I have to admit that I bought $5 in tickets yesterday.  I’ll occasionally drop the random $1 if the line at the counter isn’t to long, but for the amount currently at stake I’ll up the ante a bit.  I don’t expect to actually win the big prize, the odds are astronomical, and the odds of being the ONLY set of winning numbers (especially with this many people playing) are even worse.  However the odds for the 2nd and 3rd place prizes are alot more reasonable, and you know what?  Those far lower dollar amounts would pay off all my bills quite nicely and maybe even leave some left over to play around with.