Re "Lottery tickets and long shots," Opinion, March 16
With regard to why people ignore odds, I believe David J. Hand has missed one explanation.
The media constantly report the unusual. If we were instead barraged with stories similar to what we experience firsthand, our grasp of the odds would be closer to reality.
Did anyone else feel queasy reading Hand's improbability principle — that unlikely events keep happening regularly — just pages after being reminded that we face a massive earthquake or a nationwide, yearlong blackout?