McDonalds Monopoly vs. Powerball vs. Nature

Well I don’t know about you all but when it is Monopoly season at McDonalds I get kind of excited. I always figured there could be a chance at winning some cash! Well I think I was mistaken…

Game Payout Odds $/Odds
Monopoly $1,000,000 1 in 542,034,000 0.00184490
Monopoly $50,000 1 in 640,586,000 0.00007805
Monopoly $25,000 1 in 320,293,000 0.00007805
Monopoly $10,000 1 in 427,058,000 0.00002342
Monopoly $5,000 1 in 256,235,000 0.00001951
Powerball Jackpot (Minimum $10,000,000) 1 in 195,249,054 0.05121664
Powerball $200,000 1 in 5,138,133 0.03892464

Well that is interesting – who would have guessed you have better odds playing the lottery. Infract you are about 2.7 times more likely to win the Powerball jackpot than to win the $1M at McDonalds. Gee looks like if you are interested in cash your better stop eating those Big Macs and head across the street to 7-11 for a Powerball ticket.

But then again if you want to put that statistic to to the test the probability of being in a plane crash is 1 in 11,000,000. Oh and the chances of dying in a car crash are around 1 in 5,000. So lets see 17.7 times more likely to be in a plane crash than win the Powerball Jackpot and 39,049.8 times more likely to die in an automobile accident than win the Powerball Jackpot. Well I know what your saying now – I don’t ride planes or cars – well if you want a nature perspective the probability of being struck by lighting is 1 in 280,000 which is 697.3 times more likly than the Powerball Jackpot and if you compare that to Monopoly ($1M) you are 1,935.8 times morre likly to get fried.

So in conclusion – Good Luck

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One Comment

  1. David Mc
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 12:57 | Permalink

    but Big Macs are so delicious…