For the first time since that one Lisa Kudrow movie came out, a multi-miliion dollar lottery is a national news story before the winner is drawn. At least as far as I can remember, there’s never been a lottery that captures the public’s attention to the point that the biggest media outlets on the planet are covering the story like it isn’t some gigantic 50-50 at a high school football game. I guess that’s what spending a dollar to win $640 million will do.
And that huge number is also the reason at least one NBA bro is going hard in the MegaMillions paint. The D.C. Sports Bog has the story.
And apparently, one of those people is Wizards rookie Chris Singleton, who wrote on Twitter Wednesday night that he was about to spend $10,000 on Mega Millions tickets. He did not appear to be joking.
It’s true. It was on Twitter and he’s definitely not joking. This is a business move for Chris Singleton.
“I hope your kidding.. Your odds from buying 1 to 10,000 is insignificant,” someone else argued.
“Well if I get more than 10000 back then it was a smart investment.,” Singleton countered. “Whatever happens I’m dedicated to making more money.”
“And to him, that’s probably like $100,” a sympathetic fan noted.
“Its an investment guys,” Singleton wrote.
Everything about this actually makes perfect sense to me. A small investment — $10,000 is less than one percent of Singleton’s salary this season and the equivalent of spending $266 to someone who makes $40,000 a year — for a chance to win half a billion dollars is smart, plus there’s a bigger chance he hits enough numbers that he wins back his 10 grand and then some. Despite my best Googling efforts, I couldn’t find Chris Singleton’s college major, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Genius Investing.
And hey, if he does win, he could buy at least a significant portion of the Wizards. NBA players aren’t currently allowed to own teams and still play for them, but when you’ve got $640 million, you make the rules. Just ask Mark “Privacy Sucks” Zuckerberg.