Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I'm going to give God a chance to prove to me that he exists

Here's the deal. God can prove to me that he exists by winning the lottery for me three times. I'm going to play Powerball up to three times. The odds of winning a jackpot are 1 in 175 million. If I win the first time I play, that would be very lucky. I'll play again, though, to give God a chance to prove it was him, not blind chance. (If I lose, I'll stop playing, because why throw good money after bad?) If I win the second time (odds of winning twice are 1 in 175 million x 1 in 175 million = 1 in 30,625,000,000,000,000), I'll be agnostic. I'll think, "Maybe that was God." The odds of winning all three times are about one in 5,359,375,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 175 million x 1 in 175 million x 1 in 175 million), so if I can do that, I'll consider it a miracle and personal proof of God's existence.

That would convince me that there is a God. Here's my promise: if I win three jackpots in three tries, I will believe in God, tell everyone my story, and put the money to good use (i.e., I won't spend all of it on cars, hair plugs, and sugar babies). If there is a God, let's see if he's willing to step up and prove it. (I won't hold my breath, though.)

Edit: Tried to fix the math.

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2 comments:

  1. People have won the lottery more than once. Here's a woman who's won four times. Makes me wonder if she's now a believer.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/texas-woman-wins-millions-lottery-fourth-time/story?id=11097894

    You could argue that it actually makes you more likely to win, since you now have more disposable income for tickets.

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  2. Oh, I've heard of her. She's figured out a way to game the system, is all. ("All." It's actually quite a brilliant mathematical accomplishment.)

    I'm not going to use any kind of system, except to choose numbers by intuition (Or inspiration, if there's a God and he's willing to show himself). And it has to be three times in a row, or it won't count.

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