Whose playing and how many tickets did you buy? I usually don't play the lottery but with my fellow van poolers(15 of us), coworkers starting pools I feel like I have to join in. I don't want to be the only one left at work when they all win. On the plus side the van pool owner said that he would buy a new van and hire a driver for anyone who didn't join the pool if we win. $540 million at this point and the drawing is Friday night.

Can't win if you don't play! I plan on buying $5-$10 worth! Psalm 82:4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

What gun would you buy / have built if you won Mega Millions? I would have a Jennings J-22 made of solid gold, except the barrel which would be made of Platinum or depleted Uranium if that's legal. If possible the gold would be old Nazi war gold and I would have something like "Bling Bling Mother F*****" engraved on the slide.

I would buy the Barrett .50 cal. I have always thought that it was the coolest gun around, so i would have to go with that one.

Odds remain the same. Otherwise, the "1:189,000,000 odds (or whatever they are) would mean, buy that many tickets and you're a guaranteed winner. Sorry, doesn't work that way. The odds are the same, no matter the number of tix purchased, counterintuitive as that may be.

So if there are 19 black marbles and 1 white marble in a hat. My odds are the same for picking the white marble, no matter how many tries I get? This is alittle easier to get my head around.

Are my overall odds the same to pick the white marble if I try once or one hundred times before I quit trying. Does that help?

That's exactly how it works. There are 175,711,536 combinations possible. Buy all the possible combinations and your combined odds of winning are 175,711,536:175,711,536 or 1:1. You can't simply "buy that many tickets" you would need to buy that many tickets with no duplicates. http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/56691.html For a really interesting concept that is not directly related but still cool read up on "The Monty Hall Problem".

I read the link, that makes since. In the lottery he was talking about you have a 1 in 14,000,000 chance with 1 ticket. If you buy 100 tickets you have a 100 in 14,000,000 chance. Long odds but they do increase in your favor. Chandler says, no matter how many you buy, your odds remain the same. I understand each ticket would be the same odds individually. If you buy 100 tickets, the odds of your agregate purchase has to go up accordingly, atleast in my head.

I don't think that's correct,and I'll use Souths explanation of your theory to disprove it. You basically got it with your marbles explanation,except that once you pick a black marble (non-winning ticket) you keep it out of the hat (wherever you would put 175 million lottery tickets) because you would no longer have to pick that marble/combination again. The only difference would be that instead of 20 marbles,you would have 175 million tickets,and since you wouldn't know which ticket was the "white marble" until the drawing you would have to buy all 175 million ticket combinations. Kind of like if your white marble was painted black,you just pick all twenty marbles,and you know you have the white one... Then spray them all with paint thinner to see which one is the white one. So if you can understand that that is how it should work.... ..... I think Maybe there was to much marble analogy in that. ---Shoot To Thrill---

So, you're telling me that nobody with that much dough is willing to spend it for a GUARANTEED eight figure payday? South had the right idea...an extra "chance" does not increase the odds.