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How hard is it to win the lottery?

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 10:33 AM
To put that in perspective, imagine if I pick one word out of the dictionary and if you guess what that word is, I give you the jackpot. Think of how hard it would be to guess the right word.

The number of words in the English language is: 1,025,109.8.


You wish it was that easy. That would be only 1 chance in roughly 1 million. It gets worse!
Lotto 649's odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 13,983,816. Lets just round this up to 14 million. This makes it 14 times harder than picking one word out of the English dictionary.


To make it more realistic, now imagine if we added the dictionaries of the following languages assuming they too have roughly 1 million words each:



1-French
2-Spanish
3-German
4-Italian
5-Russian
6-Chinese
7-Dutch
8-Arabic
9-Persian
10-Hindi
11-Swedish
12-Greek
13-Korean


Plus of course the original English dictionary

Then if you guessed one word out of these 14 dictionaries, you win the jackpot!

I guess the word 'smoking' as in my brain is smoking thinking the impossibilities of winning.

Now to make you freak out more, let's study Bill Gates!

Bill Gates fortune is currently estimated to be around 81 billion.

81 billion divided by 13,983,816 is 5792.4

That means the way he accumulated his wealth is equal to guessing the right word out of 14 dictionaries 5,792 times over.

Bill Gates was in Canada yesterday shaking hands with politicians. He looked so bored and underwhelmed. I think after memorizing 80,972 dictionaries (5792x13.98=80,972), he must have had a lot on his mind. :D

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