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Old 03-03-2010, 01:31 PM
CookingWithGas CookingWithGas is offline
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Originally Posted by The Flying Dutchman View Post
Originally Posted by [B
UncleFred][/b]You're expected return is better if you don't buy a ticket.

If you buy a $1 ticket, your expected return is $0.50 (depending on the game) whereas if you put the $1 in your pocket the expected return is $1.
Actually, if you put the dollar in your pocket your return (or expected return) is zero.
Yes. And if you buy a $1 ticket the expected value is -$0.50.