Presented on this page is a calculator which allows you to enter some details about an upcoming Mega Millions drawing and receive the tool’s best guess of the expected value per ticket purchased. For details, read the article below the calculator.
As has been mentioned in previous articles, people from all demographics have a taste for gambling. As Personal Finance blogger, I may not seem like the type of person who is intrigued by lottery payouts, but here in the States the recent Mega Millions drawing was estimated at a lump sum payment of $462 million. If we assume a 1 in 176 million chance to win and a 50% tax rate, the expected value of a $1 lottery ticket seems to be $1.31! Additionally, losses are tax deductible against other gambling winngs (meaning that $1 may only cost you $0.75 or less) and a significant portion goes to fund state governments, very often in the form of education subsidies.