The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot hover somewhere around 1 in 146 million. So the thinking man wouldn't spend a dollar to play unless the jackpot was at least $146,000,001, right? Well, let's face it, when it comes to sizing up odds, a lot of us guys aren't always thinking that clearly. Significantly more men than women gamble, after all, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Erik Rifkin, a coauthor of The Illusion of Certainty: Health Benefits and Risks, wants to help us be a bit smarter about how we play the odds, at least when our health, rather than our wealth, is what's at stake. Rifkin's primary objective in writing the book was to help people—including men—do a better job of understanding the health statistics constantly being heaved at us about risks and benefits. He and I came up with five ways you can avoid misinterpreting risk.
And for the compulsive gamblers out there, here are some stats, courtesy of a Canadian organization that helps men with gambling problems, to chew on: