### 007. Better To Be Unlucky

Sam, an unemployed piano tuner, said it was the second thing he had ever won in life. The first thing was an Afghan blanket a church raffle when he was 25 years . But this was much bigger: it was \$120,000! had won the Big Cube, a state lottery . To win, a contestant must first guess which a spinning cube will stop on. The cube six numbers on it: 1X, 10X, 50X, 100X, , and 1000X. If he is correct, the contestant then guess which of two selected variables is to be greater. So, just guessing which number on the cube does not guarantee that you win any money.
Sam correctly guessed 1000X, but still had to choose between two variables. One was the number of cars that would run stop sign at Hill Street and Lake Avenue six hours. The other variable was the number times that a teenage boy would change TV in a three-hour period. This was a tough .
Finally, Sam flipped a coin. It came up , so Sam picked the teenager. He picked right. stop sign was run only 76 times, but teen clicked 120 times. Sixty-year-old Sam jumped for , for he had just won 1000 times 120, \$120,000. Sam dreamily left the lottery studio. Talking on his cell phone while crossing the street, got hit by a little sports car.
Sam slowly getting better. He was in the hospital a month. His hospital bill was \$110,000. And insurance company for the little sports car’s owner Sam for \$9,000 worth of repairs. Also, Sam has to pay federal taxes on his winnings. doesn’t play the state lottery any more. He it’s better to be unlucky.

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