That, at least, is a possibility after there were no big winners in Saturday's Powerball drawing for a nearly $1 billion payday. Officials now estimate the jackpot will reach $1.3 billion by the time of Wednesday's drawing.
No one, of course, is suggesting you dump all your stocks and buy a bunch of Powerball tickets. But the thought is probably crossing the minds of many investors after the market's nosedive last week and the likelihood of more declines ahead.
Say you sold all your stocks for $200,000 and bought 100,000 Powerball tickets at $2 a pop. That, in theory, would increase your chances of winning the big prize -- or at least part of it.
The odds of winning all five numbers plus the Powerball are 1 in 292.2 million, according to the Powerball section of the Multi-State Lottery Association's Web site.
That's pretty bad odds. And they don't get much better if you buy a lot of tickets. Buying 100,000 tickets increases your chance from one-in-292 million to about 0.03%, according to Dr. Xialu Liu, an assistant professor in information systems at San Diego State University's College of Business Administration.