January 13, 2016

Mathematically illiterate Canadians flock to New York to win Powerball

Gavin McInnesArchive

Why are Canadians suddenly streaming across the border? I wish it was because they suddenly realized electing Trudeau was a mistake.


Instead, they're here to buy tickets for the Powerball lottery, with its record-breaking US$1.4 billion jackpot.

Lotteries are a government rip off. I call them the "stupid tax." If people understood basic math, and something about odds and statistics, they would realize this too.

(WATCH my demonstration that illustrates what 1-in-300 million odds -- that's the chance of winning Powerball tonight -- really looks like.)

But we don't teach math in school any more, not really.

Most people hate numbers, whether we're talking about statistics on guns, immigrants or education. They prefer platitudes. That's why we have Obama, Merkel and Trudeau in charge.

PS: The other fallacy is that winning (or even earning) huge sums of cash will make you happy. I burst that bubble, too.


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commented 2016-01-15 10:32:42 -0500
Gavin; I’d rather Canadians travel to America to play lotteries. It’s becoming a bottleneck when I’m at a gas station trying to pay for my fuel or a a corner store trying to pay for a bag of milk and the customer in front of me thinks he’s in Lost Wages, I mean Las Vegas, saying things like, “gimme another quick pick!” I don’t fault the store keeper as customers in such a ‘gambling mental state’ are much more profitable than me. I can’t complain as this voluntary tax scam gives the government revenue!
commented 2016-01-15 03:44:55 -0500
Nathan, I calculate the odds of smart people caring about what you say as 1/1000. I was nice and included you ;)
commented 2016-01-14 16:27:48 -0500
The only not bullshit article on The Rebel in a while. Since you’re busy mocking other people’s lack of math abilities, you could have shown us how bright you are by calculating the expected value of the payout for the winner.
commented 2016-01-14 15:02:47 -0500
You will not see this in most if any Canadian mainstream news.

Here is some additional bullshit for you who doubt.

Mass Grave of Children Who Rejected Islamic State Found in Sinjar, Iraq


Some of the people I work with are there now.

Read the effing opening line closely

Note the operative word?


Not everyone on this site is a wanker in a “one hour in any direction” world

This is why I do not have any time for apologists when it comes to islamics or feminazis – both are dirt and need to be swept out the door – piled up and incinerated.

Their actions and their silence is approval.

And this video makes it even more truthful.


Even if you have seen it you should listen to it again.

Hope you all have a nice day – out of this one.
commented 2016-01-14 08:37:11 -0500
Got that, never buy any lotto. against my principle, guess what? I never win.
commented 2016-01-14 01:39:23 -0500
I know, lazy trust fund idiot, that is a better one for the current year, since that is what we have for a PM
commented 2016-01-14 01:38:28 -0500
Michael Mann is the parents basement no longer effective because you have lived there so long?
commented 2016-01-14 01:37:38 -0500
Michael Mann you are married to your anime pillow, that one is modern.
commented 2016-01-13 21:56:43 -0500
That’s what I said about NDP majority in Alberta… just sayin
commented 2016-01-13 19:55:57 -0500

If you are going to try to insult – can you at least post an original thought instead of using the standard and very old parent’s basement comment that has been used countless times on the internet and is no longer effective or are you really that out of touch?
commented 2016-01-13 18:55:29 -0500
I do not buy lottery tickets and I won’t travel to the states to get one, but for $2 it’s a lot of fun for the cost and that is mathematically acceptable. Now, if you buy a few hundred tickets, then you’ve entered The Twighlight Zone.
commented 2016-01-13 18:53:46 -0500
You can call bullshit if you like – it does not matter – I have explained before that I often travel to the desert for anywhere from a week to two weeks – I do “interesting” work. I often work for the extremely corrupt UN.

I see some real bad stuff.

I also see some real inspiring and good things.

All in real bad parts of the world.

And I am well paid for it – I often post right from the site I am at – as I do a lot of waiting for the soldiers and the workers to do their thing.

I am at home right now and leaving again in about ten days.

No matter

You could be the gay boy with nice hair having fun here for all we know.

Not everyone lives in a single location for their entire life.

Best to all.
commented 2016-01-13 17:46:13 -0500
Michael and Kelly, not everyone posts from their mother’s basement. Now be good boys and take your dishes up to the kitchen when you’re done with your munchies.
commented 2016-01-13 16:43:22 -0500
Yes Bravo, where do you find the time when you are constantly posting?

I call bullshit on your post as well.
commented 2016-01-13 16:05:32 -0500
Must be a slow news day at the Rebel, they Have to create stories based upon their opinions and pass them off as news. They still have not come to terms with Harper et all losing. They cannot accept the will of the Canadian people unless things goes their way.
commented 2016-01-13 15:49:33 -0500
Bravo, I am surprised you had time for that considering the countless hours you spend on here bitching and whining! I call bullshit on your story!
commented 2016-01-13 15:37:41 -0500
Michael Mann commented 1 hour ago
Someone has to win and you can’t win if you don’t play. Simple logic.

What’s hilarious about this is that you are more likely to win the Power Ball more than once over being killed by a Muslim, but those numbers haven’t stopped The Rebel’s fear mongering agenda.
Maybe where you live but last week I helped bury a few folks in a sandy country that were killed by islamics – want to join me the next time I travel?

We used a backhoe and a bulldozer.

I will let you pick the one you want to drive if we have to do a repeat when we get there. You also have to wear body armour and carry a rifle and pistol.

You truly need a physical education – while I am not interested in doing it someday if we are all lucky you will get it.

We can only hope.

I might even just stand by and watch while I sip my coffee

So fuck off asshole.
commented 2016-01-13 14:38:04 -0500
Someone has to win and you can’t win if you don’t play. Simple logic.

What’s hilarious about this is that you are more likely to win the Power Ball more than once over being killed by a Muslim, but those numbers haven’t stopped The Rebel’s fear mongering agenda.
commented 2016-01-13 13:35:08 -0500
At this stage in the lottery, the expected return from a $1 ticket is over
$4. This is rare for a lottery situation and makes it a theoretically good investment if you can afford the bankroll of losing on a high number of tickets before you hit. So, if are worth more than $300 Million, buying as many tickets as you can is a good investment. Also, if you could pool your money with other players, you can increase your chances of realizing a win at a lower return.
commented 2016-01-13 11:25:14 -0500
Gavin i bought a Powerball ticket, driving to Montana was something to do on a Sunday.
commented 2016-01-13 11:15:46 -0500
Bravo Zulu – correct – the people who pay to dream the dream are the people who can least afford it – remember when shaking own lower class people for a few bucks in a numbers racket was deemed illegal? Now the government has a monopoly on the gambling rackets its OK – kleptocratic government immorality on display in spades
commented 2016-01-13 11:07:03 -0500
Lotteries are a last hope of an economically depressed people – it’s a tax on optimism
commented 2016-01-13 11:05:12 -0500
Basic math – the most important subject yet ignored by the masses.

Lotteries – allow people to dream

Those dreams are almost all they have remaining for hope for the future