Is it delusional to play the lottery?

Most people play thinking they’re going to win. Then they end up losing. Isn’t that delusional?

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I used to play it. But yes, it’s a bit delusional.

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I play it all the time.
I know I most likely will never win.
But it’s fun and if by some weird chance of fate I did manage to win something, it would be nice.
At the same time, having that kind of money would be a huge responsibilty and me and my GF would have to be very careful.

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I play a bit, but have no thoughts of actually winning, would be nice but hey, a person has to have a glimmer of hope in life. You can’t win without a ticket

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Yeah, lottery is heavily biased towards the house. If I wanted to gamble, I’d put that money in cryptocurrency, there’s a better likelihood of getting a return by holding it for a year or so.

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well ifit’smdelusional, it’s a mass delusion. but yeah the odds are against it.

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A lottery is what it is. It works a certain way and people hope they win. That is OK. But if they think they are going to win for sure each week that is unrealistic. The thing about the lottery is to play it for fun. It’s not guaranteed about who will win.

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The lottery is something I do for fun sometimes. If I win? cool! if I don’t? oh well.

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It’s been years since I bought a ticket and quite a stretch since buying a scratch off. But those that enjoy it why not? Life is insanely short and fragile anyways. :slight_smile:

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I don’t think that’s delusional. Everyone who plays thinks they’re going to win. That’s just what the lottery is.

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I play. That’s my airplane purchasing power. Can’t afford to buy one but if I win I would buy several. Today I did something I have never done before. I replayed the numbers I had. Usually I just get Quick Picks. I play the state lotto and the powerball.

It’s healthy to dream.

The lottery is a special tax for people who can’t do math.

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I think people thinking they’ll win the lottery is like people believing in god.

If enough people believe, it isn’t technically a delusion.

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It’s pretty normie delusional. I like scratch cards occasionally.

Yes, crime and the lottery are terrible risk vs. reward strategies for acquiring wealth.

  1. When acquiring wealth, consider the likelihood that your investment will pay off, consider how much time it will take to pay off, and then consider how much time it will take to pay off all it holds up your capital investment or anything other than capital you’ve invested such as your time, peace of mind, energy, assets, reputation, etc.

  2. Obviously those things are only one side of the equation. The other side of the equation is how much ROI or return on investment is there for you when all is said and done? Also consider how much of your capital or “what percentage of it” would be invested.

So take the lottery for example. It is quick as it doesn’t take long to find out if you were the winner. It is easy, and relatively speaking it requires very little money to participate. These things are why people fall for it. But the odds of any ROI or return on investment are 0 practically speaking. I can confidently say that you can spend money on it to the last day of light, and you’ll never gain more money than you lost, or if you do, it will be minute.

So for practical purposes it’s a waste of time and resources, and logically it is not a means to accrued wealth.

Take crime for another example. Relatively crime is a quick means of investing time and energy for a quick ROI, but the risk is so high that it is definitely not worth it as your reputation and even your access to the means of making wealth again for many years of your life will be taken from you while serving time. Also your criminal record which is your reputation too will prevent you from many wealth making opportunities.

So risk vs. reward case for crime is far to high risk vs. no reward is enough to compensate for that much risk. A criminal never enjoys it all. The criminal is always followed by the biggest group of people there are which is law enforcement and the people that oblige them and their laws.

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My co-person plays the lottery all the time. She doesn’t believe she is going to win. She does say that it’s her way of signalling to the universe that she’s ready to welcome any unexpected gift of good fortune, though.

She also says that it gives her permission to look at zany real estate listings and dream about what to do with them when she is fabulously wealthy and buys them.

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I don’t think anyone BELIEVES that they are going to win, they just hope it…

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Would any of you be peronoid of me winning the lotto

My Dr told me gambling is the biggest addiction for the mentally ill. I don’t play because I know I’m not going to win. So I guess that’s just as delusional

I have heard gambling is a problem for people on abilify.

I have never been on the med though

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