1. Odds of death by vending machine: 1 in 112 million
    Odds of death by fireworks: 1 in 340,733
    Odds of winning the $500 million jackpot tonight: 1 in 176 million

    7 things that will kill you before you win the Powerball jackpot 

    (Source: theweek.com)


  2. Statistics from South Carolina highlight the lottery’s reliance on low earners: people in households earning under $40,000 made up 54 percent of frequent players, while constituting only 28 percent of the state’s population. Meanwhile, a PBS report earlier this year showed that, for America’s very poorest, the lottery is a heavy expenditure: Households that earn at most $13,000 a year spend 9 percent of their money on lottery tickets.
    — Natasha Lennard at Salon explains the lottery’s dark side

    (Source: theweek.com)


  3. For a little perspective, we offer the cartoon of the day

    Copyright Gary Varvel, 2012 creators syndicate