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11:25pm on Saturday, 28th January, 2006:
Here's an argument in favour of buying a lottery ticket that I heard a man give to his wife in the Oxford A40 service station where I had stopped for a cuppa today. She had told him that their chances of winning the lottery were less than their chances of being struck by lightning.
"Well the way I see it, if my chance of winning is less than my chance of being struck by lightning, then my chance of not winning must be less than my chance of not being struck by lightning. My chance of not being struck by lightning is huge, so my chance of not winning must be even huger!"
Hmm, that mathematics class on inequalities must have passed him by...
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