Cheyenne and Matteo are discussing more things they’d like to buy if they were to win the lottery, but Sandra chimes in let them know about lump sum payments versus annuities. She explains how the two of them wouldn’t actually get the full amount if they take the lump sum payment and how they are forgetting that they’ll be required to pay taxes on the winnings.
When it comes to selecting numbers for a lottery, people tend to irrationally believe certain numbers are more important than others. Each number is just as likely to be selected as the other numbers, so placing a higher probability on one number being selected isn’t rational. Garret isn’t fooled, but he also isn’t fond of wasting his time watching others behave so irrationally.
Winning the Lottery
What would you do if you won the lottery? This clip fits nicely with two different sections of an economics course. The first is how people respond to income increases in terms of purchasing normal goods or luxury goods. For labor economics, this discussion is a good segue to discussion how increases in income decrease the time people devote to work assuming leisure is a normal good.
Picking Random Numbers
Cheyenne and Mateo are trying to pick numbers for the upcoming Missouri jackpot and are discussing how random their numbers are. While each combination is no more lucky than any other combination, there are particular numbers that people pick because they feel lucky. The odds of the lottery being 1-2-3-4-5 are just as likely as any other combination of five numbers, but the likelihood of sharing the jackpot with another person is probably pretty low.