Why people play the lottery
Tim Rivers, a recently laid-off factory worker, was the sole winner of an $89 million Powerball prize in Indiana. Tim and his wife Pam, both 24, plan to move out of their mobile home and buy a new house for themselves and their son, 6, and their daughter, 4, with the $49.9 million in cash they'll receive for their prize.
Of course, the question is, why was a laid-off factory worker living in a mobile home with two young children spending his precious cash reserves on lottery tickets?
Unfortunately, no news service ever runs the headline, "Local man could have bought car with the money he wasted buying lottery tickets over the past 10 years."