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In The Fickle Hands Of Lady Luck
|Glenn Stapleton has a dream. The Toronto shipper and receiver is not asking for much--he just wants to make a million dollars and retire in the lap of luxury. Freedom 55, perhaps? Try freedom 6/49. Stapleton, 34, is staking his hopes for future financial security on matching six numbers on a Lotto 6/49 entry form. So far, the most he has ever won is $76. But relentessly optimistic, he keeps buying tickets, spending about $25 a week. "I like going for big things--if I lose it, I lose it," says the Newfoundland native, who has yet to invest in a registered retirement savings plan. "Maybe if I keep on trying, I might win."|
AGAINST ALL ODDS
The chances of winning any prize in Ontario's Lotto 6/49 are slim--let alone an average $2-million jackpot. Even the odds of winning the minimum $10 fifth prize for just three correct numbers are the same as flipping six heads in a row.
SOURCE: PROF. FRED M. HOPPE, McMASTER UNIVERSITY
MACLEAN'S / NOVEMBER 4, 1996