Canadian Lotto Player Suing Over Not Knowing Odds

A Canadian lottery player sued the Loto-Quebec because she didn't understand the minuscule odds and is blaming the lottery for not explaining the odds of winning a jackpot.

Martha Karas sued the lottery because she had been purchasing tickets for years without winning big. She thought the odds of winning were a mere 5 million to 1, rather than the 14 million to 1 that is actually in place. Karas has played the lottery for over 20 years, and she feels she was wronged severely. She's looking for $112 million in punitive damages in addition to all profits that were generated after July 2017.

The plaintiff has pushed the case before, previously getting to the Quebec Superior Court in 2017 before it was tossed out. Her most recent attempt flamed out last week as the Court of Appeals threw out the case because of overwhelming evidence in the lottery's favor.

It's unknown if Karas will continue her attempts to get rich in court, but we'd reckon her odds of success will be about as slim as winning the lottery.

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13 May 2019 - 4:39pm
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People are idiots.

This reminds me of when I was working in the clean rooms and some guy was telling me how if he bought $200 worth of tickets, his odds of winning the Powerball were pretty good. I think the tickets were something like $2 a piece and he reasoned that if he bought 100 tickets he'd have odds of 1 in 1.7 million of winning the jackpot rather than 1 in 292 million, and he liked those odds.

Needless to say, he blew that money and got a VERY low return on his investment. Something like he won $40-ish back.

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I know we have to have rule of law and a fair legal system but surely people who try to perpetrate idiotic and frivolous stuff like this should be penalised in some way for wasting the court system's time and money.

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14 May 2019 - 3:33pm
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You think this is frivolous?!? Will you say that to her when she wins and becomes Queen of Canada?

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