If I was spending $1,000 a year on something as uneventful as walking into a convenience store, grabbing a lottery ticket, going “eh, it didn’t win” and walking out, would I be able to recognize it?
I never forgot it, that fortnight of financial gain. I know that the California Lottery was counting on the fact that I would never forget.
Every month, Nautilus publishes essays, investigative stories, and works of fiction about science and chooses a theme. The theme for August is: “The Unlikely,” stories about understanding our odds and probabilities. Today, Adam Piore examines the sociology behind why we play the lottery, though if you’re looking to figure out whether or not you should play the lottery, see our story in May by Matt Levine.