000 times more likely to die in a car crash within the year,” Rosenthal says in his book, Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities (HarperCollins, $34.95).

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