The Incredible Absurdity of How We Award Lottery Jackpots

Jim Fonseca
4 min readJul 30, 2022
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You’ve probably heard that Mega Millions has a billion-dollar jackpot as of the end of July 2022. Do you have your ticket yet? (I do!) We’ve all heard the old joke that a lottery is a tax on people who aren’t good at math. That may be true, so let’s see if we can help some of these folks out.

Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.