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Buying a Lotto Ticket Whenever There's a Gajillion-Dollar Jackpot
Why it's bad: You know why it's bad. Lotteries offer the worst odds in legal gambling, yet Americans still spend an average $540 per household on lottery tickets every year. (That's about $100 more than they spend on milk or beer.)

How to stop: The current Mega Millions jackpot is $107 million; and your odds of winning are 1 in 258 million. That's worse than your odds of becoming a saint (about 1 in 20 million). Why not go with the safer bet?
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