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October 15, 2006

My Being a Loser is Going Public, and I'm Done with McDonald's, Now I'm Playing the Lottery!

By: The Dude on the Right
First I have an announcement to make.  After much soul-searching, and trying to attempt this on my own, I have come to the decision that the only shot I have at being a loser is to open myself to the total ridicule of not being able to be one.  With that, if you have been reading my blogs or listening to our podcasts, you know I am obsessed with the TV show "The Biggest Loser," and have been trying to have it inspire me to enter the next phase of my losing weight.  So far the show isn't enough, and so I must take it the world.  For more on this, whether to make fun of me or see if I make any progress, check out my MySpace page at (and be my friend) which is where I will be updating my progress, or just letting everyone know I'm giving up.  I at least hope to get through day one, tomorrow.

On another note, thanks to a Richard Roeper article and in keeping with my next attempt to lose weight, I'm through with the McDonald's Monopoly game.  Just like most everyone else I didn't pay attention to my odds of winning anything cool during the game, although I'm sure there will be a winner or two, here and there, but for the most part, play as you will, and you have an okay chance at a breakfast sandwich with your pull-off tickets, or maybe a ringtone if you also play the online game, but if you are lucky enough to win the $5,000,000 million dollar prize, paid over 20 years at $250,000 per year, you beat the odds, as Mr. Roeper pointed out, and as listed in the official rules for the game, of 1 in 41,497,391,309.  To help you with all of those commas, that is nearly 1 in 41.5 billion.  To put that in a little perspective, and from their websites, your odds of winning the Mega Millions game is only 1 in 175,711,536 (a little under 1 in 176 million), while the Powerball is even a little better at 1 in 146,107,962 (a little over 1 in 146 million).  Don't get me wrong, I love McDonald's and still think you can eat healthy there if you try, but I've probably bought about 10 extra hash browns I didn't need so far this month for my calorie intake ($10 better spent on lottery tickets according to the odds), and a few extra Diet Cokes that fine, didn't add to my waist-line, but did dip into my pocketbook and didn't get me any closer to getting that elusive "Short Line" and "Reading Railroad" to get me retired before the age of 40. 

Have fun pulling off those little game pieces, if you will, but for me I'm done and plan to spend the money I would have spent on hash browns on something I actually have a chance at winning:  The Lottery!  Hopefully it will help me lose weight.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at October 15, 2006 7:20 PM


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