Tonight’s Powerball jackpot: $1.5 billion. Your chance of winning: less than zero.
Still, that sober reality has not stopped hopefuls across the country from buying Powerball tickets, and office Powerball pools from forming.
What’s the psychology behind the craze? If you bought a Powerball ticket, what’s your reason for doing so despite the hopeless odds?
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Robert Wilson, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Arizona