The husband and wife that won the $270 million lottery the other day... they must've been totally bewildered and dumbstruck, because their reaction was so muted. Something that's come up before, this issue of people being tickets for the chance to dream. One thing I wonder is whether these buyers buy earlier in the week than later. After all, if your primary motivation is to lay back in your La-Z-Boy and fantasize about having $100 million, then there's no reason to buy your ticket the second before they pick the balls (unless, of course, you know you're going to buy one and can start dreaming before the ticket is in-hand. Possible).
Another question is whether these people buy more than one ticket. Some folks, as you know, buy $50 worth. Hard to imagine them just wanting a license to dream at that price -- they're really playing to win.
So if you accept a couple of tenuous premises, does it stand to reason that people who buy tickets earlier in the week also buy smaller numbers of them?